Crowdfunding: A Roar from a Young Lion

Can you imagine having 300 shareholders? With recent legislation and new portals on the Web, it's entirely possible, perhaps for the first time for small businesses.

8 Guidelines for Friends and Family Startup Funding

Friends and family will likely not expect the same level of sophistication on the business model and financials as a professional investor, but they do expect to see certain things. Here is a summary of some key items to think about as an entrepreneur before approaching friends, family, or even fools.

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.

Can You Borrow Your Way to Success?

In order to be able to obtain a loan, SBA or conventional, you must meet the basic financial institution risk rating, which is known as the "5 Cs of Lending."

How to Size Your Marketing Budget for Funding

It's not uncommon for me to see a startup business plan "mission" to be the "premier brand" for their product, yet their marketing budget in the financials is trivial. This combination will almost certainly get your plan tossed by potential investors.

5 Logistical Steps for Startups Seeking Investors

Don't charge the hill until you are "ready." This probably seems obvious to military types, but I see entrepreneurs violating this rule all the time. They approach key potential investors way too early.

Build a Company—Not Just a Product

Some businesses are built around a single idea. And sometimes that idea is just too small a slice of the big picture to be interesting to investors.

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.

Include Your Labor Value in Your Plan

Investors love it when entrepreneurs draw little or no money from their startups. It extends the cash available for research and other necessary fixed costs and gives the fragile, young company more "runway" to get to breakeven.

Realistic Options for Financing Your Startup

One of the first challenges new entrepreneurs face is finding a way to finance their businesses. You have a great business idea but little money to implement it; and, like every entrepreneur before you, you try to scrounge enough money to launch your startup—your dream.

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