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Who Needs Money?

Like all of us…… I like to pass on information that can help entrepreneurs. I found this site that gives great resources on business funding. Check out www.netpreneur.org and look under the funding section.  From angels to VC’s, it’s all here. Funding is that ugly word most entrepreneurs do not want to hear, or have [...]

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Cool Work for Yourself Tips from AWAI’s Katie Yeakle

If you are struggling to start a business and work for yourself, check out these tips from Katie Yeakle. As the executive director of American Writers & Artists, Inc., Katie has helped people successfully develop new skills to purse their dream lifestyles since 1997. Katie Yeakle, American Writers & Artists, Inc. Executive Director     [...]

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Common Obstacles: Money Now v Later

In several of the interviews that I’ve done, one of the frequent topics that comes up as an aside, is Money now vs. Money later. Many business owners are torn between the product or service offering money quickly and the development or infrastructure efforts that take short-term money but offer long-term reward. This creates an immediate [...]

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Holy Crisis, Batman!

For those of you who run a business or are trying to get one off the ground, I bet you’ve had a run-in or two with a crisis of some kind. It may have taken the shape of a loss of data, or a short-fall in needed cash. Perhaps it was a lawsuit or a [...]

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Managing Your Business Credit and Cash Flow in a Down Market

As if we didn’t know it, the New York Times wrote today, “Banks struggling to recover from multibillion-dollar losses on real estate are curtailing loans to American businesses, depriving even healthy companies of money for expansion and hiring.” Yep, tough times. We all are well aware of the fact that everyone’s getting more conservative including [...]

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What the heck is an S-Corp??

“Sufferin’ succotash! What is the deal with that thing called an S-Corp and how do I get me one?” Yes, in my last blog I told you about the many benefits of an LLC and why most small businesses would benefit from them. But now comes an interesting comparison. The LLC v. the S-Corp. What [...]

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Vision to Venture webcast is live!

Here’s a link to the webcast of my 8 Secrets to Startup Success. Throughout April and into early May, I was on a seminar tour with the folks at Microsoft Office Live Small Business. The tour, Vision to Venture (aimed at women entrepreneurs), was a huge success. Hundreds of people showed up in St. Louis, [...]

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Financing The Start Of Your 50+ Business

 Even with the most disciplined cost control and effective collection of money your business can run short of cash.  As a matter of fact, this is a fairly constant situation when you are growing your business. To provide the capital to launch and grow three businesses over the past twenty years, two of them after [...]

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Getting in Bed with Venture Capitalists

Marc Andreessen, famous co-founder of Netscape, finally comes clean with his opinions about entering a relationship with VC’s. Bottom line: it ain’t a free lunch. As a really smart entrepreneur I know says: "Partners are for dancing." http://blog.pmarca.com/2007/06/the_truth_about.html  There are a variety of circumstances where partnering with VC’s is the best move. But before you [...]

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The Angel Honey Pot Continues to Grow

According to the 2006 Angel Market Analysis released today by the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire, the angel investor market experienced steady growth in 2006, with total investments of $25.6 billion, an increase of 10.8 percent over 2005. This is an irrefutable statement about the fact that the money is [...]

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Small business loans grubstake entrepreneurs

Huh? I subscribe to a daily ‘Word of the Day’ email from Merriam-Webster and the other day the word was grubstake. grubstake GRUB-stayk verb : to provide with material assistance (as a loan) for launching an enterprise or for a person in difficult circumstances Apparently, the word gained footing during the California gold rush, and [...]

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A small business loan with a twist

Catch 22. You have a terrific idea for a profitable small business. You need some startup cash to get it rolling. Or maybe you’ve started your business and an influx of cash will take it to the next level. Problem is, you haven’t been in business 2 years yet so banks aren’t likely to give [...]

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He shows you the money (but do you take it?)

Today’s Scenario: You’ve been unemployed for three months, but you’re doing something about it. Yes, you’re ready to take control of your destiny and start up your own business. You’ve come up with a life plan after poring over the simple process we provided you in our life-changing book. (shameless plug) You’ve also developed a [...]

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