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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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Sample Non-Disclosure Agreement
8/1/2006
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This document is a sample legal agreement covering non-disclosure of intellectual property in the context of a potential company sale between two parties.

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Sample Proposed Employee Incentive Program
6/1/2007
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This tool was designed to assist an entrepreneur who set up a bonus system that keyed off the company's EBITDA. By having a bonus program tied to EBITDA, top team members were forced to think like an owner thinks about expenses, opportunities, and investment.

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Sample Template on Pitching Angels
8/7/2006
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Raising money by selling equity to investors is a rare activity for companies, says CommonAngels' James Geshwiler. Not many CEOs get much practice or guidance on how to do this key task. This document is a sample template for entrepreneurs to use in pitching their companies to angel investors, and covers six main areas of risk and ability to generate return for investors.

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Sample Term Sheet -- Series A
4/27/2007
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This sample term sheet for a Series A round of financing details the major points of a hypothetical investment deal for a first-round ?Series A Convertible Preferred Stock? financing.

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Sample Term Sheet -- Series B
4/27/2007
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This is a sample term sheet for a Series B round of financing.

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Sample U.S. Patent Filing
8/1/2006
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This document is a sample of an actual filed patent, and includes key sections such as product abstract, diagrams, and detailed description of the invention.

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Screen Growth Opportunities
9/20/2006
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Using the four basic growth strategies--Market Penetration, Market Expansion, Line Expansion, and New Business Development--this tool helps identify potential growth opportunities for a business.

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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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Six Legal Forms of Business
4/27/2007
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When identifying an appropriate legal form of business, most often entrepreneurs consider these factors—control, taxes, liability, transferability of ownership, longevity of the business, and raising capital. The key is to identify the legal structure that best meets your needs and the needs of your business.

In an ideal world, you would select a legal form of business, understanding every legal and tax implication. The reality is that you must rely on the advice of attorneys and accountants to help you make this decision. They can anticipate your concerns based on their experience and on information you provide. Still, the legal structure of the business is your decision to make and live with.

The six legal forms of doing business are:

  • Sole proprietorship
  • Partnership
  • Corporation
  • S corporation
  • Limited liability company (LLC)
  • Nonprofit


This article will delve deeper into the characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of each structure.


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