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Guide to Angel Investors
3/13/2007
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Angel investors provide nearly $25 billion to more than 10,000 entrepreneurial firms each year. Increasingly, angels are banding together to combine resources, know-how, and prospecting efforts to identify solid investment opportunities. With the average group investing $400,000, this funding strategy can be a good alternative when personal assets have been tapped.

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Guide to Benchmarking Your Business Financials
3/9/2007
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Financial benchmarks for entrepreneurial ventures are a good way to measure performance by comparing your organization to industry standards. Whether determined by using online resources, information from relevant trade associations or governmental agencies, or in consultation with a private financial advisor, this practice can impact bottom-line profitability and shape corporate strategies for growth.

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Guide to Establishing Internal Financial Controls
3/9/2007
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Many entrepreneurs do not adequately track financial operations in their own companies until they experience substantial growth. At that point, it can be difficult to put sufficient controls in place. This article identifies best practices, online resources, and software solutions for maintaining an accurate financial picture.

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Guide to Finding Used Machinery and Tools
3/1/2007
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Investing in equipment for your company can be expensive. If funds are tight, you can opt for purchasing pre-owned equipment and tools rather than new. This guide provides tips and links on this topic, including advice on getting equipment via auctions, dealers, and over-stocked inventory.

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Guide to SBA Loan Pre-Qualification
3/13/2007
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Getting certified in advance for a federally backed business loan can speed up the loan process, as well as allowing you to "shop" a number of lenders rather than just one. This article provides links to helpful resources to get the pre-qualification process under way.

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How Equity Dilution Works
3/9/2007
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Issuing new equity shares of company stock has a direct impact on existing shareholders. Performing an equity dilution analysis can improve both financial decision-making and recruitment of new talent into the ranks of top management. A description process (including specific mathematical examples) are provided here.

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Investor Turnoffs
3/9/2007
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When pitching a potential investor, it is important to understand not only what they want to hear, but more importantly what they don't. Avoid these typical mistakes that many entrepreneurs make when seeking funding from angels and venture capitalists.

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Managing Cash and Burn Rate
3/20/2007
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This article discusses cash and burn rate--that is how efficiently cash is used and how much cash is needed to operate day in and day out.

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Potential Funding Sources Checklist
3/12/2007
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Use this checklist to evaluate all of your funding options and to consider alternative sources of funding.

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Secrets of Bootstrapping
3/1/2007
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This article offers several ways entrepreneurs can bootstrap their companies along. Tips include start your business at home, evaluate your business equipment needs before buying, and learn to barter.

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