Ask Entrepreneur - Starting a Business

How Do I Decide Which Business Idea I Should Pursue?

I'm young and eager, and I have many ideas that I want to turn into businesses. The problem is I can't narrow down the list to just one. How do I pick one idea to move forward with?
Brad Sugars

Do You Need a College Degree to be an Entrepreneur?

I'm in college and I know that I want to be an entrepreneur. However, I'm not sure what I want to do yet and am questioning why I'm seeking a degree which i don't ultimately need. Do I really need a college degree to own a business?
Tim Berry

How Many VC Firms Should a Startup Pitch?

Is it a good decision for a startup to apply for funding at as many as 10 to 20 venture capital firms? What do I need to consider?
Tim Berry

How can I obtain startup money?

I'm open to any suggestions you might have.
Brad Sugars

How can I turn an idea into reality without any business savvy?

I have a great idea for a business, but I'm not sure what steps to take to actually launch it.
Brad Sugars

What's the best way to start a breakfast cafe in the recession?

I'm 23 years old and have so many ideas. But I don't have any idea where to start and who talk to. Will you please offer me more insight on how to get started?
Greg Digneo

How can I find VCs for a website startup?

I have a website idea, but don't have the capital to start it. How do I go about finding people to invest in it or find capital for a quicker launch?
Lena West

How can I find start-up grants for small business?

My wife and I are planning to open a cupcake franchise location. I know there are many government grants available for various purposes. Can you tell me if there are government grants for small business and where to start my search. If a grant is not available, what is the best SBA loan program for small business. I have reviewed many SBA loan programs but a bit confused as to the best to pursue.
Michael Kaleikini

What's the best way to find a business partner?

I need a partner who is a web designer and entrepreneur. I am a nightclub promoter and am looking for someone to startup and operate my website. I'll provides the ideas, funding and connections.
Greg Digneo

Is a hot dog cart a good choice for profit and growth?

I'm in Oklahoma not on the east coast. can a hot dog stand it still be profitable? I do know location is key. I'm willing to put in the time and effort but, I don't want to be wasting my time and money.
Greg Digneo

How should I acquire loans, grants or investors for a business venture?

I'm soon to be out of college and I would like to open a specialty store. While I have some resources set, I would like to know what is the best way to get off the ground?
Greg Digneo

How much of my personal funds should I use to start a franchise?

Is there any advantage to borrowing from a bank verses using my personal capital?
Jeff Elgin

Before opening a retail business, what demographics should I consider?

I have a couple of designated areas in mind, what information should I look at?
Greg Digneo

How do I approach potential landlords?

I would like to open a children's clothing shop in a new shopping center in Perth, Australia. I have a great supplier for my stock and most everything else except finance and premises sorted. But before I make contact with the leasing agent, how should I approach them? Will they require a business plan? How can I compete with other big name retailers? I have never owned a shop before but have plenty of retail experience.
Brad Sugars