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The Ritz Group Launches ‘Shark Attack"

Prominent Georgia-based Business Networking Company and Crowdfund Industry Pioneer Announce a Series of Crowdfund Awareness Events

Atlanta, GA, April 3, 2013 - The Ritz Group, a prominent Georgia-based business networking company, and NowSteet Media, a leading advocate for "crowdfund investing" and Wall Street reform, have teamed up to launch a series of Crowdfunding awareness programs culminating with a crowdfunding-centric Shark Attack. The Ritz Group branded Shark Attack is a webcast take-off of the popular TV show "Shark Tank" that is rapidly becoming known as the nation's newest venue for educating and promoting equity funding for early stage companies.

As we approach the one year anniversary of the historic signing of the JOBS Act, there is no better time to launch a national crowdfunding awareness initiative aimed at helping the public embrace crowdfunding as an opportunity to inspire economic prosperity and social consciousness.
"I am honored to be working on this important endeavor with The Ritz Group," stated Dara Albright, Founder of NowStreet.   Larry White, President & CEO of the Ritz Group, continued "We have arranged a series of events that will not only garner industry recognition, but will also help local small business access the capital necessary to expand and create jobs."

The month-long programs include:
º   A free-webinar on the Shark Attack competition, crowdfunding techniques and tips for achieving a successful crowdfunding campaign. A replay of the webinar can be found at .

º  A Pitch Tank competition that will run throughout the week of April 8th where local small businesses will vie for the chance to be featured as "bait" at the Crowdfunding Shark Attack event on April 18th.

º   A one hour Ritz Group Web TV national webcast that will begin at 3:30pm EST on Thursday, April 18th on the " State of Crowdfunding " and will feature leading industry experts.

º   The live Crowdfunding Shark Attack event, which will be run from 5:30 to 6:30pm on April 18,th will spotlight our three Crowdfunding industry experts (sharks) and the three winners (bait) of the Pitch Tank competition. Our sharks will include Candace Klein, CEO of SoMoLend; Maurice Lopes, Founder of EarlyShares and Jonathan Wilson, Attorney at Taylor English. Participants can join us to network "live" from 3:00pm to 7:30pm at the City Club in Buckhead or virtually via webcast .

º   The live networking event on the 18th will feature eight (8) Exhibitor Booths enabling entrepreneurs and sponsors to demo products and pitch to investors.

The Ritz Group is a 26 year old premier networking event that meets the third Thursday of each month to connect entrepreneurs with debt and seed round investment capital from crowdfunding, debt and equity capital resources (Angels, Angel funds and VC). The Ritz Group Capital Community provides online members with a social media match.dot.com experience designed to showcase and connect entrepreneurs with investment resources based on their investment criteria. The Ritz Group achieved national prominence with Shark Attack featuring three ICON industry leaders vs. 3 entrepreneur Pitch Tank winners. The Ritz Group will achieve another national first with their May Launch of the Capital Expo, an electronic Trade Show that enables investors to virtually walk the aisles and click on the entrepreneurs electronic booth to view their investment Power Pitch. Additional Information can be found at   http://www.ritzgroup.org

Symbolizing the Wall Street of tomorrow, NowStreet is a leading financial media, events and advisory company on the forefront of financial innovation. Known for its cutting-edge market commentary and acclaimed crowdfunding events that feature some of the most prominent speakers in the financial industry as well as the legislature, NowStreet endeavors to enable issuers, investors as well as traditional financial service providers capitalize during this unprecedented period of financial industry disruption and regulatory reform. Additional information can be found at  http://www.Nowstreetjournal.com 

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