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4 Most Common Myths Entrepreneurs Believe About Raising Capital

4 Most Common Myths Entrepreneurs Believe About Raising Capital

| April 10, 2012 | 2 Comments

I work at a technology-based business incubator, and one of my roles is to help our clients raise capital.  Whether these companies are trying to raise capital through debt or equity, the entrepreneurs tend to have some pretty interesting assumptions about the process of raising capital.  I hate to be a “dream-crusher”, but I often […]

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Alternative Funding: Introduction to The Independent Loan Professional

Alternative Funding: Introduction to The Independent Loan Professional

| March 21, 2012 | 3 Comments

Alternative funding series brought to you by: Verifico – Safely Connect With Loan Professionals that Actually Get You Funded. If there’s one thing that we can all agree upon, it’s that getting funding for your business is HARD. The funding climate has become harsher from all avenues, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re securing capital […]

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Poll: How Much Money Did You Use to Start Your Business?

Poll: How Much Money Did You Use to Start Your Business?

| February 19, 2012 | 2 Comments

The saying goes, “You need to spend money to make money”. So we want to know how much money did you spend right at the start to get your business up and running? How big was your first leap? Let us know in the poll below:

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An Insider’s Guide: Negotiating with a Business Angel Investor

An Insider’s Guide: Negotiating with a Business Angel Investor

| February 15, 2012 | 8 Comments

The Internet is saturated with articles on ‘how to pitch your idea’; ‘how to draft and implement your pitch to perfection’ ad nauseam, but there are simply not enough articles and resources out there on how a relatively inexperienced entrepreneur should deal with hard hitting investors when meeting them to raise external investment for their […]

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It’s All Your Fault! So Start Working Harder

It’s All Your Fault! So Start Working Harder

| January 30, 2012 | 1 Comment

I don’t know why so many people blame others for their failures or mishaps in their lives… Maybe it’s their ego, maybe in society failure is seen as weakness, maybe people will make fun of them…Or maybe it’s just easier to blame others for their problems? “It’s not that I’m doing anything wrong, he’s preventing […]

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Nail the Investor Pitch: Image, Presentation and Content

Nail the Investor Pitch: Image, Presentation and Content

| January 26, 2012 | 2 Comments

You have to be very clear about what type of business you are. One flaw that a lot of potential entrepreneurs display is that of lacking investor empathy – they do not understand what a business investor is looking for. Often, Business Angels will have specialization and experience within one or two industries, as it is […]

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Angel Funding Vs. Venture Capital – The Real Story

Angel Funding Vs. Venture Capital – The Real Story

| January 16, 2012 | 9 Comments

Contrary to what you are seeing in the press there is simply too much money in the World at the moment; too much capital seeking too few investment opportunities. Remember the 1930s depression created more Millionaires than in any other era (ever), and now will be no different. A large amount of High net worth […]

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7 Devastating Elevator Pitch Mistakes

7 Devastating Elevator Pitch Mistakes

| January 10, 2012 | 8 Comments

When you pitch your company, product, or service are you met with blank stares?  Does your audience politely smile, nod, and then walk away?  Maybe it is time to take a closer look at your pitch and make sure that you are not making one of the following deadly mistakes. 1.  Using Industry Jargon One […]

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How Small Businesses Can Get Help Landing Government Contracts

How Small Businesses Can Get Help Landing Government Contracts

| December 20, 2011 | 2 Comments

Many small business owners don’t know about the various programs and opportunities provided by the SBA. Today a video on MSN’s Business on Main covered one of these programs called the SBA 8(a) Small Business Development Program. The video highlights a 5 year old construction firm in Phoenix, Arizona that just landed an $80 million […]

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Poll: What Has Been the Main Source of Funding for Your Small Business?

Poll: What Has Been the Main Source of Funding for Your Small Business?

| December 11, 2011 | 6 Comments

We want to know how young entrepreneurs are funding their small businesses. Let us know what has been the primary source of funding for your small business. We will publish the results next week.

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