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BluCollr

Employment Social Network

Regulation Crowdfunding
Hicksville, NY
Professional Services
US Investors Only

Changing the way working people find work 

Invest in BluCollr

BluCollr is a specialized employment social network created by and for people who earn a living in the manual trades and seasonal employment industries.


From carpenters to wait staff, auto mechanics to farmhands, BluCollr aims to match skilled and unskilled workers with employers in industries where studies consistently show there will be more jobs than people to fill them in the coming years.

Using our proprietary social networking and virtual portfolio platform*, BluCollr seeks to revolutionize the skilled, unskilled and seasonal labor markets by enabling working professionals and employers to connect in a unique, digital environment developed to meet the specific human resources needs of these industries.

BluCollr will also seamlessly integrate into the growing “gig economy” by enabling employers to quickly and efficiently fill temporary skilled and unskilled labor gigs.


BluCollr offers a long-overdue and much-needed improvement to the current way in which men and women in the working trades and seasonal labor industries find employment, and seeks to reestablish pride and interest in the skilled and unskilled trades as we help to open up these jobs to a wider cross-section of the population.


By investing in BluCollr, you will be joining us on the journey toward changing the way working people find work.


Chris Lawrence and Chris Carsten

Founders, BluCollr, LLC.

*Our platform is currently in the design phase, and we require the infusion of additional capital to complete the development, testing and launch of the platform with our development team. With your investment, you'll be enabling the full development and soft launch of the BluCollr platform.


The Offering

Investment
$100/Membership Unit│When you invest you are betting the company’s future value will exceed $2.2M.


Perks (Bonus Shares as Percentage of Investment)

$1,000 — If you invest $1,000 - $4,999, you will receive a 10% bonus.

$5,000 — If you invest $5,000 - $9,999, you will receive a 15% bonus.

$10,000 — If you invest $10,000 - $29,999, you will receive a 20% bonus.

$30,000 — If you invest $30,000 or more, you will receive a 25% bonus.


*All perks occur after the offering is completed.

10% Bonus Shares


If you invest $1,000 - $4,999, you will receive a 10% bonus.

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15% Bonus Shares


If you invest $5,000 - $9,999, you will receive a 15% bonus.

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20% Bonus Shares


If you invest $10,000 - $29,999, you will receive a 20% bonus.

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25% Bonus Shares


If you invest $30,000 or more, you will receive a 25% bonus.

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*Maximum subject to adjustment for bonus shares. See 10% Bonus below.


We seek to be the premier employment social network for the skilled, unskilled and seasonal labor markets.

Our Vision

BluCollr started with a simple question: why isn’t there an employment social network designed to meet the specific human resources needs of the manual trades and seasonal labor industries?

To answer this question, let’s take a step back and think about how employers in these industries hire workers, what matters to them from a knowledge, skills and abilities standpoint, and how this differs from the white collar professional world.


Together, our founders have decades’ worth of cumulative experience working (and looking for work) in industries ranging from general construction to trucking and food service. Throughout the course of their careers, they found employment opportunities the old-fashioned way – through classified ads, walk-ins and word-of-mouth.


This is because employers in our target industries often rely on passive rather than proactive means of finding new employees, such as posting a job ad and waiting for applicants to respond. This is particularly troubling when one considers that these types of industries tend to be dominated by small businesses, which often lack the human resources capabilities of their white collar counterparts. (Sources: Fast Workforce, TLNT, US Small Business Administration, Paychex

For anyone who hasn’t worked in the trades, this probably sounds incredibly inefficient and strangely antiquated in the internet age – why not just use [insert preferred employment social networking platform] to find potential employees? The answer is fairly simple: because many of the most popular employment social networking platforms are overwhelmingly used by white collar professionals rather than tradespeople (Source: Business Insider). 


To understand this phenomenon, let's consider the core design of one of the largest and most popular employment social networking platforms. User profiles on this platform are essentially digital versions of the traditional résumé or CV, designed to showcase work history and education. Employers and recruiters can proactively search these digital résumés to find potential candidates who meet the professional and educational requirements for their job openings. (Sources: Lifewire, Business Insider)

However, in the manual trades, your résumé is far less important than your ability to perform your trade competently and professionally. In addition, workers in many of our target industries are hired on a temporary basis or for specific projects; this leads to a high turnover rate making their work histories far too varied for the traditional résumé format (Sources: The Balance Careers, Creative Business Resources). 


