I am a manging founder and one of a group of first-round investors of a company building a restaurant chain. We are in the midst of raising capital for the first store. But if we need additional capital for a second store, I don't plan to invest again. Can I protect my equity or will it be diluted along with that of the other investors? If the second round investment is for a higher share value, is it common practice to give first-round investors a discount on reinvesting (besides their right to first refusal) or do they have to invest at the same value as the new investors?
I am looking at purchasing an existing business with a good history, and I want to maximize my leverage. I have no debt and don't need to take that much money out of the business. I would prefer lower payments and lower financing with a balloon at the end of five years. Then I could use the profits from this business to continue buying other businesses.
I am a 20-year-old female who is thinking of starting a new bath and makeup preparation line, but I'm afraid I don't have enough experience. I have a lot of wonderful ideas, but I don't know where to present them. I would appreciate advice and an idea about how much starting a new line can cost.
My company operates in a highly competitive environment in a specialized category. To gain more power in this category, we are looking to raise more money. If you could create a list of Top 10 Things that represent value for investors, what would those be?
A franchise I'm interested in mentions a fee of $20,000 and then lists capital requirements of up to $235,000. Can you clarify the difference between the two and explain the initial setup costs a franchisee is expected to pay?
Our family-owned company needs to consolidate its image and rebrand. Before we consult an image specialist, we want to develop cohesive positioning. Can I buy a roadmap-type product for the initial internal diagnosis?
I am trying to develop a non-cash incentive program to motivate and reward production employees for overall safety practices and work ethics. What criteria should I use for initial nomination, and should bi-lateral employees as well as supervisors and area managers be included in the nominating process?
I operate a printing business with two full-time employees out of the basement in my home. Companies are refusing to provide homeowners' insurance because the business is in the same building. Can you offer any advice?