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Using Scorecards With Your Board
10/11/2007
Summary:

A venture capitalist explains how key performance indicators (KPIs) are best compiled and used. They should be straightforward covering financial items and people, probably no more than 20, tied to specific managers, and coordinated by the CFO. Sales should be handled as a separate category.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)
Building the Budget
FastTrac
9/27/2007
Article Resource
Summary:

When developing a budget, it is important to estimate profits annually for the next three years as well as to develop a detailed month-by-month budget of sales, expenses, and cash flow amounts for the same three years.

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The Narrowing GAAP
9/6/2007
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There's a convergence in international accounting standards (GAAP vs. IFRS, mainly) that entrepreneurs with growing global interests might want to be aware of, as reported by this lengthy article. However, larger corporations seem to be the key players right now.

Go To Source (www.cfo.com)
Toward a Leaner Finance Department
9/6/2007
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A leaner finance function will reduce costs, increase quality, and better align corporate responsibilities in finance and other departments. This article shows how CFOs can apply the waste-reduction principles of lean manufacturing to their challenges.

Go To Source (www.cfo.com)
Pay Per Click for Targeted Results
Kenefake Jerry
9/1/2007
Article Resource
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When he moved his business online, Jerry Kenefake needed a new way to market his promotions products. Pay-per-click advertising turned out to be that new way. Its power to measure results, track buying habits, and, oh yes, sell his products propelled his company forward, and he never looked back.

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Suing a Customer for Nonpayment
8/30/2007
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A straightforward article about the three options you have to collect a debt from a non-payer: write a final demand for payment letter, sue in small claims court, or sue in state civil trial court. In each case, you'll need documentation of your claim and your attempts to collect, not to mention the hardy persistence entrepreneurs are known for. Bonus: Links to several other resources.

Go To Source (www.allbusiness.com)
The Interview: How to Survive an Expert Grilling by a Banker or Prospective Investor
8/23/2007
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Brief and focused, this article offers a solid outline of the questions venture capitalists and other potential funders ask before they show you the money. Only a well-prepared entrepreneur can supply the answers.

Go To Source (www.angel-investor-news.com)
The Art of Projections in a Dotcom 2.0 World
8/16/2007
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Facing facts and forgetting fantasies are vital to accurate forecasting for startups seeking outside investment. This highly practical blog entry provides eleven helpful tips for doing forecasts realistically and presenting them in ways that investors understand and appreciate.

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)
The Best Funding Source for You
8/16/2007
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This article provides an excellent framework not only for how to raise money but also for how to think about raising money. Key point: Always stay nine months ahead of your need for cash.

Go To Source (www.entrepreneur.com)
The 5-Point Plan to Check Out Potential Investors
8/7/2007
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Stolen software, too-high brokerage fees, out-and-out scams are just a few of the pitfalls entrepreneurs must avoid as they raise capital. This article explains key signs of trouble and what to do about them.

Go To Source (www.angel-investor-news.com)

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