Our original goal and the thing we strive for in the creation of each of our magazines is to help foster connection in the communities we serve. It used to be that neighbors would visit with neighbors as they sat on the porch in a rocking chair or walking by, this social sphere kept communities in the know and connected one to another.
Today even as we go about town we are looking down at our phones and avoiding eye contact (I'm no different). When we moved to North Ogden from Las Vegas, we felt like outsiders. We felt like no one knew us and we didn't know them or anything about our town. Today we are so excited when we hear, over and over, how our magazines have made new comers feel at home, because they are able to know what is happening in the city as well as hear of stories of local history and current events. Long time residents love the magazines too. It is a great way to connect with the community and to be part of something good and positive in a crazy world.
We are also able to connect with what we believe is a natural human instinct which is to create. We all have different talents and we can all create on different levels. I grew up in a home where I believed that if my mom wasn't actively engaged in creating something she would have burst. She was incredibly creative and brave. She taught me to "Fake it till I make it." She taught me by example as well. When she didn't have the money for me to buy a corsage for an upcoming dance, she figured out how to make one herself. Eventually all of my friends would buy corsages from her because they were so much cooler that the regular flower store and less $. Her example and our goal of creating connection are what inspire us everyday.
They are also what inspired our mission. Create, Connect, Inspire.
This mission is what inspired us to start our two annual contests. We host a annual Photo Contest and an annual Art Contest. This year we had 248 unique photographs and 124 unique art pieces submitted to our contests across our platforms. In all there were over 12,000 votes cast for these unique photographs and art pieces. We are honored to highlight the talents of the members of our communities.
Watch the video below to hear some of the amazing stories of connection we have experienced in our own lives because of our publications.
Also we hope you will consider investing in our crowd funding campaign. We are the top fundraiser on the Mr Crowd website so far so thank you to all who have contributed! We have raised about $76,000 in total with almost $8,000 on Mr Crowd. Our goal is to get the Mr. Crowd fund to over $50,000 by the end of the year. Visit the campaign here: https://www.mrcrowd.com/company/CP to learn more. If you need more details, you can also click on the Form C on Edgar to get all the details we had to submit to the SEC for our filing. Or just click here: https://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?action=getcompany&filenum=020-25376&owner=exclude&count=40
New laws provide a safe and simple process for companies to raise debt-free capital from non-accredited investors. Thanks to the JOBS Act, anyone 18-years-old and older can invest in qualified companies. This is a GAME CHANGER for how business owners can raise debt-free capital in today's world and how everyday people can invest in start-up companies.
One of the amazing companies YOU can invest in is Connection Publishing. Connection Publishing is a stunning community magazine company that partners with cities to replace the traditional city newsletter with a full-featured, full-color news magazine, like the one you are reading now. They partner with each city to become their official magazine featuring official city news with added fun and engaging human interest stories from the local community. They highlight outstanding students, local hiking trails, recipes, restaurants, and business spotlights, and local history in each month’s magazines. This provides a hyper-local magazine for the communities they serve while also providing a source for local businesses to advertise their products and services.
It's so cool to have a magazine that wants to unite people and communities. Bringing back that community feeling, showing that you belong and you are not alone. That is what everyone longs for.
Connection Publishing is now expanding and opening new city publications. The popularity of their magazine has been tremendous and they are looking at serving more communities that would benefit from the magazines and communication tools. Cities love the publications because they are able to communicate effectively with their community. The magazine is also unifying and a source of pride to the community because many of the articles are written by community members.
With this new ISM platform YOU can now be the first to invest as little as $100 into Connection Publishing, before it goes national. Imagine being able to invest in Vogue Magazine, the first year it was created, or Facebook when it only had 5 people on the network! Imagine how that would change your life.
Well, Connection Publishing plans to scale and could one day be in every city in every state before you know it. Because of the value they provide, it is projected to succeed, and you can get in during this first phase. To check out this once in a life-time opportunity visit: http://mrcrowd.com/company/CP
And be sure to keep an eye out, because Connection Publishing will be airing on Season Two of a new entrepreneurial TV Show, America’s Real Deal, hoping for your votes to be crowned the Real Deal!
“I am thrilled to be part of America’s Real Deal where the everyday American can invest and purchase products in the companies they believe in.” Forbes Riley, Billionaire Business Icon.
America’s Real Deal season one is set to air this fall. To watch the trailer of the upcoming show, America’s Real Deal visit https://www.americasrealdeal.com/optin-1541448076.
