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10 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make With Investors

10 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make With Investors

Seeking money for a start-up from friends, family, angel investors, venture capitalists or lenders is an exercise fraught with pitfalls. Many first-time entrepreneurs approach it with great optimism and belief in their business idea, only to fall flat on their face. Reasons vary, but often it’s just that the entrepreneur hasn’t taken the time to […]

Why You Should Join Startup America Partnership

Why You Should Join Startup America Partnership

The Startup America Partnership is new and largely unknown, but this independent, private-sector coalition of corporate tech titans, advisors, financing firms, mentors and sundry service providers won’t be undiscovered for long.  Any business owner or entrepreneur – from startup (newly created), to rampup (initial growth stage), to speedup (going like gang busters) – should be […]

Guide to Sample Business Plans and Business Plan Templates

Guide to Sample Business Plans and Business Plan Templates

Starting or expanding a business?  Looking for small business loans, venture capital, angel investors or other financial backing?  Then you need a business plan, plain and simple.  Every successful startup begins with a sound business plan But why start from scratch if you don’t have to. By using a sample business plan, business plan template […]

World’s Richest and Largest Business Plan Contest

World’s Richest and Largest Business Plan Contest

Graduate level student-entrepreneurs at universities worldwide are percolating new ideas and pitching them to business plan contests to a record pace.  For a few, the result is money — and gobs of it.  For example, the Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC) — the world’s largest — will award more than $1 million in prizes to […]

Finding Startup Funds Made Easier

Finding Startup Funds Made Easier

Websites hoping to play matchmaker between investors and startup entrepreneurs have come and gone with great regularity.  FindVenture.com looks like a player.  The site has partnered with a long list of venture capital funds to create a kind of exchange that connects VC and other investors with biz owners and entrepreneurs seeking capital.  FindVenture uses […]

A Small Business Grant that Really Exists

A Small Business Grant that Really Exists

One of the most persistent myths among would-be business owners is that Uncle Sam and other organizations dole out free, no-strings-attached grants to business startups. With rare exceptions, it doesn’t happen. Yet the fairy tale persists and “small business grants” has long been one of the most popular searches online. There is, however, one small […]

A Secret Stash of Small Biz Capital

A Secret Stash of Small Biz Capital

Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) are one of the best-kept secrets in the world of venture capital.  These behind-the-scenes investment firms inject over a billion dollars annually into small firms. Yet they deliberately keep a low profile to avoid being crushed by businesses seeking money. Last year alone, SBICs across the country pumped about $1.8 […]

How to Find an Angel Investor

How to Find an Angel Investor

Need money to fund or expand your startup?  Forget venture capital.  For 99% of today’s startups, VC money is a pipedream.  Angels are the way to go.  They are more plentiful and better organized than ever, and hooking up with them has never been easier (not easy, mind you, but easier than it once was). […]