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Getting Ready for the Public Eye?

As IPOs become viable again, what can you do to prepare your company?

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This story appears in the November 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Not so long ago, IPO was considered a four-letter word. After the IPO bubble burst in 2001, there were so few that could go public that it seemed as though the opportunity was lost forever. But if the momentum building in 2007 is any indication, the curse may finally be lifted. This year, IPOs are on track to exceed--in both number and value--every year since 2000. According to Renaissance Capital's IPOhome.com, 114 had raised $26 billion by midyear.

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