Fundraising 101: 3 Typical Startup Funding Paths

In my previous post, “Should Your Startup Actually Be a Small Business?” I addressed what may be the most important differentiator between a startup and a...

8 Steps in Securing a Bank Loan to Fund Your Startup

A common question I get is “How do I get a bank loan to fund my startup?” The default answer is that it probably...

6 Hidden Business Startup Costs

Starting a business is exciting! You’re finally ready to bring your dreams to life, become your own boss, and strengthen your local business community....

7 Startup Scenarios That May Be Judged Non-Fundable

If you aren’t willing to take some risk as an entrepreneur, then don’t expect any gain. Yet everyone has limits, and every investor implicitly...

How to Start a Small Business Without Ruining Your Credit

Starting your own business is no doubt a noble endeavor. But on the road to becoming a successful entrepreneur, you’ll encounter numerous obstacles that...

10 Tried-and-True Strategies for Funding New Ventures

One of the most frequent questions I get as a mentor to entrepreneurs is “How do I find the money to start my business?”...

5 Steps to Maximizing Your Startup Cash Flow Runway

Cash flow is a basic survival metric for every startup. Investors check your burn rate to assess your efficiency, and project your remaining runway before you run out...

Bootstrapping Your Business: A Reality Check

Philip Soriano has trouble fitting into dress shirts. This, along with his fashion and business experience, informs his role as co-founder of Hugh & Crye,...

The Right Way to Get Funding from Family and Friends

Most entrepreneurs I know are so passionate about their new idea that they are surprised when family and friends don’t line up to invest...

Elevator Speech Part 4: Delivery

So in my last three posts, I’ve written about a simple one-minute business description that every business owner should know, which I’m calling “the...

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