Archive for the 'Funding Sources' Category

Capital Sources for Startup Entrepreneurs

February 27 2011 2 Commented

The Flathead Beacon recently published my column on funding sources for startup entrepreneurs.

Debt or Equity: Does It Make Any Difference?

January 28 2011 No Commented

When entrepreneurs raise money to start and grow their businesses, this capital generally comes in three flavors: Grants, Debt and Equity. It is important that entrepreneurs understand each, especially the cost of these capital source alternatives.  Read today’s column in the Flathead Beacon here.

STARTUP – by Elizabeth Edwards

January 23 2011 No Commented

I received an email solicitation encouraging me to purchase a new book on starting companies by Elizabeth Edwards about two weeks ago.  Now…without explaining further, you can guess what I do with such solicitation.  That’s right…delete!  But, for some reason, I read the email and promptly both bought and read the book.  Am I glad […]

The Funding Gap

January 20 2011 2 Commented

Startup entrepreneurs need to be aware of The Funding Gap between angel investors and venture capitalists.  It is quite well-known that startup entrepreneurs first use their own capital and then seek funds from friends and family in the process of productizing their innovation.  Only when customers have been identified who have at least beta tested […]

Who Are These Angel Investors

November 20 2010 No Commented

The following article appeared in the March 2010 issue of the Flathead Business Journal, but is no longer available online. For several months, we have been discussing sources of startup capital for businesses.  Entrepreneurs first use their own cash and resources as they germinate the idea of the business.  As the venture idea germinates and […]

Funding Your Startup with SBIR Grants

November 20 2010 2 Commented

The following article appeared in the February 2010 issue of the Flathead Business Journal, but is no longer available online. Federal grant money is free!  No need for entrepreneurs to pay these monies back to a lender or give up ownership, as in an equity investment.  Who doesn’t like free?  Well…I do exaggerate.  All grants […]

Friends and Family: A Huge Source of Capital for US Startups

November 20 2010 5 Commented

The following article appeared in the December 2009 issue of the Flathead Business Journal, but is no longer available online. Using cash from friends and family to start businesses is a quite common practice.  It is estimated that roughly half of startup entrepreneurs get financial support from friends and family members in starting their companies.  […]

Bootstrapping Your Startup Business

November 20 2010 11 Commented

The following article appeared in the November 2009 issue of the Flathead Business Journal, but is no longer available online. Don’t raise money from outside sources for your startup venture unless you absolutely must!  Raising money takes lots of time.  Use your time to get your company up and running.  And, by avoiding raising money, […]