Consequently, tradespeople often market themselves through visual portfolios of their work, detailed descriptions of their specific skillsets and referrals from industry peers. Unsurprisingly, many of our target industries were among the least represented in a 2016 study of users by industry on the same employment social networking site mentioned above. (Sources: The Balance Careers, Bizfluent, Monster, LinkedIn Pulse)


From the employer perspective, skilled and unskilled labor jobs are becoming increasingly difficult to fill. As a result, many employers in our target industries are struggling to attract interest in their fields and market themselves to prospective employees. (Source: CNBC, Associated General Contractors of America, Horton, Associated General Contractors of America)

But what if we could change all that? Through the BluCollr platform, users will be able to create virtual portfolios that showcase their work, detail their specific skillsets and highlight referrals from peers. Conversely, businesses will be able to create company profiles to showcase flagship projects, highlight training/apprenticeship opportunities and describe their company culture. 


Employers will now be able to proactively find the right workers for specific roles or projects based on virtual portfolio searches, while prospective employees will be able to research potential employers, job openings and careers in the trades through employer portfolio searches.


Essentially, we believe BluCollr will be a game-changer for the skilled, unskilled and seasonal labor markets by revolutionizing the way employers and tradespeople connect and communicate online.

Our Platform

The graphic above is a wireframe; product still currently under development; final product may vary


What makes BluCollr different from other employment social networks is our focus on our users' skills, portfolio and reputation rather than professional or educational history. Specifically, our platform will enable users to create virtual portfolios of their work, which can be shared directly with potential employers, clients, peers, etc., as well as detail key skills and certifications. Users will also be able to provide/receive referrals from peers and former employers, which will be accessible through their portfolios. 


Because BluCollr will serve as a repository for our users' portfolios and industry connections, the platform will be of immediate value to men and women in the working trades. In other words, our target users will have a vested interest in creating BluCollr portfolios to store and showcase their work and connect with industry peers even if they're not actively looking for work. 


The graphic above is a wireframe; product still currently under development; final product may vary


Conversely, employers will not only be able to post jobs, but proactively search for workers based on their skillsets and view examples of their work in real-time. This will enable employers to proactively find workers for both long-term employment opportunities and short-term gigs, including immediate fill positions (e.g. a subcontractor cancelling at the last minute). 


BluCollr will also allow employers to market themselves to prospective employees by creating company profiles, which can be used to describe their corporate culture or work environment, provide examples of key projects and receive endorsements from former employees. This will not only enable employers to differentiate themselves from competitors, but will also allow prospective employees to research potential employers before taking a job.  


Our platform is currently in the design phase, and we require the infusion of additional capital to complete the development, testing and launch of the platform with our development team (please see the "Our Development Team" section below).  With your investment, you'll be enabling the full development and soft launch of the BluCollr platform, which we anticipate in early to mid 2019.  


What Makes Our Platform Unique

  • BluCollr seeks to be the premier employment social network for the skilled, unskilled and seasonal labor markets, and designed to cater specifically to the human resources needs of these industries 
  • BluCollr will be marketed exclusively to employers and employees in the manual and seasonal trades
  • BluCollr was created by working people for working people - our founders understand the needs of both workers and employers in our target industries  
  • Blucollr's focus on portfolio, skills and reputation differentiates us from employment social networks that focus on education and employment history 
  • BluCollr will be of immediate value to users as a virtual portfolio and networking tool that can be leveraged in a variety of ways beyond the job-seeking process  
  • BluCollr will allow employers in our target industries to proactively find workers with the rights skills for the right job rather than relying on passive means of recruitment  

Essentially, we believe BluCollr will become the industry standard for employment social networking in the skilled, unskilled and seasonal labor markets, revolutionizing the way working people find work. 

Our Market

Studies and labor statistics consistently show observed and expected growth in our target industries, indicating the need for a more efficient means of hiring workers to meet current and anticipated labor demands. This is particularly true for small businesses, which tend to dominate these sectors, and often struggle with their human resources needs. (Sources: Forbes/Sageworks, US Small Business Administration, Paychex)


To put this into perspective, seven of the top 10 industries with the highest sales growth rates in 2016 were related to construction. Construction-related industries with the fastest sales growth in 2016 included building finishing contractors, residential and nonresidential builders, contractors that work on foundations and building exteriors, and contractors that install or service mechanical systems such as electricity, water, elevators and heating and cooling. Each of these industries experienced sales growth in 2016 of at least 13 percent. (Source: Forbes/Sageworks)

In terms of expected growth, employment of construction and extraction occupations alone is projected to grow by 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, resulting in a gain of nearly 750,000 new jobs. In addition, several of the fastest growing occupations in the US are skilled trades, to include renewable energy installers and technicians. Overall growth in the economy and population will also increase the demand for new buildings, roads, and other structures, which will result in the creation of new jobs to meet these demands. (Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Pew)


According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are now more job openings than there are workers, making it harder for employers to find qualified candidates to fill open positions. Truck driving, construction, carpentry and electrical work are some of the industries being hit hardest by this labor gap. To put this into perspective, 80 percent of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce. (Sources: CNBC, Associated General Contractors of America)  

