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State of Michigan Offers Free Seminars for Entrepreneurs in the U.P.

LARA-LOGO-RGB-4WEBA free seminar is being offered in Houghton next week on how local entrepreneurs can raise capital for their business.

The event is being put on by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and hosted at the Michigan Tech Lakeshore Center in Houghton.

Linda Cena is with the State of Michigan’s Securities Division.

The seminar will feature presentations by two securities attorneys and participants will learn about available options for raising capital and other issues important to the success of one’s business.

The event takes place Thursday, September 22nd and is free to attend.

Here are more details:

LARA Invites Upper Peninsula Entrepreneurs to Attend Free Seminar: Know Your Options for Raising Capital Sept. 21-22: Marquette, Escanaba, Houghton, Sault Ste. Marie

September 8, 2016 – Entrepreneurs throughout the Upper Peninsula are encouraged to attend a free seminar to learn more about available options for raising capital and many other issues important to the success of their new business. New business owners will learn about the new federal crowdfunding rules and Michigan’s intrastate crowdfunding with presentations by two of the state’s top securities attorneys.

Seminars will be presented September 21 in Marquette (simulcast live in Escanaba); and September 22 in Houghton (simulcast live in Sault Ste. Marie).  The seminars are being offered by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) in cooperation with Innovate Marquette SmartZone, Escanaba Michigan Works!, MTEC SmartZone, and the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation.

“I encourage entrepreneurs who want to know more about starting their own business to participate in the seminar,” said LARA’s Director Shelly Edgerton. “Featured experts will be providing important information that will greatly benefit new startups.”

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 – 5:30pm to 8:30pm

*         Northern Michigan University, Don H. Bottum University Center, Brule Room, 1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI  49855.  Dinner will be provided.

*         Bay de Noc Community College 2001 N. Lincoln Rd., Room 525 (via live simulcast) Escanaba, MI  49829. Dinner will be provided.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 – 8:00am to 12:00pm

*         Michigan Technological University, 1st Floor Community Room, 600 E. Lakeshore Dr., Houghton, MI  49931. Breakfast will be provided.

*         Lake Superior State University, Walker Cisler Center, East Superior Room (via live simulcast) 650 W. Easterday Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI  49783. Breakfast will be provided.

Seating is limited! Registration for a seminar is online at: https://w2.lara.state.mi.us/CapitalSeminar

Edgerton emphasized that entrepreneurial development is key to revitalizing Michigan’s economy and that entrepreneurial firms have different financing needs and capital formation can often be a significant impediment to aspiring entrepreneurs.

She said providing entrepreneurship education, along with LARA’s work on streamlining the state’s regulatory and licensing environments are necessary to creating an environment that encourages entrepreneurial growth.

“We are excited to bring the seminar to the Upper Peninsula. We’ve held these seminars in other areas of the state where large audiences gave rave reviews,” said CSCL Director Julia Dale. “Participants commented on how the seminars greatly exceeded their expectations, the speakers were fantastic, and that they provided “a great overture of so many funding choices.'”

There will be no charge for parking or admission to the seminar. The facility hosting the seminar is accessible to people with disabilities.

The seminars are offered in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Small Business Association of Michigan, and the Michigan – National Federation of Independent Business.

For more information about LARA, please visit www.michigan.gov/lara<http://www.michigan.gov/lara.

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