In support of the Utah Small Business Development Centers Network, we bring the following to your attention.

April 20, 2016

Bryce Hansen, Assistant Director

SLCC Hosts Utah Crowdfunding Conference 2016

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—The Salt Lake Region Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Salt Lake Community College Miller Business Resource Center present the Second Annual Utah Crowdfunding Conference April 28, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at SLCC’s Miller Campus. The event is sponsored by My City Journals and the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

Panel discussions and speakers will focus on creating powerful crowdfunding campaigns and viral videos, recruiting “influencers” and equity crowdfunding. As part of the conference, attendees will crowdfund ideas or products for the Crowdfund Hero Competition—winners will receive cash awards.

“Last year we had over 300 attendees and many great speakers and panelists,” said Bryce Hansen, assistant director of the Salt Lake SBDC. “This year we’re taking the conference to a higher level by adding training from highly-experienced and knowledgeable experts in equity crowdfunding.”

The presence of crowdfunding to support entrepreneurs through online donations has grown from $1.5 billion in 2011 to more than $34 billion in 2015.  In May 2016, Equity crowdfunding becomes legal in the U.S.

“Crowdfunding has become a major resource for companies to create good ideas and see their products become reality,” said Jim Herrin, director of the Salt Lake SBDC. “With the addition of equity crowdfunding this May, the opportunity to bring many more products to market should substantially increase.”

The conference cost, with breakfast and lunch included, is $33.95 until April 24, and $41.95 April 25-28. To register online or for more information visit


About the Utah Small Business Development Centers Network

The Utah SBDC network is a program of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and is funded by the SBA and State of Utah. It is hosted at 15 colleges and universities throughout Utah and provides business advising, mentoring and services to small business owners at no charge.

About Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, comprehensive community college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 60,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.