According to the 2018 Small Business Profile published by the US Small Business Administration, most of our target industries were dominated by small businesses from an employment share perspective. Several maintained an employment share of well over 50 percent including Construction (82 percent), Accommodation and Food Services (61 percent) and Agriculture (85 percent). (Source: US Small Business Administration)


Since December 2016, the Small Business Optimism Index has averaged an unprecedented 105.4, well above the 45-year average of 98 and rivaling the all-time high of 108.0 in July 1983; small business owners continue to report astounding optimism as they celebrate strong sales, the creation of jobs and more profits. (Source: National Federation of Independent Businesses)

(Source: National Federation of Independent Businesses)

However, the improving economy makes it harder to find qualified workers and raises pressure to increase compensation. The shortage of qualified workers has reached record highs, and the number of small business owners who plan to raise compensation is at one of the highest levels in history. This challenge is likely to be exacerbated by the fact that many small businesses struggle to meet their human resources needs; a 2017 survey of small business owners revealed that nearly 40 percent reported a lack of confidence in their ability to onboard new hires. (Source: Associated General Contractors of America, National Federation of Independent Businesses, Paychex)


So what does this all mean? That there will almost certainly be more jobs and better paying jobs for skilled, unskilled and seasonal workers being created over the next decade. We seek to capitalize on this growth and provide a valuable service to working people and employers through a dedicated platform designed to meet their unique human resources needs.

Our Business Model 

(Source: Business Insider)

Monetization of BluCollr will be achieved primarily through social advertising revenue* by leveraging the marketing data generated by our users.


Social ad revenue in the U.S. is expected to surpass $30 billion by 2021, according to estimates by BI Intelligence. This figure is up from an estimated $15.5 billion in social ad revenue in 2016 and represents a five-year compound annual growth rate of 15 percent. We aim to capitalize on this growth by providing a vehicle for our advertisers to reach the unique demographics represented by our users. (Source: Business Insider)


The beauty of the BluCollr model is that our users (both employers and employees) will, by necessity, self-identify valuable marketing data (location, industry, etc.) upon registration. This data will allow us to offer our advertisers non-invasive, targeted marketing opportunities aimed at their core consumers.


*Social advertising is advertising that relies on social information or networks in generating, targeting and delivering marketing communications.

For example, let’s take a hypothetical user who is a general contractor living in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. Based on this information alone (the bare minimum this individual would need to provide to use the BluCollr platform), we already know of a host of brands, products and services that are almost certainly of interest to this user – building material suppliers, tool manufacturers, work apparel manufacturers, hardware stores, construction machinery manufacturers, etc. – as well as the user’s home market.  


We can also extrapolate additional brands, products and services that are likely of interest to this user based on marketing data related to the user’s demographic (large retail brands, automotive brands, food/drink brands, entertainment, retail appeal brands, etc.). Now if we expand this concept to a larger number of users fitting the same profile (i.e. every user who is a general contractor in the Cincinnati, Ohio area) we have a perfect target demographic for several of the aforementioned brands, products and services.

To put this into perspective, consider the case of one of the largest building supply retailers in the US. According to Adweek, professional contractors make up just 3 percent of its customers, but generate 40 percent of its revenue. The same building supply retailer spent nearly $790 million on marketing in 2016 alone, more than 50 percent of which was spent on digital marketing. (Sources: Adweek, eMarketer)


BluCollr will create an opportunity for this retailer to directly reach its key demographic – professional contractors – with a high degree of certainty through a single platform without the invasive data harvesting or probabilistic algorithms required by most social networking platforms. In essence, we will be able to offer our advertisers an ironclad guarantee that their ads are being viewed by their target audience – potential customers who will be professionally interested in not only viewing their ads, but in buying their products.

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An Untapped Market 

Based on our research, both employers and workers in the trades and seasonal labor industries are using antiquated means of networking, finding jobs and hiring workers because existing employment social networks and websites do not meet their specific human resources needs. Studies and labor statistics consistently show observed and expected growth in these industries, indicating the need for a more efficient means of connecting employers and employees in the skilled, unskilled and seasonal labor markets. 

A Unique Solution

We believe BluCollr will provide a unique and innovative solution to the human resources needs of the skilled, unskilled and seasonal labor markets. BluCollr's virtual portfolio system will allow tradespeople to store and showcase their work, and connect with industry peers and employers. BluCollr will also enable employers in these industries to proactively find workers with the right skills to meet their employment needs. We believe BluCollr will become the industry standard for employment social networking in these industries, revolutionizing the way working people find work. 


A Solid Business Model

BluCollr will generate revenue through social advertising – an established business model for social networking websites and applications – that will capitalize on the marketing data generated by our users. This data will allow us to offer our advertisers non-invasive, targeted marketing opportunities aimed at their core consumers. 

