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Is Your Business Scalable? Why the Answer Matters to Potential Investors

Financing a small business initiative by offering investors a percentage of ownership equity in your business is called equity financing. When angel investors or an equity firm invest in a company, they don’t do it for a loan payment. They do it for a percentage of ownership, or equity. And, instead of periodic payments, the...
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This Angel Investor Shares Why You Need an Exit Strategy from the Start

For founders and entrepreneurs building up their business, the initial startup stage typically focuses on the product, technology or service offering. You’re energized by your idea and engrossed in building the best business concepts possible. While all of this is vital to your business and essential to the success of your company, it’s also critical...
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Sustainable Furniture Brand Floyd Raises $15 Million in Series B Funding

Based in Detroit, Floyd is a sustainable furniture startup founded by Alex O'Dell and Kyle Hoff. On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, the company announced it raised a $15 million Series B funding round. The round was led by Walden Ventures with participation from Beringea, La-Z-Boy, 14w and JPMorgan Chase. This brings Floyd's total funding to $25...
2021 Midwest Venture Showcase
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2021 Midwest Venture Showcase to Feature 57 Companies Actively Seeking Funding

The 2021 Midwest Venture Showcase, a partnership between the Midwest Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS) and InvestMidwest, will showcase 57 companies actively seeking funding to an audience of top-tier investors, entrepreneurs, researchers and business executives at the virtual event on April 27 to 28, 2021. The Midwest companies in the Showcase span the life sciences, medical...
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Embrace Your Bold Ideas: 3 Tips for Securing Investment During the Pandemic

Entrepreneurs are still the future of the economy. Entrepreneurs push innovation forward and find ways to solve the unique problems presented by COVID-19. Encouraging entrepreneurship requires investment capital and acquiring capital means investors must be willing to find opportunities during these uncertain times. Recent history shows it’s possible for investors to find great investments during...
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How to Turn $100 Into $1 Million According to 8 Self-Made Millionaires

Most of us can find ways to save $100. But how do we use that money to boost our finances? We asked eight successful investors, self-made millionaires and advisors at The Oracles to share their ideas on how to turn $100 into $1 million. Invest in something you love “It’s difficult to acquire wealth. You either have to save diligently, make...
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4 Self-Made Millionaires Reveal the Best Investments They Ever Made

From bitcoin to bonds, there are so many investment options today it’s hard to choose. We asked these millionaires and advisors in The Oracles about the best investments they ever made — and their predictions for the future. I worked for companies that gave me equity “Work for companies that give you equity, like I did at...
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4 Options for Funding Your Startup Without Losing Your Sanity

Most startup founders know that a great idea alone is worth nothing. Executing a great idea (and making it better) is the real job of an entrepreneur. It isn’t always pretty, as building a business takes long hours, late nights, elbow grease, and, of course, capital. Obtaining the cash flow needed to start and grow...
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Entrepreneurship is About the Journey, Not Just the Destination

The following is excerpted from "The Entrepreneur's Framework: How Businesses Are Adapting in the New Economy," available at select bookstores and on Amazon, in paperback and for the Kindle. All proceeds from book sales are being donated to the Big Brothers Big Sisters in Philadelphia, PA. Without a doubt, fear keeps the wantrepreneur from finding out...
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Why Content Marketing is a Smart Investment

If there’s one thing that I find myself saying over and over again, it’s this: "Content marketing is not a path to overnight success." Obviously, I believe in the power of content marketing to help build companies. I know, first hand, that it’s an incredibly effective strategy for building your audience, growing traffic, and generating sales,...
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What to Consider When Choosing an Accelerator for Your Startup

If you’re a startup founder, everyone is likely telling you how much your business would benefit if you participate in an accelerator. In startup communities, stories about businesses that skyrocketed to success after getting involved with the right accelerator are traded more frequently than potty training tips between parents waiting to pick their kids up...
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Media Today: A Never Ending, Ever Changing Las Vegas Buffet

Ever been to Las Vegas' renown buffets?  The piles of crab legs, the omelette station that can make you a 6-lb. omelette, endless waffles, the potential for at-your-table flambés?  That my friends is a great analogy of today's media landscape. I come from "traditional"/linear media: television.  One in which most programs are paid for by a...
Startup Funding
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Startup Funding: Which is the Right Option for you?

Which startup funding option will you choose? Raising funding for a startup company is a tricky task for any entrepreneur. While many entrepreneurs have unrealistic expectations about the funding types that are within reach to them, others struggle to build businesses that are worthy of receiving major startup funding. This infographic explains each of the...
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Angel Investors 101

Finding funding for a business is a process that involves presenting your ideas to potential sources of funding, introducing your potential, and asking them to help you realize your dream. In return, however, your investors will likely hope to either take the reigns, make back their investments and then some, and also wash their hands...
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Idealistic Naivete

Every now and then, I speak to an aspiring entrepreneur who is amazed by the daring feats of business-building we all read about here on StartupNation, in magazines such as Inc., and anywhere else a business is being built. They perceive a huge chasm between where they are and where we entrepreneurs sit. This couldn't...