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For aspiring and active entrepreneurs, financing growth isn't always a matter of taking readily available funding. In this article, Jeff Gordon, who founded two companies in the decade since graduating from college, says the entrepreneur really seeks the best "engine" for fueling growth, which isn't necessarily money. He offers tips for choosing from an array of monetary and nonmonetary options.
You don't need a lot of money to start a company, sometimes none at all.
Before you can create a winning brand strategy, you've got to have a winning product or service to promote.
After years of bumps and bruises acquired in partnering his small firm with large ones, the entrepreneur shares his lessons learned along the way. He outlines a five-step partner consideration process, which includes researching potential partners for proper fit and using your small size to your advantage.
Social responsibility is a driving force for Jim Kenefick, both in business and in how he gives back.
Don Grimm spreads his giving back around through nonprofit and for-profit boards to tech transfer and angel investing.
Not so fast, Martha Stewart.
OK, you're special. You are talented and one of the best at what you do. But that doesn't mean that you're equipped to run your own business--even one within a field or industry you've been working in or following for years.
To wit: 627,200 new businesses opened in the U.S. in 2008--the same year 595,600 businesses shuttered and 43,546 filed for bankruptcy, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Likewise, 30% of small businesses fail within the first two years and half close shop within five years, according to the SBA.
The fact of the matter is that far too many people launch their own companies for all the wrong reasons and without the tools it takes to succeed. Before handing in your notice and signing a lease on an office, it's imperative you take a hard look at yourself in the salaried eye and ask yourself a few critical questions that could mean the difference between a fulfilling life as your own boss and speed-dialing a bankruptcy lawyer.
Franchise Direct has released the first ever list of the Top 100 Global Franchises, which was compiled after analyzing thousands of franchises.
Entrepreneurs benefit from knowledgeable third-party advice provided by advisors, writes the former chairman of a family-owned diamond business. The author describes his own dealings with informal mentors and the members of his formal advisory board.
The Research Commercialization and SBIR Center, now with over 130,000 members, is offering two online courses for faculty researchers, grad students, engineers and scientists in January 2011.
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