Significant Financial Opportunities

Social ad revenue in the U.S. is expected to surpass $30 billion by 2021, and market data indicates that our target advertisers -  building material suppliers, tool manufacturers, work apparel manufacturers, hardware stores, construction machinery manufacturers, etc. - are spending billions every year on digital advertising. BluCollr will create an opportunity for these businesses to directly reach their target demographics with a high degree of certainty through a single platform.


Join us, and change the way working people find work!

At BluCollr, we believe that there is incredible demand in the skilled, unskilled and seasonal labor markets for a more modern approach to employment networking and hiring that will only increase as these industries continue to grow in the coming years. 


We also believe that there are significant financial opportunities in the development of a platform that can directly reach workers and employers in the trades and seasonal labor industries with social advertising and marketing campaigns. 

 

With your investment, you'll be enabling the development and soft launch of the BluCollr platform.  Join us, and change the way working people find work!


Chris Lawrence and Chris Carsten

Founders, BluCollr, LLC.

The graphic above is a wireframe; final product may vary.

Offering Summary

Maximum 1,070 Shares of Membership Units ($107,000)

*Maximum subject to adjustment for bonus shares. See 10% Bonus below

Minimum 100 Shares of Membership Units ($10,000)


Company
BluCollr, LLC
 

Corporate Address
29 Harkin Lane, Hicksville, New York 11801
 

Description of Business
BluCollr is an employment social network and virtual portfolio website that provides non-downloadable software to users.
 

Type of Security Offered
Membership Units
 
Purchase Price of Security Offered
$100/Membership Unit
 

Minimum Investment Amount (per investor) 
$100











Investment Bonus (Bonus Shares as Percentage of Investment)

$1,000 - $4,999: 10% bonus

$5,000 - $9,999: 15% bonus

$10,000 - $29,999: 20% bonus

$30,000 or more: 25% bonus

If you invest $1,000 or more, you will receive bonus shares as a percentage of your investment based on the schedule above.  

For example, if you buy 10 membership units at $100 / share ($1,000 investment), you will receive 1 membership bonus unit (10%), meaning you'll own 11 units for $1,000; 

if you buy 300 membership units at $100 / share ($30,000 investment), you will receive 75 membership bonus units, meaning you'll own 375 units for $30,000. 

Fractional units will not be distributed and share bonuses will be determined by rounding down to the nearest whole share.


The 10% Bonus for StartEngine Shareholders

BluCollr, LLC will offer 10% additional bonus shares for all investments that are committed, within 24 hours of this offering going live, by StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. shareholders who invested over  $1,000 in the StartEngine Reg A offering which closed earlier this year.

StartEngine shareholders who invested $1,000 or more in that StartEngine Reg A offering will receive a 10% bonus on this offering within a 24-hour window of this offering’s launch date.  This means you will receive a bonus for any shares you purchase.  For example, if you buy 10 Membership Units at $100 / share, you will receive 11 Membership Units, meaning you'll own 11 shares for $1,000.   Fractional shares will not be distributed and share bonuses will be determined by rounding down to the nearest whole share.

This 10% bonus is only valid for one year from the time StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. investors received their countersigned StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. subscription agreement.

Irregular Use of Proceeds

The Company will not incur any irregular use of proceeds.

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Total Assets
$189.00 USD
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Cash And Cash Equivalents
$189.00 USD
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Accounts Receivable
$0.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Short Term Debt
$0.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Long Term Debt
$0.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Revenues And Sales
$0.00 USD
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Costs Of Goods Sold
$0.00 USD
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Taxes Paid
$0.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Net Income
-$5,282.00 USD
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Risks

A crowdfunding investment involves risk. You should not invest any funds in this offering unless you can afford to lose your entire investment. In making an investment decision, investors must rely on their own examination of the issuer and the terms of the offering, including the merits and risks involved. These securities have not been recommended or approved by any federal or state securities commission or regulatory authority. Furthermore, these authorities have not passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of this document. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission does not pass upon the merits of any securities offered or the terms of the offering, nor does it pass upon the accuracy or completeness of any offering document or literature. These securities are offered under an exemption from registration; however, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has not made an independent determination that these securities are exempt from registration.


Updates

Last Day To Invest In BluCollr!

about 2 months ago

Valued Investors,

As the final leg of our Title III Regulation Crowdfunding campaign closes today, we would like to remind you that we will not be extending our campaign and that this will be your last opportunity to invest in BluCollr at the current terms of $100.00 per Membership Unit. Given our current position, we have concluded that extending the campaign again would not be in the best interests of the company. As of now, we have been able to raise enough capital to build the platform, ensure operation of the platform for at least a year, and grow our user-base over the coming weeks and months through a variety of marketing approaches. While we cannot discuss any future capital raising plans, we can say that we do not anticipate engaging in another crowdfunding round in the immediate future. If you’ve been planning on investing but haven’t yet done so, now is the time!

