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What the SEC Crackdown on Secondary Markets Means for Startups

What the SEC Crackdown on Secondary Markets Means for Startups

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Secondary markets like SharesPost and SecondMarket present exciting new ways to increase a private company's liquidity -- but there are also dangers.
March 16, 2012 in IPOs and DPOs
On Capitol Hill, Battle Over Small-Business Loans Grows Fierce

On Capitol Hill, Battle Over Small-Business Loans Grows Fierce

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Credit unions and the banking industry spar over the right to make loans to small businesses.
March 15, 2012 in Financing
When Seeking Funding, Credit Unions Can Be Worth Checking Out

When Seeking Funding, Credit Unions Can Be Worth Checking Out

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More credit unions are offering business loans, and their interest rates and fees are often lower than at commercial banks. What's more, their loan officers typically have more flexibility and decision-making ability than those at larger institutions.
March 13, 2012 in Financing
How Dermalogica Is Giving Women Entrepreneurs a Boost

How Dermalogica Is Giving Women Entrepreneurs a Boost

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To alleviate many of the problems in the world, Dermalogica founder Jane Wurwand boldly suggests giving women entrepreneurs a hand up.
March 10, 2012 in Bank Loans and Microloans
Rare Partnership: Government, Citi and a Clean-Tech VC

Rare Partnership: Government, Citi and a Clean-Tech VC

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The Small Business Administration announced that it has selected a clean-technology venture capital firm for a Startup America initiative.
March 9, 2012 in Financing
Tech Exec's Family Inspires a Senior-Care Business

Tech Exec's Family Inspires a Senior-Care Business

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Using easy-to-understand technology, Independa helps seniors stay well on their own.
March 9, 2012 in Venture Capital
$2 Billion Cut from Fed Loan Program Affecting Small Business

$2 Billion Cut from Fed Loan Program Affecting Small Business

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The CDFI Bond Guarantee program, signed into law in 2010, had the potential to extend $4 billion in credit to small-business owners, among others. A lengthy Congressional approval process has reduced the funds available by half.
March 7, 2012 in SBA and Government Funding
On Crowdfunding Sites, Age Doesn't Matter

On Crowdfunding Sites, Age Doesn't Matter

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Websites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo can help young entrepreneurs lasso funding when parents and banks can't.
March 6, 2012 in Financing
How to Raise Cash on Kickstarter

How to Raise Cash on Kickstarter

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What you need to know about using the crowd-funding website to finance a creative project
March 5, 2012 in Financing
Small Businesses Borrow More, But Should They?

Small Businesses Borrow More, But Should They?

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An uptick in small-business lending may mean entrepreneurs will start hiring in 2012, or they might just sit on their cash.
March 5, 2012 in Bank Loans and Microloans
Six Small Business Proposals from Washington You Need to Watch

Six Small Business Proposals from Washington You Need to Watch

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The package of bills aims to increase access to funding for entrepreneurs.
March 2, 2012 in Financing
Why the SBA's Early-Stage Innovation Fund Won't Help Startups Access Capital (Opinion)

Why the SBA's Early-Stage Innovation Fund Won't Help Startups Access Capital (Opinion)

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One of the SBA's biggest investment programs to launch this year may fall on deaf ears as the venture-capital community swoons from years of lousy returns.
February 29, 2012 in SBA and Government Funding
Let Small Investors Join Angel Groups (Opinion)

Let Small Investors Join Angel Groups (Opinion)

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Being rich does little to protect an investor from fraud. Often there is safety in numbers.
February 28, 2012 in Angel Investors
How to Raise Cash With Crowdfunding

How to Raise Cash With Crowdfunding

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Sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo attract hobbyists and wannabes, but they can also help aspiring raise up to the five or six figures.
February 27, 2012 in Financing
Want to Wow Investors? Bring Your Kids to the Pitch Meeting

Want to Wow Investors? Bring Your Kids to the Pitch Meeting

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See how two inventors fared when they brought their children along to pitch the 'Sharks.'
February 23, 2012 in Angel Investors
Where to Look to Raise Cash For Your Business

Where to Look to Raise Cash For Your Business

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When local options fail, it's time to cast a wider net. Here are ways to expand your funding search.
February 22, 2012 in Financing
Would You Sell Your Startup Right Now If I Gave You $600,000?

Would You Sell Your Startup Right Now If I Gave You $600,000?

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Few business owners expect to get a fat buyout offer while their startup is still on the launch pad. Here's what one business owner did when confronted with an offer.
February 16, 2012 in Angel Investors
SBA Seeks More Money in 2013 for Fewer Loans

SBA Seeks More Money in 2013 for Fewer Loans

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The Small Business Administration asked for almost $1.1 billion for fiscal year 2013, but don't get too excited. They also plan to back fewer loans.
February 15, 2012 in SBA and Government Funding
10 Ways to Get Investors to Listen to Your Business Pitch

10 Ways to Get Investors to Listen to Your Business Pitch

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Wooing investors is a challenge even for entrepreneurs who're enthusiastic about their business. Here are ten tips on how to craft your investor pitch.
February 14, 2012 in Angel Investors
Zuckerberg's $1 Salary and More: Parsing the Facebook IPO Filing

Zuckerberg's $1 Salary and More: Parsing the Facebook IPO Filing

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Facebook's IPO filing reveals a great deal about the company. Here's a brief overview.
February 2, 2012 in IPOs and DPOs
What Facebook's IPO Means for VCs and Entrepreneurs

What Facebook's IPO Means for VCs and Entrepreneurs

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The social networking giant's showing on the public market may land with a thud.
February 1, 2012 in IPOs and DPOs
The 10 Things Facebook Got Right Pre-IPO

The 10 Things Facebook Got Right Pre-IPO

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Facebook has the potential to raise $10 billion in an IPO. Here's why that's possible.
January 31, 2012 in IPOs and DPOs
How to Sell Shares Without Going Public

How to Sell Shares Without Going Public

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Secondary markets like SharesPost and SecondMarket offer a less costly avenue for raising money from investors than an IPO.
January 30, 2012 in IPOs and DPOs
A Starbucks Initiative to Brew Up U.S. Jobs

A Starbucks Initiative to Brew Up U.S. Jobs

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An initiative by Starbucks and Opportunity Finance Network is pouring small-business funding into private lending institutions
January 24, 2012 in Financing
Starbucks Is Into Them. But What Exactly Are CDFIs?

Starbucks Is Into Them. But What Exactly Are CDFIs?

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A quick guide to Community Development Financial Institutions: How they work and whether they can help you get money to start your business.
January 24, 2012 in Financing
For Tech Startups, the U.S. -- Not China -- Is the Place to Launch

For Tech Startups, the U.S. -- Not China -- Is the Place to Launch

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For those interested in catering to Chinese customers, it helps to have ties to America.
January 23, 2012 in Venture Capital
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