raising capital

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As access to credit gets tighter in the “new economy,” many business owners may look to friends and family to help them get through the lean times. Friends and family are a tried-and-true source of funds. That said, business deals with friends and family can be enormously counterintuitive. Because you’re dealing with your college roommate […]


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It’s only Jan. 2 (there was no WAY I was going to touch the computer yesterday), and already I’ve encountered a prime example of plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, or, for those of you Yogi Berra fans, it’s déjà vu all over again.In short, same s**t, different year. My New Year’s wish […]

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They say that “fools rush in where angels fear to tread,” and the same applies to raising capital for your business from friends and family. The personal relationship should act as an extra warning flag to you that such transactions should not be treated lightly or casually. When times are hard and other sources of […]


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Let’s face it. Not all of us are independently wealthy. Sometimes we need financing from others to help convert our dreams into tangible reality. But is it legal to give someone a “piece of the action” for finding a source of capital? The answer, writes my colleague, Steve Furnari, Esq., is an unequivocal “no.” Read […]


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Don’t get sloppy: Handle transactions properly to preserve your personal ties. You’re ready to launch your new business. Your credit cards are tapped out, you rent your apartment (making you ineligible for a home equity line of credit), your personal credit’s less than stellar and your bank is not interested in lending you money for […]


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Don’€™t ask me where the past week has flown. It’€™s been a flurry of activity . . . and a flurry of comments on my post Why Women Entrepreneurs Don’€™t Get the Financing They Need. Seems it struck a bit of a nerve on all sides with some proponents in the “small-is-smart-not-weak” camp (and yes, I agree, […]