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How to Grow Your Business in a Downturn - Part 7

In our previous posts, we've talked about three tectonic shifts that define our current context; two insights based upon rigorous analysis of what happens before, during, and after a recession; the stresses in our current recession, the winning strategy; a strategic framework we •••

Raising Small Amounts of Capital

One of the most frequent questions we get at New Venture Lab is how to raise relatively small amounts of capital. The amount sought from NVL members usually ranges from $25k to $500k. Believe it or not, raising small amounts of capital is actually harder than raising large amounts of •••

How to Grow Your Business in a Downturn - Part 6

In our previous posts, we've talked about three tectonic shifts that define our current context, two insights based upon rigorous analysis of what happens before, during, and after a recession, the stresses in our current recession, the winning strategy, •••

How to Grow Your Business in a Downturn - Part 5

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at three tectonic shifts that define our current context, in Part 2 we looked at two insights based upon rigorous analysis of what happens before, during, and after a recession, Part 3 we looked at the stresses in our current recession •••

How to Grow Your Business in a Downturn - Part 4

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at three tectonic shifts that define our current context, in Part 2, we looked at two insights based upon rigorous analysis of what happens before, during, and after a recession, and in Part 3 we looked at the stresses in our current recession to get a •••

How to Grow Your Business in a Downturn - Part 3

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at three tectonic shifts that define our current context and in Part 2 of this series, we looked at two insights based upon rigorous analysis of what happens before, during, and after a recession. In this post, we will look at the •••

How to Grow Your Business in a Downturn - Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at three tectonic shifts that define our current context. In this post, we will look at two insights based upon rigorous analysis of what happens before, during, and after a recession.Insight #1 – According to analysis by the Boston Consulting Group, •••

How to Grow Your Business in a Downturn - Part 1

In order for us to fully understand the state of the “new normal” for business and how that impacts how we can grow our companies in a downturn I’d like to start out this blog series by looking at the current context, then we will look at some stunning insights into what happens before, •••

More Feedback from the Entrepreneur's Conference at Raleigh Durham

From my inbox:"Christ was clearly evident at this conference. The speakers were transparent about their struggles, successes, and their efforts to apply their faith to their business. I found it encouraging to here from entrepreneurs who have sought to incorporate a witness for Christ into •••

Feedback from the Entrepreneur's Conference at Raleigh Durham

From my inbox:"I wanted to thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and insights during yesterday's Entrepreneur's Conference. I especiallyappreciate your use of case studies as learning opportunities. You gave me valuable take aways; some of which I have already been •••

I'm Not Convinced That Crowd Funding Works for Startups

The concept of crowd funding and Christian crowd funding in particular seems to be a hot topic right now as several NVL members have asked me about it recently. So here goes…I think crowd funding like Kickstarter works well for small projects where the “investors” get a CD, MP3, •••

Institutional Equity Financing

Equity Financing is usually invested based upon the future prospects of a company and the anticipation of a future exit event that will provide acceptable returns to the investment fund. At the Growth Stage, Equity Financing is typically in the form of growth-stage Venture Capital invested by •••

Stages of Growth and Capitalization

One of the most pressing concerns for entrepreneurs of early-stage and middle market companies is the question of the capital formation process and how to adequately finance their companies to support their growth plans. The types of financing available to entrepreneurs vary widely and are •••

Three Google Tools to Check Before Starting a Business

A very good article of how to quickly target your market and message:I don’t take time for a SWOT analysis and fifty page marketing plans. I don’t hire marketing MBA’s who learned about advertising and tested focus groups in college. Why do that when there are tools that can tell you •••

Uncertain Times for Sure...

Very well written and sobering..."We have entered a prolonged period of unprecedented turbulence and uncertainty. It isn’t simply fallout from the great recession— which is only the most recent symptom of a broader, more fundamental shift in the environment. The forces that have been sweeping •••

Timeless Investment Wisdom

From the latest Adam Smith Advisors wealth management newsletter.  Great advice...These timeless bits of investment wisdom are as true today as they were 100 or 1,000 years ago, and we think they will still be true 100 years from now. We believe that people who follow these simple common •••

The Best Angel Investor

The best angel investor is one who…....knows the process well and has made enough angel investments to know what they are getting into…knows you well and is willing to write a check to invest in you and your business…knows your industry well and can create tremendous value with their •••

Put Yourself in Your Customers' Shoes

Great advice...If your company is looking to innovate, don’t waste time analyzing market research reports and delving into customer data. What customers say they will do is not necessarily what they end up doing. Instead, put yourself in your customers’ shoes. Observe them using products and •••

Upcoming Event: Doing Business in The New Normal

Please join us in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for this upcoming event co-sponsored by Crown Financial Ministries and Hope International.The presentations will be done in a TED Talks format.Doing Business in the New NormalMarch 29 - 30, 2012 The Ware Center42 N. Prince St. Lancaster, PA •••

Cloud Computing -- Opportunity or Liability?

From the Boston Consulting Group's latest "Perspectives"...The Conventional View: Cloud computing offers companies sizable potential advantages, chief among them being lower costs and greater flexibility. But the risks of “the cloud,” including the potential compromise of sensitive business •••

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