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 [...]

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 [...]

16 08-2013

Access to Capital Atlanta – A Huge Success!

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:21+00:00 August 16th, 2013|

We are happy to wrap up another successful stop on the Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet tour. Access to Capital was in Atlanta on August 14 with over 40 representatives from lending institutions of all types and sizes, 4 outstanding panels of expert business owners and lenders, as well as a community resource center [...]

9 08-2013

Access to Capital Atlanta is on August 14

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:21+00:00 August 9th, 2013|

It’s that time again, the Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet tour will be in Atlanta next Wednesday, August 14th. Access to Capital Atlanta will boast a diverse line up of experts participating in four different panels and spotlight presentations, more than 40 representatives from traditional and alternative lenders, and a Community and Business Resource [...]

16 05-2013

Merchant Cash Advances Can Help Small Business Get Funds

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:22+00:00 May 16th, 2013|

It is often reported that small business is the engine that drives our economy. If that’s the case, the economy is clearly not firing on all cylinders. Small business growth, creation and ownership have been a part of the American Dream since our nation’s founding, but unfortunately the health of small businesses have not kept [...]

13 05-2013

“Where do I find a grant to start my woman owned business?”

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:22+00:00 May 13th, 2013|

All too often at the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) we hear the question, “Where are the grants for women to start their businesses?” The answer: There are none.  No really, there are none.  If you find a grant for women starting a business, please post the information in the comments below, because in the [...]

24 07-2012

Can You Get by with Bootstrapping?

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:26+00:00 July 24th, 2012|

What is one important thing a business needs to survive?  The answer is obvious...money.  If you are like other entrepreneurs, you have thought about how to obtain these funds.  There are banks, angel investors, credit unions, and the SBA.  But before you go asking for funding, ask yourself, do I really need to get outside funding?  Can I make [...]

16 07-2012

Interview: Nellie Akalp “Enterpriser”

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:26+00:00 July 16th, 2012|

We recently sought out CorpNet.com CEO, Nellie Akalp to help us gain some clarity surrounding  the importance of building, monitoring, and maintaining business credit. Nellie is no stranger to helping entrepreneurs as CorpNet.com is an online legal document filing service, assisting entrepreneurs Incorporate or Form an LLC. We'd like to extend Nellie's helping hand... You’ve said in the recent past, “Most [...]

6 04-2012

Understanding The Basics of The JOBS Act

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:31+00:00 April 6th, 2012|

Yesterday, President Obama signed the JOBS ACT (Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act) into law.  According to President Obama at the signing, "New businesses account for almost every new job created in America.  That's why I pushed for this bill." Ever since this bill was introduced, there have been opinions flying every which way.  Since most [...]

5 04-2012

Crowdfunding in the JOBS Act: Should you be skeptical?

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:31+00:00 April 5th, 2012|

If you’ve waded through all of the press coverage that The JOBS Act is getting, you have more than likely been reading about The Crowdfunding part of the act.   Crowdfunding is a fairly new way of raising money and was initially used to raise money for non-profits, projects in the arts, independent films and the [...]