5 Ways Unknown Founders Can Draw Interest from Investors

There’s no better time to be an entrepreneur than right now. Not only is there a low barrier to entry for the business world, startups now have...

The Danger of Being Undercapitalized

It’s always exciting to think about the idea of having your own new start up. You hear about stories where entrepreneurs started with just $300 and a cardboard box and then turned their business into millions. In reality, having worked with many types of business owners, the first mistake made by most is simply not having enough capital or access to capital while growing your business.

Starting Up on a Shoestring Budget? The Key is Niche Marketing.

In combining two concepts close to her heart—dressing women well for little money and collaborative consumption—Tracy DiNunzio has built a successful, sustainable and innovative business.

Two Key Digital Innovations for Small Business

There's never been a more exciting time to be a small business owner. Whether you are a sole proprietor or have a team of employees working for you, never before have so many innovative tools been available to improve your business.

8 Smart Tips to Soliciting Friends and Family Funding

It’s great to start with a big dream as you contemplate a new business, but finding the money you need takes more than dreaming....

Elevator Speech Part 2: Why You?

In my post Elevator Speech Part 1: the Market Story I suggested that all business owners should be able to describe their businesses well in...

Self-Assessment: Will Your Startup Get Angel Investment?

Is your startup a good candidate for angel investment? If you can’t answer “yes” to the four questions here, then it probably isn’t. Angel investors...

8 Business Name Mistakes Investors Hate to See

Every new baby gets a name before it is introduced to the world, and yet some entrepreneurs continue to send me business plans with...

10 Things Angel Investors Ask About Startups

Recently the angel investment group I’m a member of (Willamette Angel Conference) finished our eighth year of choosing a startup to invest in. Our investment...

10 Startup Strategies to Minimize Cash Flow Disasters

The “valley of death” is a common term in the startup world, referring to the difficulty of covering the negative cash flow in the...

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