CrowdIt Joins 2013 COSE Small Business Convention as Supporting Sponsor of Pitch Competition

National Small Business Convention Attracts More Than 1,000 Business Professionals and Entrepreneurs to Learn How to Start, Grow and Nurture a Business

Oct 22, 2013, 09:04 ET from CrowdIt

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CrowdIt (, the first company to bring business networking and support services into the crowdfunding experience, announced its participation in the 2013 Small Business Convention presented by the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), a leading business conference aimed at helping small businesses thrive. CrowdIt is a supporting sponsor of the COSE 2013 Business Pitch Competition ( The competition will provide ambitious small business owners and entrepreneurs the chance to win part of the $40,000 in prize money to help lift their ideas off the ground. The winning plan takes home the $20,000 first prize and also gets the chance to work with experts in the field and have access to mentorship and tools to help create a successful small business.


CrowdIt has created strong industry buzz and attracted a large initial number of projects and users due to its mission to revolutionize the crowdfunding industry by adding value beyond just the funding event. Its model provides much-needed support for success through mentoring, peer-review and third-party support services, while extending the crowdfunding experience to the professional community at large through an interactive and engaging social network.

For the winner of the 2013 Business Pitch Competition, CrowdIt will be awarding a complementary crowdfunding campaign. Second and third place winners will receive half-off fees for a campaign as well.

"The COSE Small Business Convention is an excellent opportunity for aspiring small businesses to gain momentum," said Jason Graf, CrowdIt's CEO.  "We are excited to help those with dreams large and small. The Pitch Competition is a great venue to help folks test their 'story' and take their aspirations to the next level."

In addition, Graf will host an hour-long workshop at the 2013 Small Business Convention entitled, "The Basics of Crowdfunding: Is it Right for Your Business?" The workshop will focus on the different aspects of crowdfunding, the economic forecast for the industry and the core principles behind the phenomenon. For the full convention program, please visit: (

The 2013 Small Business Convention will take place October 24-25, 2013 at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio and will feature some of the biggest names in small business as well as workshops, networking, special events and expert keynote speakers. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend.

For more information about the 2013 Small Business Convention please visit (

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About CrowdIt
Based in Springfield, MO, CrowdIt ( is the first company to bring business networking and support services into the crowdfunding experience. Unlike first-generation crowdfunding sites, CrowdIt offers more than a place to raise capital. It is a community of Dreamers, Believers and Suits who believe in the power of an idea, passion or project. CrowdIt presents an end-to-end crowdfunding community that promotes success after funding, through networking, peer review and expert advice. A start-up, CrowdIt is privately held and backed by venture capital firm Baron VC. For more information, please visit (

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