During the last several weeks we've been previewing the platform for key employers and professional organizations that represent a cross-section of the industries on BluCollr, and their response to the platform has been overwhelmingly positive. As a result of these interactions, the platform will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Facilities Engineering Journal, a trade publication produced by the Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) that will reach thousands of businesses in our core demographic. 

Please bear in mind that given the close proximity of our launch date to the closing of our campaign you are not likely to have seen much in the way of user activity on the platform since our launch last week, as we have only begun marketing BluCollr to a select handful of larger employers and professional organizations in our local test market. That said, we are looking forward to introducing BluCollr to the working men and women of America in the coming weeks! 

Thank you once again for your continued support!


Kind regards,


Chris Lawrence & Chris Carsten

Co-Founders, BluCollr

Re: Last Days To Invest In BluCollr!

about 2 months ago

Valued Investors,

As the final leg of our Title III Regulation Crowdfunding campaign closes this week, we would like to remind you that we will not be extending our campaign and that this will be your last opportunity to invest in BluCollr at the current terms of $100.00 per Membership Unit. Given our current position, we have concluded that extending the campaign again would not be in the best interests of the company. As of now, we have been able to raise enough capital to build the platform, ensure operation of the platform for at least a year, and grow our user-base over the coming weeks and months through a variety of marketing approaches. While we cannot discuss any future capital raising plans, we can say that we do not anticipate engaging in another crowdfunding round in the immediate future. If you’ve been planning on investing but haven’t yet done so, now is the time!

We are excited to announce that our marketing blitz will be kicking off this week, and will increase in scope and reach in the coming weeks and months. Please bear in mind that given the close proximity of our launch date to the closing of our campaign you are not likely to see much in the way of user activity on the platform in the next few days, as we have only begun marketing BluCollr to a select handful of larger employers and professional organizations in our local test market. That said, we are looking forward to introducing BluCollr to the working men and women of America in the coming weeks! 

Thank you once again for your continued support!


Kind regards,

 

Chris Lawrence & Chris Carsten

Co-Founders, BluCollr

Last Days to Invest in BluCollr!

about 2 months ago

Valued Investors,

As the final leg of our Title III Regulation Crowdfunding campaign closes this week, we would like to remind you that we will not be extending our campaign and that this will be your last opportunity to invest in BluCollr at the current terms of $100.00 per Membership Unit. We appreciate your continued support!

 

Kind regards,

 

Chris Lawrence & Chris Carsten

Co-Founders, BluCollr 

BluCollr Is Live!

2 months ago

Valued Investors, 

 

We are pleased to announce that after over a year and a half of development, and thanks in large part to your backing, the BluCollr web-based platform is now live and taking on a limited number of users in our test market.  

We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for your continued support. Your investments have helped us turn BluCollr from a concept into a sleek and user-friendly platform that we believe will revolutionize the way businesses and individuals in manual labor industries communicate, connect, and find work online. Over the past two weeks we have begun meeting with local employers and professional organizations that represent a cross-section of the industries represented on BluCollr, and their response to the platform has been overwhelmingly positive. 

We look forward to jumping into our launch phase with such an eagerly anticipated, well-built platform, and as always we will keep you apprised of any and all progress, success stories, etc. Just as a reminder, with only 10 days remaining in our StartEngine campaign, this may be your last opportunity to invest per the terms of our current offering!

 

Kind regards, 

 

Chris Lawrence and Chris Carsten

Co-Founders, BluCollr

Notice of Funds Disbursement

2 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, BluCollr has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in BluCollr be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

Regarding Our Campaign Extension

3 months ago

Valued Investors,


Earlier today we announced the release of the beta version of the BluCollr web-based platform, which we opted to share with the StartEngine community to allow you, our investors and followers, to gain a clearer understanding of the look and feel of the site. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to explore the site and, if you wish, provide feedback on the platform during this critical stage of the development process. In only a few short weeks, we will be launching BluCollr in our test market, and we can’t thank you enough for making this possible!

 

In light of the holiday next week, we have opted to extend our campaign for 30 days to ensure that you have ample time to explore the BluCollr beta version before our campaign closes. On a related note, if you have been following our campaign on StartEngine but not yet invested in BluCollr, now is the time! With only a few weeks left in our campaign, this may be your last opportunity to take advantage of our current offering.

 

As always, we appreciate your continued support and look forward to sharing additional updates on our progress in due course.

 

Kind regards, 

 

Chris Lawrence and Chris Carsten 

Co-Founders, BluCollr, LLC

Notice of Material Change in Offering

3 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello! Recently, a change was made to the BluCollr offering. Here's an excerpt describing the specifics of the change:


Extended length of campaign.


When live offerings undergo changes like these on StartEngine, the SEC requires that certain investments be reconfirmed. If your investment requires reconfirmation, you will be contacted by StartEngine via email with further instructions.

The BluCollr Beta Version Is Up and Running!

