Funding a Business

The truth behind small business grants

Grants to for-profit businesses are virtually nonexistent. Don’t believe promoters who advertise that they will charge you a fee for a list of grants on the books. Grants are generally for nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation. They are virtually not available in the for-profit sector unless there’s some esoteric local program in your own...

By Milton Zlotnick |

Big Dreams, but No Money to Fund Your Business?

There are many would-be entrepreneurs out there with great ideas but no money to invest in their venture. In the last 14 years I have had so many people say there are grants out there to help finance a business. And I have so many more ask me where that grant-financing money is at. In...

By Bailey Koharchick |

No Money? No Problem!

Is it possible to start a business without money or collateral? Anything is possible and most companies were started from someone’s ideas written down on paper and financed by those who saw merit in the plan. Still, realism is important. This depends a lot on the specifics of the business. Some businesses are relatively easy...

By Tim Berry |

10 Critical Cash Flow Rules (Part 2)

(This is cross posted from my column on Entrepreneur.Com) Cash flow problems can kill businesses that might otherwise survive. According to a U.S. Bank study, 82 percent of business failures are due to poor cash management. To prevent this from happening to your business, here are my 10 cash flow rules to remember. Profits aren’t...

By Tim Berry |

10 Rules for Valuation

I really don’t like the word “valuation”; it sounds too much like an MBA buzzword. But I like even less the general confusion about the concept. We talk about starting businesses, we talk about running businesses, getting investment, getting financed, and we should take discussion of valuation for granted. Valuation is at the same time...

By Tim Berry |

Does Your Experience Count as Investment?

Over the weekend I got an e-mail question that I’m going to answer here on the blog. I decided to answer it here because it’s the kind of thing a lot of people ask. It’s related to a common misunderstanding about intangible value and business investment: Question: How do I determine my experience as a...

By Tim Berry |

Ask a VC

I’ve just added AskTheVC to my blogroll. It’s full of thoughtful answers to serious questions asked by entrepreneurs about details related to getting financed by a venture capitalist. If you are one of the Ready to Fly startups looking at VC deals, it’s a great resource. Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson have real VC experience...

By Tim Berry |

How Getting Funded is Like Dating

Ouch! Move to the Valley? I doubt it, and I voted with my feet over a decade ago when I moved Palo Alto Software to Eugene, OR. But Rob May’s insight on how getting funded is like dating is right on target. From The Irony of Raising Money for a Startup: Raising money is really...

By Tim Berry |

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