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Announcing a beautiful new way to do sponsored rewards!

Getting your community engaged with your campaigns is the key to building a dynamic crowdfunding ecosystem—and TLC offers an elegantly designed tool to help you. It's called "Sponsored Rewards," and it gives you the flexibility to add rewards to campaigns that are sponsored by third parties. We have recently re-designed this feature to make it easier than ever to use. The illustration shows how beautifully it fits into your rewards display. Each reward includes a photograph, price, description…

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Join Our Step-by-Step Series for Running a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Check out our new Step-By-Step Series for building a great campaign! Each Wednesday at the TLC Clinic we will present a brief, 10-minute program covering one of the steps. Clinics begin at Noon Mountain  (11 Pacific, 1 Central, 2 Eastern). Below are the topics and dates. If you missed one or would like to review, the recordings are available in our new Campaign Creator Resources group. May 31 Are You Crowdfund Ready?  June 7 Start Early June 14 Focus Your Vision June 21 Build Your Community…

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Community teams are so awesome!

Yesterday we met with the Laramie Local Crowd Team hosted by Trey Sherwood of Laramie Main Street. Campaign creators for current and future campaigns attended, along with TLC Folks (Kim Vincent, Jessica Romero and Di Wolverton) and Campaign Advisor Jim Drever from the SBDC. The conversation buzzed with ideas for strategies, marketing, connecting with funders, and coming up with irresistible rewards. Creative magic happens when a committed group of people get together with the goal of supporting…

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The Local Crowd is Growing—Meet Our Four New Communities!

The Local Crowd has selected four rural communities to serve as Demonstration Sites for a USDA funded research project. The Local Crowd’s platform offers features and educational programs designed to help rural communities activate entrepreneurial ecosystems and spur local investment. The two-year USDA Small Business Innovation Research grant will support the launch of 15 Demonstration Sites, with the ultimate goal of commercializing a new tool that provides better access to capital for…

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Learning Resources


Why Local?

National Main Street Conference 2015

The Importance of Local Investing
Michael Schuman, Author & Local Investing Expert

The Power of Local Investing: Part 1
Amy Cortese, Author & Local Investing Expert

The Power of Local Investing: Part 2
Amy Cortese, Author & Local Investing Expert


Best Practices

Project Creation 101: Crowdfunding Tips for Success
The Local Crowd

Best Practices: How I Got the Crowd in My Crowdfunding Campaign
The Local Crowd

Best Practices for Building A Social Network
The Local Crowd

Social Media in 30 minutes a Day
The Local Crowd

50 Shades of Crowdfunding
The Local Crowd

The Nuts Bolts of Crowdfunding
The Local Crowd

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  • Regarding Homework for 4.0, Session #5; 3CORE's initial timeline looks to go live October 1, 2017. We are still working on the guidelines but hope to have a working draft by the first week of June!
  • Today we begin our 4th Make it Happen! Class! Congratulations to the new Demonstration Site Communities!
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