Do you qualify for these 4 federal small business grants? [0.03]

Posted on Aug. 16, 2017, 1:30 p.m. by Garage @ [source]

Over the last few months, we’ve taken a closer look at questions to ask when searching for small business startup grants, and examined funding options that specifically assist minority-owned small businesses. There is also a pre-application coordination required with this program, so be sure to contact the SBA with any questions.

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As we have recently celebrated the fourth anniversary of the signing of the JOBS Act into law, it is a good time to take stock of the effect that the legislature had on equity crowdfunding in the United States. I recently completed several research projects focusing on leading Title II equity crowdfunding platforms and I will share a few emergent insights here.

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The specter of the Model 3 without tax credits looms as Tesla talks about "compelling" value sans incentives and Tesla salespeople reportedly warn customers.

The Model 3, sans rebates: The Tesla Model 3 has been designed to be affordable without federal and state tax credits, the EV maker said in its most recent investor newsletter.

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Microsoft is seeking feedback for a beta version of what comes next.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) has unveiled a new beta version of, complete with a fresh new design and intelligent features.

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4 Reasons You Might Not Want to Be VC Funded [0.20]

Posted on Aug. 1, 2017, 11:30 a.m. by Bplans Articles @ [source]

While there’s a certain cachet that comes with being able to say you raised a round of funding for your startup, realize that it’s a lot of hard work to actually secure venture capital (VC) funding, and there are reasons you might not want to.

Venture capital, while it provides an opportunity to significantly boost your bank account and invest in things that will grow your company rapidly, comes with certain caveats that you need to be aware of.

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Seed funding slows in Silicon Valley [0.50]

Posted on Aug. 1, 2017, 10:22 a.m. by Reuters Video: Small Business @ [source]

The bloom is off seed funding, the business of providing money to brand-new startups, as investors take a more measured approach to financing emerging U.S. technology companies.

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There are a great many groups trying to boost the impact investing world, from those creating standard ways to measure social outcomes to venture capital firms.

It’s an important move for social entrepreneurs, many of whom bemoan a lack of funding.

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Seeking minority small business grants for your startup? Studies have shown that one in four businesses struggle to grow their companies due to a lack of funding, and minority-owned startups tend to feel this pinch the most.

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Are you thinking of launching your business this year?

The bottom line: The climate looks pretty good for people thinking of starting tech businesses that will vie for VC funding, but a trend toward lower dollar deals suggests that founders might do well to consider a variety of funding sources.

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As a startup, landing funding is one of the most difficult things to do, but it’s also one of the most important. And whether you’re in the early stages of your startup or well into business, there are certain trends you should know about in order to maximize the funding you receive.

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Because of its popularity, the term “bootstrapping” has become a buzzword, but as a startup philosophy, bootstrapping is remarkably efficient. Bootstrapping refers to the process of starting a business or organization with minimal external help or resources; if you make a profit, you’ll funnel most or all of that money back into the business to help it grow even faster.

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Andrew Yakub may be onto something.

Yakub, 30, is the CEO and founder of Rayton Solar.

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Startup investments are on the rise in Latin America, and there’s now more capital available than ever before. For most Latin American startups outside of these two countries, raising funds from VCs or angel investors has rarely been an option.

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5 Ways to Bounce Back from a Failure [0.06]

Posted on July 14, 2017, 1:36 p.m. by @ [source]

Not every venture is destined for success—and that’s not a bad thing. It helps keep everyone engaged and active in moving the business forward.

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When you need funding for your company, government grants for small business sound like a dream come true. They deliver funding that doesn’t have to be paid back (although you do need to comply with all the terms and conditions of the grant) and can help you cover costs as you grow.

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Sports tech company Hudl has announced that it has secured $30 million in funding through a round led by existing investors including Accel, Jeff and Tricia Raikes, and Nelnet. In a news release, Hudl said the investment signals continuing confidence in the company and its mission to capture and bring value to every moment in sports.

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Focus On Your Business, Not On Venture Capital [0.14]

Posted on July 2, 2017, 9:36 a.m. by Forbes Real Time @ [source]

The pot of gold that may or may not be at the end of the venture capital rainbow can be tempting to entrepreneurs, but most business owners are better off pursuing homegrown capital.

Hamilton acknowledges that entrepreneurs may be drawn to the prospect of accessing venture capital, especially when they hear about unicorn companies and VC firms raising a decade-high $41.6 billion in 2017.

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When raising equity investment, the mindset of an entrepreneur should be focused on maximising her chances of success after the funding round, not maximising the valuation at this funding round. However, there is so much more to a funding round than just selling to the highest bidder, particularly from the perspective of the entrepreneurs behind the business raising equity finance.

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In the ongoing race for driverless car technology leadership, startup has raised $50 million in new funding that will help it expand operations and R&D.

Additionally, Andrew Ng, a professor of computer science at Stanford who has overseen artificial intelligence projects at Baidu and Google, is joining’s board, along with Carmen Chang, who leads New Enterprise’s Asian unit.

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Various social and economic benefits are the main reasons why non-for-profits should be your next business choice.

Once you have the money, start promoting your charity via social media and other.

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