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Susan Schreter

Susan Schreter is a 20-year veteran of the venture finance community and a university educator in entrepreneurship. She is the founder of TakeCommand, a community service organization that offers the largest centralized database of venture capital funds, angel investment clubs, incubators and microfinance lenders in the U.S. Ask her your questions at susan@takecommand.org.

Finance

A Quick Guide to Finding a Venture Capital Match

Looking for money to grow a company or get it off the ground? There are venture capital firms across the country eagerly seeking to fund good business ideas, but fit and size matter.
Starting a Business

Angel Investment Clubs Offer a Ray of Hope -- and Capital

From Silicon Valley to the Gulf Coast, angel investment clubs are looking to fund local startups that solve problems across a variety of industries.
Finance

Raising Capital in Rural America

With startup communities popping up in cities across the U.S., you don't have to be in Silicon Valley to start a high-tech business. But can you find funding in rural America?
Finance

Voices That Matter: Business Lessons From a Top Banker

Business on Main sits down for an interview with Maria C. Coyne, executive vice president of the Consumer and Small Business Banking segment at KeyBank.
Inspiring Your Team

How to Hire the Right Employees for Your Startup

When you're on a tight startup budget and timeline, it can be easy to make compromises on who you hire. Don't. Here's what to look for in an employee.
Starting a Business

5 Lessons From Oprah's 'Startup'

Oprah Winfrey's OWN network might be faltering, but don't count out the woman with the Midas touch. Here's what any entrepreneur can learn from her recent startup struggles.
Growth Strategies

3 Employee Mistakes That Cost Businesses Big Time

Managing employees comes with hidden costs. Find out how to protect yourself from situations that can emotionally and financially devastate a business.
Finance

Top Overtime Traps for Business Owners

As a business owner, you often look for ways to bootstrap or ask employees to go above and beyond. But overlooking overtime could land you in a heap of trouble.
Starting a Business

How to Shop for a Business Incubator

Incubators can be a great way to get a fledgling business off the ground -- but beware of marketing gimmicks that capitalize on eager entrepreneurs.
Finance

Taking on Debt to Grow Your Business

In today's economy, debt is a four-letter word -- but it can also be essential for growing a business. Here are some options that could help boost your working capital.
Growth Strategies

What Private Equity Can Do for Your Company

Looking to grow or get liquid? If so, private equity might be a better option for you than venture capital.
Growth Strategies

Venture Capital: It's Not Just for Startups

Don't overlook this resource if you're trying to expand or grow your business.
Starting a Business

Raising Funds: Planning (and Persistance) Pays Off

Forget the recession, with the right mindset you can raise all the money you need.
Starting a Business

Eight Mistakes That Devastate Business Owners

Must-know info to help you avoid personal financial ruin