2 12-2013

Watch and Learn: View Panel and Spotlight Presentations from Access to Capital Seattle

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:17+00:00 December 2nd, 2013|

Access to Capital Seattle was a huge success. Our business funding panels were packed with invaluable information for small business owners that we hope will guide them through whatever stage of business they’re in—from startup to growth. Please check out these full version panel videos and share them with friends, colleagues, or anyone who could benefit from them. [...]

18 11-2013

Access to Capital Seattle Wrap-Up

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:18+00:00 November 18th, 2013|

Access to Capital Seattle was similar to our other events: hundreds of small business and startup owners attended, there were four informative panels of experts, and over forty representatives from local and national lenders. Though the décor and programming was the same as Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta, there was one welcome addition to our [...]

4 10-2013

SparkMarket’s Official Web Site & Campaign Launch

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:19+00:00 October 4th, 2013|

We’re gearing up for Access to Capital Seattle, our fourth stop on the Money to Mainstreet tour. This will be the last event of 2013, and it is exciting to reflect on the successful events under our belt. We were in Atlanta in August and were fortunate to have a very unique crowdfunding panel thanks [...]

27 09-2013

Investor Advertising is Fair Game Thanks to the JOBS Act

By | 2013-09-27T11:39:45+00:00 September 27th, 2013|

If you’re trying to access capital, you’re in luck because the process of attracting potential investors just got a lot easier. As of September 23, Title II of the JOBS Act lifted a ban on advertising to investors that has been in place since the Great Depression. This means that all methods of attracting investors [...]

26 09-2013

What is the D&B D-U-N-S® Number? Who uses it?

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:19+00:00 September 26th, 2013|

When signing up for the Access to Capital event in Seattle, businesses will be asked to register with their D&B D-U-N-S® Number.  If businesses are unsure if they have a D&B D-U-N-S Number, D&B can first check to see if one is on file.  The infographic below explains to attendees what their Number is and [...]

28 08-2013

Community Resources for Small Businesses

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:19+00:00 August 28th, 2013|

Accessing capital is only one step of business ownership. Running a business is a complicated process and can be particularly intimidating for first-time business owners and entrepreneurs. Luckily, community resources are readily available at free or low cost for business owners looking to start, grow or maintain their companies. Local Small Business Development Centers, Chambers [...]

26 08-2013

Startup? Where to Start

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:19+00:00 August 26th, 2013|

Have a great idea for a business but no idea where to begin? Fret not, because local resources for start-ups are abundant. Business schools, incubators, accelerator programs, and small business development centers are just some of the ways entrepreneurs can hone their concepts and start taking steps necessary to jumpstart their companies. Business Schools While [...]

22 08-2013

Your Money or Your Life!

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:20+00:00 August 22nd, 2013|

For those of you old enough to remember the great comedian Jack Benny, you may recall his long, drawn out pauses when being prompted with questions from bandits that often times concluded with a “Well…?!” from the bandit. Benny, a legendary cheapskate, quickly replies, “I’m thinking! I’m thinking!”  As business owners in search of capital, [...]

21 08-2013

How to Draft and Execute an Effective Business Plan

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:21+00:00 August 21st, 2013|

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Whether you are looking to improve your existing business or start a new venture all together, the question you should be asking yourself is, “what’s the plan?” Follow these steps to ensure a healthy and productive plan that is the best fit [...]

13 08-2013

Know The Condition Of Your Brand

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:21+00:00 August 13th, 2013|

It is mission-critical for you to know what message you are trying to send, what message your audience is receiving, and what steps you can take to maintain a positive reputation. Your reputation is like fine china – hard to make, easy to break and nearly impossible to repair. To be certain that the client [...]