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10 Ways to Get a Loan Through the Small Business Administration

by / ⠀Funding Startup Advice / October 24, 2011

Many young business owners get caught up chasing after venture or angel capital to fund their business and forget about looking into a loan for it. There are many different programs out there through your bank, local government and national government that you can look into for a loan. One great resource is the Small Business Administration which has numerous resources available for small business owners. Below we…

How to Overcome Those Doubtful Looks—Your Advantages and How to Use Them

by / ⠀Funding Startup Advice / July 24, 2011

By now you know that in order to create a successful business you will most likely need investors to help your new company get off the ground. The quality of your idea is your backbone to success, but there are other ways to get investors interested. You may initially be concerned that your age will be a problem, but believe it or not, being younger can be a…

5 Lessons Learned From a Fundraising Start-Up

by / ⠀Funding Startup Advice / May 31, 2011

Running a start-up is always challenging no matter what sector you’re in. However fundraising faces some unique challenges. First what your selling, the help the charity offers, rarely benefits the donor directly. Second your budget is always going to be tight because your raison d’etre is to give money away! Having said that there are also some great advantages, such as motivated staff, knowing that you’re doing good…

Bootstrapping: Accumulating Wealth Instead of Winning it Like a Lottery

by / ⠀Funding Startup Advice / May 30, 2011

We’ve all heard “cash is king” for businesses, but is this really true? If you are an entrepreneur, you understand how delicate startups are. They are growing entities that should be handled with extreme caution and care. The obvious goal of this growth is to work towards profitability, but caution, growth is something you shouldn’t rush. Startups can learn so much more about their core business by pulling…

5 Tips to Funding Your Small Business

by / ⠀Funding Startup Advice / May 10, 2011

Small business now generate 64% of net new jobs over the past 15 years, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. As a result, now, more than ever before, America believes in the small business. While business solutions help with the mechanics of getting the business going, getting funds can be easier said than done.  Here are a few options to fiscally provide for your startup. 1. Bootstrapping…

Interview: How to Pitch Your Company to a Venture Capital Firm with Adam Marcus

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Funding / May 6, 2011

Today we had the chance to speak with Adam Marcus from OpenView Venture Partners. Adam joined OpenView in 2009 after previously working with marketing service investments at Battery Ventures, corporate development with the Boston Celtics, and M&A investments at Lycos. Adam now focuses his work on several industries including software, digital media and technology. He is passionate about finding and working with entrepreneurs to build the next great…

8 Insurance Coverages Every Entrepreneur Must Consider

by / ⠀Funding Startup Advice / May 4, 2011

I am not an entrepreneur.  So I can’t directly empathize with the emotional and psychological rollercoaster that an entrepreneur endures while visualizing, strategizing, and actionizing (probably not a word) their business plan.  However, I am well aware of and fully appreciate the stress that entrepreneurs put themselves through.  With every two steps forward you take one step back.  There is barely enough time in the day to enjoy…

Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make While Financing Your Startup

by / ⠀Funding Startup Advice / April 26, 2011

Many businesses have amazing ideas, but can’t seem to sell themselves to investors.  Investors may hear a hundred pitches or more in a given week and may choose one of them.  The entrepreneurs who are most likely to get funded know what investors are looking for and cater to their expectations. Here are a few things you need to do to stand out to an investor and maximize…

Get Control of Your Finances – For Your Sake (& Your Company’s)

by / ⠀Funding Startup Advice / April 20, 2011

What comes to mind when you think of personal finance? Allow me to take a stab at it.  You probably think of people like Dave Ramsey or Suze Orman.  You hear horror stories of college graduates being inundated with mounds of student loan debt only to take on more debt on their way to law school or medical school.  In addition, you have probably heard of a few…

4 Essential Aspects Of Your New Year Financial Plan

by / ⠀Funding Startup Advice / February 5, 2011

As a new year begins it is common for people to create resolutions for the new year, especially around financial planning. The new year is a great time to set financial goals and get yourself on the right track for the year. However, it is important that your financial goals are all encompassing and account for saving, investing, retirement planning, and debt elimination. While each person?s financial plans…

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