3 months ago

Valued Investors, 

 

We recently announced that the development of the BluCollr platform was nearing completion and that we expect to launch the site in the coming weeks. Today, we are pleased to share with you the beta version of the BluCollr web-based platform! To provide some context, a beta version is an early version of a program or application that contains most of the major features, but is not a fully finished product intended for release to the general public. Beta versions are often released to a select group of users for testing, evaluation and feedback. In this case, we will be releasing this version to both our beta testers (a group of likely users and tech advisors outside the company) as well as our investors and followers on StartEngine.

 

We opted to release the beta version to the StartEngine community to allow you, our investors and followers, to gain a clearer understanding of the look and feel of the site as well as provide feedback on the platform during this critical stage of the development process. Ultimately, the development of the BluCollr platform would not have been possible without your investment and continued support; you built this with us, and we want you to be part of the process!

 

Without further ado, you can access the beta version of BluCollr by navigating to our website (https://blucollr.com) and then clicking on the “BluCollr Beta” tab in the menu bar at the top of the homepage. The “BluCollr Beta” page includes a link to the beta version as well as instructions on how to create a test account. The page also includes a brief survey to allow you to provide feedback about your experience, if you wish to do so. While we greatly value your feedback, we would kindly ask that you do not post any feedback on the beta version directly to our StartEngine campaign page or on our website.

 

With the generous support of you, our investors, BluCollr is now a reality! In only a few short weeks, we will be launching BluCollr in our test market, and we can’t thank you enough for making this possible. We greatly appreciate your continued support and look forward to sharing additional updates on the final stages of the development process and our plans for launch in due course.

 

Kind regards, 

 

Chris Lawrence and Chris Carsten 

Co-Founders, BluCollr, LLC

Notice of Funds Disbursement

3 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, BluCollr has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in BluCollr be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

Re: BluCollr Beta Version

3 months ago

Valued Investors,

We recently announced that development of the BluCollr web-based platform was nearing completion and that we plan to share the beta version of the platform with the StartEngine community in order to provide you, our investors and followers, with a clearer understanding of the look and feel of the site. As alluded to in our early May update, we have been alpha testing the platform over the last several weeks with our development team to evaluate and refine the platform’s design, functionality, and performance. During the course of this internal testing cycle, we ultimately decided to add a number of additional features to improve user interface (UI) and user experience (UX), as well as expand the social media capabilities of the platform. For example, we have integrated a full user-to-user messaging system, added video-sharing capabilities, expanded our newsfeed/dashboard functions to increase user connectivity, expanded our registration options to include Facebook and Google reciprocity, and added an optional rating system to enhance our user referral tools.

That being said, we want to ensure that you are able to experience the BluCollr platform for the first time with all of these additional features and functions, so we will be temporarily delaying the release of the beta version while our development team works to fully integrate and test these features. We expect to be able to release the beta version to you and our beta testers (a group of likely users and tech advisors outside of the company) within the next few weeks. To be clear, the beta version will be released prior to the close of our campaign to ensure that you have ample opportunity to explore the platform beforehand. We apologize for the delay, but we think it will be worth the wait. The beta version of the BluCollr platform will now be sleeker, more powerful, and enable greater connectivity between users.  

Thank you for your continued interest and support. We appreciate your patience and look forward to sharing the beta version of the BluCollr web-based platform with you in the coming weeks.


Kind regards, 


Chris Lawrence & Chris Carsten

Co-Founders



Notice of Funds Disbursement

4 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, BluCollr has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in BluCollr be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

Happy Memorial Day!

4 months ago

Valued Investors,

We hope you had a restful and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend! Between the barbeques and trips to the beach, it can be easy to forget the significance of Memorial Day and why we take this time to pause and reflect each May. With this in mind, we would like to take a moment to honor and offer our sincerest gratitude to all who have given their lives in the service of our country, as well as to those who have lost loved ones in the line of duty. As President Harry Truman once said, “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”

We recently announced that development of the BluCollr platform was well underway and that we expect to launch BluCollr in the early summer of 2019. Today we are pleased to report that  in the next week or two  we will able to share with you the beta version of the BluCollr web-based platform. This beta version will allow you to navigate your way through the entire platform and gain a clearer idea of how our user base will experience the site when we launch in the coming weeks. We will be sharing a link with you as soon as it is uploaded to our test servers, so be sure to keep an eye out for our next update!

On a related note, we have already begun joining forces with several target brands via affiliate advertising programs. This is especially exciting news, as it means that we will have the capability to begin monetizing the BluCollr platform immediately upon launch. As we move closer to launch day and beyond, we will continue to expand our affiliate advertising network to include additional brands that sell the goods and services that the hard-working men and women in our user base will be likely to use in their daily work, leisure, and family lives. 

