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Creative Economy Week: Opportunity Zone Financing

THURSDAY, MAY 16  •  5 - 7 PM

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Creative Economy Week begins on May 13, and Forage is excited to host an event on creative, new opportunities to invest in entrepreneurs.

Brian Edstrom is a 1999 memorial graduate and partner/shareholder at Avisen Legal in Minneapolis. Prior to joining Avisen, Brian spent seven years working for federal and state regulatory agencies in Washington D.C. and Minnesota.  In Washington, Brian investigated civil rights and civil fraud claims with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and Civil Division, Consumer Protection Branch. In Minnesota, Brian served as the Director of Securities at the Minnesota Department of Commerce, where he was responsible for overseeing registration of securities offerings, and registration, enforcement and examination activities involving investment advisers and broker dealers doing business in Minnesota.

For the past several years Brian has been working on securities crowdfunding. What is securities crowdfunding? Think Kickstarter or GoFundMe, but where a business owner offers equity in a business through an online portal as opposed to merely soliciting donations.  Securities crowdfunding offerings are subject to complex federal and state securities regulations and need to be structured with the help of an attorney. Brian works with entrepreneurs who need help raising money from investors through securities offerings.  In particular, he has expertise in helping business owners use “securities crowdfunding” to raise money.

Joining Brian will be Lisa Holter Ankel, also from Avisen, and David Duccini, one of Brian's clients. David owns and operates Silicon Prairie, a crowdfunding portal that is registered in Wisconsin to lawfully host securities crowdfunding offerings involving Wisconsin businesses and Wisconsin investors. 

Light snacks will be served, and wine and Lazy Monk Beer can be purchased by the glass. Tickets cost $5. Pre-registration is not required, but it will help us decide how much cheese to buy!  


For more information about this event, please contact Kristen Dexter at or 715.461.0082.

COST: $5

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