SUNY to Host Leading-Edge Seminar on ‘Crowdfunding’ at Lake Placid

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Sept. 19, 2012 - PRLog -- PLATTSBURGH, NY – September 17, 2012 – Three national experts on Crowdfunding--the newest method of raising money for small, growing businesses--will conduct a seminar on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in the Cardinal Lounge, Angell College Center, at SUNY Plattsburgh from 5:00 PM to 7:45 PM.   Headliners of the event are David Drake, chairman of LDJ Capital and founder of The Soho Loft Capital Creation Event Series; Enzo Villani, CEO of Villani Advisors and professor in the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship; and Christine Landon, founder and CEO of WebFinancial, LLC (, a crowdfunding-based financial system startup.

The seminar will cover the basics of Crowdfunding and explain how to benefit from the Jumpstart our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which was signed by President Obama in April 2012.  During the seminar, the latest developments in crowdfunding, specifically what it means for entrepreneurs, angel investors & venture capitalists, will be tackled.   Attendees will learn how to take advantage of the opportunities created by the new law to help grow and expand their businesses in the North Country and around the world.  

One of the seminar headliners, David Drake, stated that “Our expertise is in helping Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) and start ups find capital formation solutions.”   Drake is an international thought leader on the crowdfunding phenomenon, and he frequently shares his knowledge on “crowdfunding best practices” in the U.S. and abroad.  He is one of the founding members of CFIRA (CrowdFund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates) and CfPA (Crowdfund Professional Association).   Christine Landon’s expertise extends to the development of online platforms for crowdfunding.

According to expert panelist, Enzo Villani, “Crowdfunding is changing the capital formation process all around the world. If our business students at SUNY Plattsburgh are to succeed in their entrepreneurial pursuits, they need to enter the business world armed with knowledge of the new newest sources of capital--crowdfunding and crowdsourcing.”   Villani is the newest faculty member in the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at SUNY Plattsburgh.    

Dr. Nancy J. Church, Chair of the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship in the School of Business and Economics, SUNY Plattsburgh, stated “We are excited to have such high-powered, distinguished guest speakers visit the campus, and we hope that members of the business community will take the opportunity to join us!  As the only SUNY school that offers a B.S. in Entrepreneurship degree, we want to offer leading edge and relevant programs that will help our students and local entrepreneurs discover ways to raise capital and follow their dreams.”

The program is co-sponsored by the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship and the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Plattsburgh and is open to the campus and to the general public.  The cost of the program is $25 for the general public and free for all university and college students.  Pizza and soft drinks will be served.  All proceeds will go to the Plattsburgh College Foundation to benefit Entrepreneurship and Marketing student activities.  For reservations and more information, please call Dr. Nancy J. Church at 518-564-4169 or email her at

ABOUT The Soho Loft (

The Soho Loft Capital Creation Events ("TSL") is a global event platform that strives to promote and advance strategic and diligent mainstream and alternative investing for start-up entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises. TSL seeks to provide relevant education and visionary leadership training in the areas of capital formation, crowd funding, angel networking, non-conventional funding, eb5 green card programs, micro-finance, venture capital, private equity and hedge funds. All creative investing solutions are focused in allowing the start-ups and SMEs to optimize all opportunities to grow their business through product/service/market/human resource innovation while seeking to do so in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. All of which are directed to creating a new path to socio-economic prosperity.

David Drake, founder and CEO of TSL, a subsidiary of LDJ Capital, has co-founded the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) towards these goals. He is also a representative of the U.S. Commerce delegation to Brussels and Rome with European Ministers and legislators at the Transatlantic Economic Council forum in July 2012. Overall, TSL's mission is to bring global awareness and develop infrastructure to facilitate the country’s capital formation, innovation and job creation. As such, The Soho Loft operates as a leading global corporate strategy advisory.

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