As we have made our way through the development process we have been consistently reminded of the timeliness of—and incredible need for—the BluCollr platform. There are currently more jobs in our target industries than there are people to fill them and, as a result, wages in these fields are rising to meet demand. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most of our target occupations are projected to grow significantly in the coming years. In addition, several of these occupations are among the fastest growing occupations in the US, based on BLS projections through 2026. And young people, rightfully wary of taking on student debt to earn a degree that might not yield the returns it once did, are beginning to show more interest in careers in the trades and other blue collar industries due to the plentiful and increasingly lucrative jobs in these industries.

We believe BluCollr will be a game-changer for the skilled, unskilled and seasonal labor markets by revolutionizing the way employers and tradespeople connect and communicate online, and we’ll be launching just in time to help meet our country’s growing labor demands. As always, we thank you for your continued support and look forward to introducing you to the BluCollr platform in weeks to come.


Kind regards,


Chris Lawrence and Chris Carsten

Co-Founders, BluCollr, LLC

We're Building!

4 months ago

Valued Investors, 

 

As you have likely noticed, in the preceding two months you have received a handful of SEC-mandated updates from our campaign; some alerting you to our fund disbursements and others alerting you to our campaign extensions. Today we are pleased to provide you with a different kind of update: behind the scenes, we have been working tirelessly with our development and design team to build the BluCollr platform, and we now expect to soft launch BluCollr in the early summer of 2019!

For those of you who are interested in the development process, we have already completed the first sprint of the project, during which we focused on user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) design. We are now in the second sprint of the project and working on front and back-end coding to create a fully functioning prototype of the platform. Once our initial round of coding is completed, we will begin alpha testing the platform internally with our development team to assess UI/UX and debug. From there, we’ll enter the third sprint of the project during which we’ll beta test the site with a group of likely users and tech advisors to receive feedback on the platform and make any necessary additional adjustments prior to launch.

The platform will be soft launched in the suburban New York City counties of Nassau and Suffolk, which have combined populations of approximately 240,000 blue collar workers and approximately 44,000 blue collar businesses. This test market will provide us with an ample yet manageable sample size of initial users to allow us to evaluate user experience, refine our marketing and operations strategies, and test our revenue models prior to the full launch of the platform later this year. In preparation for the soft launch, we have prepared a marketing strategy tailored to likely users in this region, and are working to partner with local advertisers to enable revenue generation upon launch.  

With the generous support of you, our investors, we’re making BluCollr a reality! In only a few short weeks, BluCollr will be up and running, and we can’t thank you enough for joining us on this journey. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to sharing additional updates on our progress in due course.

 

Kind regards, 

 

Chris Lawrence and Chris Carsten 

Co-Founders, BluCollr, LLC 

Notice of Material Change in Offering

5 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello! Recently, a change was made to the BluCollr offering. Here's an excerpt describing the specifics of the change:


BluCollr, LLC. has extended its campaign and added its 2018 financials.


When live offerings undergo changes like these on StartEngine, the SEC requires that certain investments be reconfirmed. If your investment requires reconfirmation, you will be contacted by StartEngine via email with further instructions.

Notice of Funds Disbursement

5 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, BluCollr has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in BluCollr be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

Notice of Funds Disbursement

6 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, BluCollr has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in BluCollr be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

Development of the BluCollr Web-Based Platform

6 months ago

Valued Investors, 

We’re pleased to report that with the capital we have already raised, we anticipate completing the development and launch of the web-based version of the BluCollr application (app) later this year. The web-based app will be hosted on blucollr.com, and will provide users with the ability to access the application through any device with a web browser (desktops, laptops, mobile devices, tablets, etc.). The benefit to starting with a web-based application is that it will be accessible to the broadest range of potential users and reduce our initial development, deployment, and maintenance costs. That said, we wanted to take a moment to thank you, our investors, for making this possible. Through your investment and continued support, you’re making BluCollr a reality. We’ll continue to provide updates on our progress and specific plans for launch in due course. 

We plan to eventually develop native apps for Android and iOS to allow for greater speed and functionality for our mobile and tablet users. Native apps tend to be faster and more responsive because the code that runs the app is stored locally on the users’ device. Native app versions will also allow users to leverage available hardware features on their devices (e.g. camera, GPS, etc.) to streamline the portfolio development and job/employer search functions of the BluCollr platform. However, these versions will only be accessible to users with compatible devices (e.g. iPhone, Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy Tab, etc.) and will require additional capital for development, deployment, and maintenance. With this in mind, we have opted to extend our campaign to allow us to continue raising capital as we work on the development and deployment of the web-based app. Thank you again for your continued support. We look forward to sharing updates on the progress and launch of the web-based app in the coming weeks. 

Kind regards, 


Chris Lawrence and Chris Carsten 

Co-Founders, BluCollr, LLC

Notice of Material Change in Offering

7 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello! Recently, a change was made to the BluCollr offering. Here's an excerpt describing the specifics of the change:


Extended length of campaign.


