SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CrowdIt (www.crowdit.com), the first company to bring business networking and support services into the crowdfunding experience, announced it's CEO, Jason Graf, was elected President of the Springfield, Missouri chapter of SCORE (http://springfieldmo.score.org/). Graf has been a SCORE mentor since March 2011, and will further SCORE's mission to strengthen small business, the local community and America overall by supporting the country's proud heritage of entrepreneurs seeking opportunities and building success.
"I am honored to step into my new role as President of the Springfield, Missouri chapter of SCORE," said Graf. "I'm now in a more influential position to further support our Springfield community and the organizations that have helped me grow as a person and as an entrepreneur."
The Springfield, Missouri chapter of SCORE was founded in 1974 and now has more than 30 volunteers. Springfield, Missouri SCORE received a Chapter Growth Award for the 2011/2012 fiscal year, one of only eight chapters nationwide (out of 340+) that was honored for exceptional growth. Graf knows he has big shoes to fill as the new chapter president, as the Springfield, Missouri chapter also received a Platinum Award for the last Fiscal year (2012/2013) – the highest performance-based award any SCORE chapter can achieve within the organization.
Graf and his business partners are committed to supporting small business success and cultivating entrepreneurship – a shared value most recently highlighted by the launch of their new crowdfunding platform called CrowdIt (http://www.crowdit.com/home/about). "The reasons most entrepreneurs and small businesses fail is two-fold: lack of experience and lack of funding," explained Graf. "Our new crowdfunding model, along with organizations like SCORE, can help alleviate these challenges with mentorship opportunities, free business tools and resources and invaluable networking opportunities."
To learn more about CrowdIt, please visit www.crowdit.com. Don't Just Dream It, CrowdIt!
Based in Springfield, MO, CrowdIt (www.crowdit.com) 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 (www.crowdit.com).
Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE provides small business mentoring and workshops to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses. More than 11,000 business experts volunteer as mentors in over 340 chapters serving local communities with entrepreneur education to help grow 1 million small businesses.
For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Visit SCORE at www.score.org. Connect with SCORE at www.facebook.com/SCOREFans and www.twitter.com/SCOREMentors.
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