Melissa and I are excited to share some big news with you. Most of you, who are receiving this email, know that we started a business a little over 3 years ago. It has been a crazy journey full of twists and turns, ups and downs and a lot of work. The great part is we think we have found something awesome that has the potential to be big.
In case you don't know what we have been doing for the last 3 years, here is a quick preview and then we want to share some really big news. We started Connection Publishing when we contacted our city and offered to create a magazine for them. We wanted to create more connection in our community. We partnered with the city and became their official magazine. Within the first year, several other cities had found our magazine and reached out to us asking if we could create something similar for them. Today we publish 5 city magazines and have more in the works. We have seen tremendous growth and are so excited for the future.
Our first city was North Ogden and we added Pleasant View. We then started working with Syracuse City after about a year and a half. We also realized that in a modern world, we needed to publish the magazines not only in print that is mailed to everyone's homes, but also publish digitally on a custom city website and social media pages for everyone in those cities to be be able to consume our content in any way that they would like. Roy City contacted us later that year and so we started that magazine in January of 2019.
Some cool things started happening along the way, we run some annual community contests that our readers love. One is our annual art contest and the other is an annual photo contest. We get hundreds of entries in these contests every six months and have thousands of community members vote on their favorites and we then feature the winners in the magazines, it is a ton of fun.
The Big News
Most recently we signed an agreement with Ogden City to be their official city magazine starting this November. Ogden is our biggest city so far with over 32,000 homes. We are so excited to team up with Ogden. Ogden is the largest city in Weber County where we live. It is a vibrant city with a focus on the arts, music and winter recreation. This magazine will be awesome.
We send the magazine to everyone and it is sponsored by local business advertisers who like what we do and love being part of a community publication. The cities love it too because it is such a great way to communicate their work and all that is happening within the city. We add to the city news with stories on local history, students of the month, business spotlights, recipes and restaurant reviews. People love these magazines.
The Big Big News
Ok, so Ogden is pretty big news, but we also have some big, big news. Along with growing by more than 65% each year (including what we are on track for in 2019), we will be competing for Americans top new entrepreneur on a National TV show called America's Real Deal season one is launching soon. As part of this program we will be taking investments in our company. This is where you come in. If you like what we are doing and want to be part of our future, we have filed all the necessary documents with the SEC and are now able to sell stock in our company to willing investors.
Starting a business is pretty tough and we have worked hard and sacrificed much to be able to create this company. We have never wanted to ask our friends and family to borrow money. It just didn't feel like the right thing to do. When we found out about America's Real Deal and the Independent Stock Market, we knew it was the answer. It allows investors to purchase stock in our company and to become owners just like us. This helps us raise the capital we need and gives our family the chance to invest before we appear on the show, next year. As part of the show, we will be offering stock to investors and viewers. Think Shark Tank but where the audience gets to invest in the company instead of just the sharks. It also will allow investors to sell their stock at a future date and if we grow like we want to grow, at a higher price point.
How does it work? We are glad you asked.
If you like what we are doing or just want to learn more about our upcoming TV appearance, you can visit this link here.
That link is the portal that will take you to our pre-season spotlight video and where you can view all of the documentation we had to provide to be part of the show. We had to go through an SEC approval process, have our company evaluated by professional valuation experts, and have our books certified by an independent CPA firm. Those results can be found on that site.
You can also invest in our company if you would like, from as little as $100 up to $2500 on the MrCrowd.com site. If you are interested in buying more than 2500 shares, please contact us directly and we can arrange a purchase through the Independent Stock Market. If you have any questions, you can call us directly and chat.
As part of this, we will be doing a weekly vlog on our youtube channel and publishing it on our website. This will include news and information about our company and how our growth plans are going. We want to keep our investors informed as we continue to grow so they know how their investment is being utilized. We will send out each episode to this email list. If you don't want to follow us on this journey, it is easy to unsubscribe at the link below. We did this on Mailchimp so that you don't have to tell us you don't want to be on here, you can just unsubscribe. We won't be offended, we promise.
We hope you will join us on this incredible journey. We have built a great team and are proud of the product we put in our readers mailboxes every month.
Ryan and Melissa Spelts
If you would like to see the magazines, you can click on any of the covers above and it will take you to that cities website. The digital copy of the magazine is available to view as you will see in the right column. You can also visit our company's main website at www.connectionpub.com.