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Venture capital is within reach, but you have to work for it. Follow these steps to that deal-closing handshake.

This story appears in the July 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Raising venture capital is a lot like painting a room: The actual painting is the final step. What takes the most time is prepping the job-getting rid of old wallpaper, patching, sanding and cleaning.

In this vein, we understand our "Top 100 Venture Capital Firms for Entrepreneurs" list might provide irresistible fodder for capital-hungry entrepreneurs. But before you pick up the phone and start dialing for dollars, think about the prep work required to do a good job and be successful. Not sure how to start? The following steps will help:

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