When live offerings undergo changes like these on StartEngine, the SEC requires that certain investments be reconfirmed. If your investment requires reconfirmation, you will be contacted by StartEngine via email with further instructions.

Our New Website Designs Are In!

7 months ago

Valued Investors, 

We are excited to announce that we have made significant progress in the development of the BluCollr platform. As a result, we have updated our offering page with high-resolution mockups of the BluCollr web-based platform to provide you with a clearer picture of its look, feel, and functionality as we continue to work on its development.

The new mockups - which can be found in the “Our Platform” section above - were designed in collaboration with our development team at Blue Label Labs to illustrate both the aesthetics and functionality of the BluCollr employment social network. We believe they highlight  the versatility of our platform as a place where our users can connect, find jobs, hire workers, trade ideas and share their work and professional experiences in a unique, digital environment created by and for working people. 

With the continued support of investors like you, we believe we will be able to reach our collective goal of completing the build and launch of the BluCollr platform this year. Our vision is simple: to create a user-friendly, dedicated employment and professional networking platform specially designed for the working men and women of America. We’re a social network with a purpose, and we believe that BluCollr will help millions of people across the country either begin or advance their careers in a variety of industries that promise good pay, job satisfaction, and projected growth.

That said, we wanted to take a moment to thank you, our investors, for making our progress possible. Together there is no doubt in our minds that we will be able to change the way working people find work!


Kind regards, 


Chris Lawrence and Chris Carsten

Co-Founders, BluCollr, LLC

Notice of Funds Disbursement

8 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, BluCollr has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in BluCollr be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

We've Reached Another Milestone!

8 months ago

Valued Investors,


First, we’d like to take a moment to thank you for your continued support and interest in BluCollr. Earlier this week, we hit another milestone in our campaign, surpassing the $20K mark. We have been able to accomplish this through the support of investors across the country who share our vision for revolutionizing the skilled, unskilled and seasonal labor markets.

Because of your support, we are already making progress with our development team on the design of BluCollr. We expect to have updated wireframes - which will provide a much better idea of the ultimate look and feel of the platform - in the coming weeks.

For our newer investors and followers: Did you miss our presentation at StartEngine’s January Demo Day? Not to worry! You can check it out on YouTube by clicking here

Thank you again for your continued support. We look forward to bringing you more exciting updates in the coming weeks! 


Kind regards, 

Chris Lawrence and Chris Carsten

Co-Founders, BluCollr, LLC

Join Co-Founder Chris Lawrence Tomorrow Morning for StartEngine's Demo Day Teleconference

8 months ago

Valued Investors,

 We are excited to announce that BluCollr will be participating in StartEngine’s Demo Day teleconference tomorrow, January 25, at approximately 8:24 am PST (11:24 am EST). Chris Lawrence, our Co-Founder and Head of Business Development and Marketing, will be delivering a brief presentation and fielding questions from investors. If you are interested in participating, please sign up here or follow the link on the StartEngine homepage tomorrow morning. We hope to see you there!

 Kind regards, 

 Chris Lawrence and Chris Carsten

Co-Founders, BluCollr, LLC

Thank You for A Successful First Week!

8 months ago

 Valued Investors,


Thank you for helping us make the first week of our campaign an incredible success. It is with the generous support of investors like you that we are on track to reach our funding goals and on our way to changing the way working people find work. That said, we need to maintain the momentum you helped us gain this past week, and you can help us do so by spreading the word about our campaign to friends, family, and acquaintances who might be interested in becoming a member of the BluCollr family. With your help, we believe we can meet and exceed our financial goals to complete the development of the premier employment social network for men and women who make their living in the skilled and unskilled labor industries. Thank you once again for your generous support – we’re looking forward to a successful second week!


Kind regards, 

Chris Lawrence and Chris Carsten

Co-Founders, BluCollr, LLC


We've Reached $10K!

8 months ago

We just wanted to take a moment to thank you, our early investors, for helping us reach the first major milestone of our campaign -- our minimum offering amount of $10,000.00 -- within our first 24 hours! We still have a ways to go to meet our goal of $107,000.00, but we're off to a great start. Thanks again for your support, and welcome to the BluCollr family!

Welcome to BluCollr!

8 months ago

Hello and welcome to BluCollr! We appreciate you taking the time to consider our offering. We believe that the working men and women of America deserve a dedicated employment social network that serves the unique needs of the working trades. We seek to revolutionize hiring in the skilled, unskilled and seasonal labor markets, reestablish pride and interest in the trades and serve as a catalyst for developing the next generation of skilled workers. We have decades’ worth of experience in the working trades, so we understand the unique challenges of finding good jobs and good employees in these industries. We invite you to invest today, and join us in changing the way working people find work!

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