Investor SCAM Alert!

It’s hard enough to find financing for your business let alone worry about being ripped off along the way by scammers preying on your desperation for funding. Here’s a good one that recently came my way… “We are most interested in business opportunities that require equity investment, debt investment and venture capital for start-up or…

Get a Life!

Excerpted from the book on mindful business management, Business Black Belt. “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” ~ Cyril Northcote Parkinson When you proactively fill your time, you can prevent BS from filling it for you. A friend of mine was complaining that many otherwise great projects were going undone…

What Are You Going to Do Next?

Excerpted from the book on mindful business management, Business Black Belt. “You know exactly what to do. You just don’t do it fast enough.” ~ Robert Petersen, CFI, Flight Instructor You really do know what to do… One afternoon I was flying my airplane home with my instructor. As we flew into the San Francisco Bay…

Do I Need a Business Plan to Raise Money?

In my experience raising capital, investors can’t seem to get enough information. Think about it. Before they’ll write a check, investors ask all kinds of questions and you need to have answers. Why do you think only 3-5% of startups get funded?!? You might as well do the homework ahead of time, do some of…

Finding the Right Investor

Excerpted from the book on mindful business management, Business Black Belt. “It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever, the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it.” ~ Football Coach, Vince Lombardi I’ve written much on business plans, business planning, business plan software (of course),…