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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.
Managing cash flow can be tricky, but building strong relationships with everyone involved in your business can make that task easier. The Founder of the Louis J. Grasmick Lumber Co. has discovered that managing revenue becomes easier when you have a loyal customer base and carefully selected accounts. He shares his view on creating revenue through emphasizing the importantce of strong relationships.
Earl Graves, the founder and publisher of Black Enterprise Magazine, offers statistical evidence and his own business experience to explain businesses lose out when they dismiss the fact that the African-American consumer is most interested in a product or service's business value, not it's perceived social value. The incorrect assumptions about the African-American market that many businesses make can be corrected through, as Graves has discovered, with persistence and careful explanations of the overwhelmingly positive qualities of the African-American consumer.
Knowing how to work the system gives you control over one of the most important issues concerning your business: the ability to handle your cash. Whether you're black or white, whether you're running a freshly funded business or a proven establishment, cash flow matters. The publisher of Black Enterprise shares what he's learned about diligent cash-flow management during three decades in the magazine business.
A leading African-American entrepreneur exposes that things have changed for entrepreneurship in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11th. The tragedy is hurting large companies (on whose boards he sits), which in turn is having a ripple effect on the smallest entrepreneurial shop, he writes.
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When cash flow turned positive and profits started coming in, the co-founder of an Internet start-up sought his advisory board's approval for new expenses. What he got was a barrage of questions: "Where are next year's projections? What's your mission statement?" As the business grew, the board made sure it stayed on track financially, raising prices as well as morale. And when the company was acquired, everybody cashed in.
A business plan isn't as useful for raising financing as the prevailing entrepreneurial wisdom holds, argues the founder of an Internet marketing concern. Instead, focus on building the business and the money will follow.
Two hardworking entrepreneurs start an online publishing venture as a virtual company. They think they can communicate because they're wired. So, why are they always meeting at the local coffee shop? Profitable but inefficient, their business needs office space in order to grow beyond the launch phase--and, like parents, the founders have to get out of its way.
Businesses become more valuable when they have certain characteristics that add up to strategic advantages in the marketplace. Regardless of a company's ultimate objective--growth, acquisition or IPO--its owners can create, maximize and sustain value by driving it toward those characteristics. A management consultant explains the tools of his trade and reminds readers that price and value are not identical. Some factors, such as growth, are industry-specific, which is why new-economy companies and their stocks are fetching such extraordinary prices.
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