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venture capital
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Startups and Venture Capital: What Do They Spend Their First Round On?

There are more startups than ever before post-pandemic. As the e-commerce industry continues to boom and work from home remains a trend amongst the corporate sector, more entrepreneurs are using their funds to create new digital startups in a number of niches. However, from staffing to manufacturing, starting a business does not come without its...
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What is Cryptocurrency and Should Your Business Use It?

Cryptocurrency, also known as crypto, is a type of anonymous digital or virtual currency that, unlike other forms of currency, is not backed by any central authority or government. While the currency is not backed by a traditional source, like the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or FDIC, crypto is secure thanks to blockchain, an ongoing,...
pitch deck
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The Ideal Pitch Deck is a Story, a Science, and an Art

In the startup world, it's pitch decks, not business plans that get companies funded. A deck is often the first impression an investor will get at the company, so it needs to look stunning. Making a pitch deck is an art, a science, but most importantly, a story. The deck should achieve three things: It...
wjr business beat
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WJR Business Beat: New Grant Opportunity for Small Businesses (Episode 323)

On today's Business Beat, Jeff discusses a new grant program designed to provide support for underrepresented small business owners. If you quality, apply now! Tune in to the Business Beat, below, to learn more about the $1.65M initiative from American Express and Main Street America:   Tune in to News/Talk 760 AM WJR weekday mornings...
negotiation techniques
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10 Negotiation Techniques to Make You a Better Entrepreneur

Startup entrepreneurs are not always the best negotiators. They step into the shoes of a business owner for the first time and find (to their surprise) that nearly everything involves negotiation of some kind, and they may not always have those negotiation techniques down. Starting a business requires, quite literally, hundreds of negotiations. Some are...
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Financing Made Simple: The Truth About Small Business Financing

How many times have you heard that it’s hard to get funding? It’s a common refrain and every entrepreneur has wondered how to better raise capital. The truth is that it’s not nearly as hard as you think. Here are some common myths about funding a business and how they don’t hold up in real...
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The 3 Best Financing Options When Buying a Franchise

Across the U.S., franchise businesses produce $760 billion of revenue and employ over 8 million people per year. Those are the kind of numbers that might inspire you to open a franchise business of your own.  However, when you zoom in on how much it takes to finance opening a franchise, you might feel less...
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4 Crucial Steps to Take When Evaluating a Financing Offer

Does financing your business seem overwhelming? Understandable, since there is a plethora of products to choose from. And business lending practices are not as transparent as what you may be accustomed to with your personal finances. But positive change is happening in small business lending. The Responsible Business Lending Coalition (RBLC) is a network of...
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The Pros and Cons of Small Business Loans

Most growing businesses will need to borrow money at one point or another. Whilst taking on debt is inherently risky, it is often vital to power business success, fund a major marketing campaign or simply deal with an unexpected cash flow crisis. So what are the pros and cons of taking out business loans? The...
Cash flow
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6 Ways to Improve the Cash Flow of Your Business

Unfortunately, most startups experience cash flow problems at one time or another. In some of these cases, cash flow problems could have been prevented if the business owner had taken some steps ahead of time. Below, find six ways that you can improve your cash flow and prevent future problems. Invoice properly and use an acceptance...
Tax season
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Take the Stress Out of Getting Your Startup Ready for Tax Season

As a small business owner, you probably don’t get excited about tax season. At best, prepping your taxes feels like a hassle, the least fun of all your business activities. At worst, it has you pulling your hair out in a state of distress and confusion. Tax season doesn’t have to be painful. With the...
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5 Ways Fintech Helps Support Startups

Fintech is simply a term that refers to advances in financial technology. This technology helps with banking, lending, payments and much more. Fintech is meant to make financial services more efficient, and it also makes them much more useful and more accessible to startups. 5 ways fintech benefits small businesses Consider some of the ways this...
March tax dates
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4 March Tax Dates Small Businesses Need to Know About

It’s officially March, which means that it’s time for part three of our important tax dates for small business series! After covering tax dates that matter in January and February, we ended on a cliffhanger teasing a mention of what was to come for March tax dates, including defining the difference between Form 1065 and...
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How the World of Fintech is Changing Finance for Entrepreneurs

Part of my job as a millennial money expert is to stay up to date on all the changes going on in the world of finance. One of the areas in which I’ve seen some radical change is in the world of Fintech. In a relatively short amount of time, Fintech has managed to revolutionize...
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How to Make Profit Serve a Purpose With Your Startup

There's no time like the present to start something that benefits the world, one so indispensable it can’t help but make a profit. That’s how the best startups operate, and this is your moment to make it happen. Questions to consider The UAB Collat School of Business offers some key questions to consider if you want...
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Financing: 4 Business Trends to Look for in 2017

If you have plans to launch a business of any size this year, one of the most important decisions you'll need to make is how you'll be financing your business. In 2016, we saw the rise of crowdfunding and other online lending options — business financing trends that we anticipate will continue into the next year....
financial mistakes
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The Biggest Financial Mistakes Startups and Entrepreneurs Make

It’s pretty commonplace for startups to make money mistakes. In fact, it would be rare if you didn’t make at least one mistake regarding your finances as an entrepreneur. The Wall Street Journal explains that “there is no surefire playbook” when it comes to winning with a startup. If you do enough research and have...
February tax dates
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February Tax Dates Small Businesses Need to Know About

Last month, I shared a list of January tax dates that should be on the radar of small businesses. This month, we’re taking a look at February tax deadlines, and you’ll notice it is a pretty light month all around. There are only a few significant days that businesses need to be aware of. We’ve...
Trump tax plan
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What Does Trump Tax Plan Mean for Entrepreneurs?

The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, takes office today, and the U.S. will be undergoing a proposed new tax plan that comes with many changes to the landscape of tax codes. So what exactly does this Trump tax plan mean for entrepreneurs? According to the accounting firm UHY, President Trump's tax plan looks to...
Social finance loans
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Social Finance and Retirement Account Loans

The world of finance for entrepreneurs and startups has gradually been changing since the last recession with alternative lending platforms and programs that illustrate the potential beyond the traditional funding sources. Now that new government regulations are recognizing the economic benefits that the startup boom is bringing, there is more space for new ways to get...