Joseph Barisonzi | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Joseph Barisonzi

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Joseph Barisonzi is an accomplished entrepreneur and leader in the field of financial capital democratization. With a career spanning over three decades, he has been instrumental in transforming the way communities and businesses approach development and financing. As the founder and CEO of Belgata, Inc., Barisonzi has been at the forefront of empowering individuals and businesses to access financial capital. Through innovative approaches and a deep understanding of community development, he has successfully democratized investment opportunities and fostered economic growth. His expertise extends beyond his role at Belgata, Inc. He serves as a senior advisor and board member for esteemed organizations such as the Global Leaders Organization, Business Finishing School, Impact Infrastructure, LLC, SDG Systems, LLC, and Nucleii Marketing, LLC. His strategic insights and guidance have helped shape the direction of these organizations and drive positive change in their respective industries. With a strong background in community development, Barisonzi has been a trailblazer in advocating for asset-based community development (ABCD) and social entrepreneurship. His commitment to building triple-bottom-line enterprises has earned him recognition and accolades, including the prestigious grand prize Brick Award for Community Leadership. His thought leadership and industry expertise have made him a sought-after speaker and consultant. He has published widely read white papers on various topics, including community-sourced funding and crowdfunding for community banks. His eBook, "Navigating Your Portal Launch," continues to be a go-to resource in the industry. Beyond his professional achievements, Barisonzi actively volunteers his time and expertise to support environmental and community organizations. His commitment to social causes is reflected in his roles as an executive director, curator, advisor, and board member for organizations such as the Izaak Walton League of America, Friends of the Minnesota Valley and the Green Crew. Joseph Barisonzi's passion for democratizing financial capital, dedication to community development, and extensive leadership experience have solidified his reputation as an influential figure in the field. Through his work, he continues to empower individuals and businesses to achieve their financial goals and contribute to the growth and well-being of their communities.