Category Archives: Investors

Here’s how to fund your business.

by Kelly Deis of SoundPoint Consulting

So, you have a great idea for a start-up or you want to expand your current business. You have the perfect business plan and are confident that both revenue growth and profitability are sure-fire.

Problem is, you don’t have the capital to fund the start-up or expansion. If that is the case, here are a few ways to fund your business. Which one is right for you?  Continue reading

8 things you can do to be taken seriously as a young entrepreneur.

By Caron_Beesley, SBA Contributor

Are you a teenager or in your early 20s? Do you have a great business idea? Perhaps you’re already making headway towards starting your own business.

But how do you get others to believe in you and your business idea?

Here are eight surefire ways that you can be taken seriously as a young entrepreneur:  Continue reading

April 20: How The Angel Investment Process Really Works

You only get one chance to make a great first impression with angel investors.

In this webinar, Martin Zwilling, founder of Startup Professionals and accredited angel investor, will provide his insights into the world of angel investing when he discusses:

  • Milestones entrepreneurs need to achieve before approaching angel investors
  • Recommended preparation and processes for meetings with investors
  • Timing, preparation and discussion topics for any investor meeting

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ABOUT THE PRESENTER

 Martin  Zwilling Marty Zwilling is the Founder and CEO of Startup Professionals as well as a regular contributor to Forbes and Entrepreneur. In addition to writing “Attracting an Angel,” Zwilling is an an accredited angel investor.

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How to find the right investor for your small business.

By Caron Beesley, Contributor

Although small businesses still turn to credit unions, community banks, and traditional banks for their capital needs, outside equity such as angel investment and venture capital, are  valid options. In fact, the venture and angel capital industries are experiencing a sharp increase in demand thanks to a greater certainty in the domestic economy.

If you’re looking for a private equity firm, venture or angel capitalist to fund your business, what are your options? Below are some tips for identifying the right fit for your needs and taking those important first steps.  Continue reading

Crowdfunding rules are changing to meet small business needs.

Have you considered crowdfunding for your small business but thought it was too complicated or too risky? Did you think it was just an option for one-off projects instead of long-term business sustainability? As crowdfunding gains popularity, more options are becoming available for small- and medium-size businesses.

Crowdfunding is growing beyond rewarding perks to friends and strangers who donate to your efforts. Now, thanks to a new law, regular-Joe investors can get a piece of your company’s equity pie.

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Does your small business need an angel?

If you’ve ever watched Shark Tank, you might recognize the cast of “sharks” as angel investors. Each shark has seen considerable success in business in the past and wants to put their personal money toward exciting new ideas.

And boy, do they invest. Sometimes the sharks offer hundreds of thousands of dollars — and expect to own a big percentage of the company in return. They make a lot of deals, but sometimes the new entrepreneurs are the ones turning down offers, not the other way around.

While the idea of jumping into a sea of sharks might be scary, try not to be intimidated by the idea of asking an angel to invest in your business.

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Angel investors get their name from their supportive nature. Instead of expecting an immediate return on their investment in a new business, angels instead take a percentage of the company, later enjoying the profits from their investment as the company grows.  Continue reading

Yes, you can write a great business plan.

by William A. Sahlman, Harvard Business Review

Few areas of business attract as much attention as new ventures, and few aspects of new-venture creation attract as much attention as the business plan. Countless books and articles in the popular press dissect the topic. A growing number of annual business-plan contests are springing up across the United States and, increasingly, in other countries. Both graduate and undergraduate schools devote entire courses to the subject. Indeed, judging by all the hoopla surrounding business plans, you would think that the only things standing between a would-be entrepreneur and spectacular success are glossy five-color charts, a bundle of meticulous-looking spreadsheets, and a decade of month-by-month financial projections.  Continue reading