SBA to start online training on Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs

CrowdFunding Beat News Wire , An introduction to crowdfunding for entrepreneurs. SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurship Education provides this self-paced training exercise as an overview of crowdfunding (also commonly referred to as ‘crowd financing’ or ‘crowd sourced capital’). You will find the course easy to follow and the subject matter indexed for quick reference and easy access. It will take about 30 minutes to complete the course. As audio is used throughout the training, please adjust your speakers accordingly. A transcript and keyboard shortcuts are available to further assist with user accessibility. The highlighted next steps at the conclusion of the program will help you apply what you have learned and engage you in the process of crowdfunding. When you complete the course, you will have the option of receiving a completion confirmation from the SBA.


Some of the areas covered include:
1) Definition of crowdfunding
2) Choosing your business Idea
3) How to develop a business plan
4) How to choose a business model
Numerous additional resources are identified to assist you. Visit the
Resources icon in the course player or locate additional tools, templates and
mentors on once you finish the course.
Let?s get started!
Slide 4
What is crowdfunding?
Are you looking for capital to start or grow your business? Sometimes, even
with a solid idea and business plan, finding third party financing can be a
challenge for many small business owners.
You may have heard the term ?crowdfunding? recently. In this course we will
examine this growing phenomenon and how it can help you grow your business.
In recent tough economic times, crowdfunding has become a popular and
alternative method of raising finance for a business, real estate investment,
project or idea, and as popularized by multiple websites in the United
President Barack Obama signed the Jumpstart our Business Startups Act (JOBS)
officially opening up a new source of funding for small companies and
startups to encourage economic growth. Much of the attention so far has been
on this component of the bill because it would allow financing via
crowdfunding. Participants can raise as much as $1 million a year without

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