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The New Standard for Deferred Compensation
6/6/2007
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The U.S. Congress enacted IRC Section 409A in the midst of corporate scandals that saw highly-paid executives receive deferred compensation payments while other employees lost their retirement savings. Public and private companies must comply for deferred compensation to keep preferential tax treatment status. This article outlines the risks of not complying and what compensation is involved.

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Valuation Worksheet
7/1/2007
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Numerous factors affect how angels value a company. Primary are the strength of the management team and the size of the opportunity, or a company's potential to scale. Accompanying this article is a valuation worksheet that entrepreneurs can use to better understand what investors look for and to identify factors that can justify higher pre-money valuations. Investors will find it useful to compare companies and determine whether valuation should be higher or lower.

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Selecting Consultants and Contractors Worksheet
9/1/2007
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Just as with hiring internal managers and staff, using external support requires careful planning and selection. Before you select a consultant or contractor, determine your budget, scope of work, timeline, measures for success, and other resources available to support the people who will do the work. Use this worksheet to help you think through important issues and to guide you in the selection process.

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Sample Cash Flow Report
1/1/2008
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Review this sample Cash Flow Report and Cash Flow Statement for this year old business to understand the primary differences in these two reports and the value in using them in reporting financial information.

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Sample Income Statement
1/1/2008
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Along with this sample Income Statement for a year old business, this tool provides a line-by-line explanation of the most common categories used to report profits.

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You really don’t need VC money to start most companies
Dingee Alec
4/8/2009
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Alec Dingee, Chairman and Co-Founder of MIT Mentoring Services shares his insight to how investor's view the current economic climate.  Review his research: 2009 is a period of historic economic turmoil and uncertainty.  The Bad News: Investors Hate Uncertainty.

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Elevator Pitch
7/22/2010
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This tool will help you compose a brief, compelling elevator pitch.

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Due Diligence Checklist
7/22/2010
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A due diligence checklist can provide a comprehensive assemblage of company information an entrepreneur needs in advance to negotiate their company's sale effectively. This checklist is used by Corey Schwartz, entrepreneur and finance expert, in his negotiations to buy and sell companies.

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Guide to Online Market Research
7/22/2010
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This research guide is filled with tools, including databases, trade publications, and more to assist entrepreneurs as they study a potential market--customers, demographics, competitors, trends, and more.

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Eight Steps to Working ON Your Business
7/22/2010
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It is easy for entrepreneurs to get lost in the details of running a business. This article proposes eight key steps that will help any entrepreneur concentrate on what's important in achieving success.

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