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Not all big corporations are out to get you-some want to help.

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Pearl Jam. Pearl Bailey. Pearl S. Buck. Even Pearl Harbor. Examples of pearls abound in popular culture and history. But if you're looking for a natural pearl in our oceans, my advice is to hold your breath and dive deep.

If you're searching for expansion capital, you know the feeling. But just as divers may want to consider dropping by a Neiman Marcus, you're likely looking in the wrong places for financing. Maybe the right place is a corporate investment fund. The Intel 64 Fund was the oyster to Black Pearl, an enterprise software company co-founded by CEO Lisa Hammitt, 38, in 1998.

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