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Ins and Outs of Venture Capital
written on November 05, 2007 by Marsha Powers
Access to Capital

With the push underway to create new industries in Ohio, the bar has been lowered for smaller businesses and eager entrepreneurs with a great innovative idea to get into the venture capital game. Historically this more sophisticated form of financing was primarily reserved for companies with sales generally from $25 million and up looking for $10 million of new private equity and up.

 

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Port Authority Reaches Out to Fund Smaller Projects
written on November 05, 2007 by Marsha Powers
Access to Capital

You're in the market to finance construction, land and building acquisition, facility improvements or maybe major capital equipment. You'd like to look at funding sources other than just your bank. Consider talking with the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority's Development Finance Group. The Development Finance Group, is an independent lender, with some very attractive rates and terms, for not only just the big box deals, but also for small businesses seeking financing of $1 million or more for fixed assets for their business.

 

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Passport to Export Financing
written on November 05, 2007 by Marsha Powers
Access to Capital

Small businesses interested in opening or further developing new markets overseas for their products and services, while reducing their risk, have many options available.

 

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Negotiate Better Deals Before You Need Money
written on November 05, 2007 by Marsha Powers
Access to Capital

It is vital that your business is able to access capital funding whenever it needs it. If you have a good track record and have been paying your loans back on time, but now find yourself jumping through hoops for your lender, it may be time to start shopping around - before you really need the money. There is a lot of truth in the old saying that a bank only lends money when you don't need it. The good news is that there are a lot of banks competing for your business. Many businesses today now work with more than one bank - just to keep a level playing field.

 

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Prepare Loan Requests Like the Pros to Access More Capital
written on November 05, 2007 by Marsha Powers
Access to Capital

The best approach to take advantage of the available funds if you are requesting a significant increase in credit is to prepare a complete loan package, prior to meeting with a lender and submitting your credit request. Consult with your financial advisors and take control of the credit process by understanding what is required prior to meeting with a lender. This pro-active strategy helps to clarify real cash needs and makes your loan request stronger. You look smarter while helping the lender to make a decision faster.

 

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Know the Signs of Lender Fatigue
written on November 05, 2007 by Marsha Powers
Access to Capital

Annually many banks assess how profitable their individual client relationships are to the bank, their shareholders and their ratings on Wall Street. In many cases, these audit reviews are conducted by your relationship manager when your company's line of credit is up for renewal or when there is an increase in the activity in your company's financing needs, like increasing or terming out debt. Other instances occur when the bank's credit portfolio audit monitoring team reviews the portfolio's performance in order to make corrections and match up the portfolio with updated bank corporate goals and objectives.

 

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DeMystifing National Institutes Of Health Small Biz Grants
written on November 05, 2007 by Marsha Powers
Access to Capital

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, managed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are federal financial grants targeted for small business. NIH's mission is to improve human health through biomedical and behavioral research, research training and communications. In 2006, the NIH reserved $640 million (SBIR/$571 million and STTR/$69 million) for Biomedical/Behavioral research and funding. The grants are available in a cross section of participating agencies in which a small business can partner with.

 

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Overview Fair Labor Standards Act Wage and Hour Issues
written on November 05, 2007 by Liz Crosby
Liabilities Within the WorkForce

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Privacy Considerations in the Workplace
written on November 05, 2007 by Liz Crosby
Liabilities Within the WorkForce

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Danger is Lurking
written on November 02, 2007 by Steve Krisfalusy
Business Technology

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Technology Strategy Part Three Lets make it easy
written on October 24, 2007 by Steve Krisfalusy
Business Technology

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Using the Web as a Marketing Tool
written on October 19, 2007 by Rich Dusky
Marketing Plans

Nothing has impacted society and our behavior as rapidly as the internet has! It has changed the entire marketing communications dynamic, and has become an invaluable tool for small and large businesses.

 

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Technology Strategy Part 2 Incorporate CRM methods
written on October 12, 2007 by Steve Krisfalusy
Business Technology

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Technology Strategy vs IT Strategy Part One
written on October 08, 2007 by Steve Krisfalusy
Business Technology

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IT disruptions can cost 16 of revenue
written on October 08, 2007 by Steve Krisfalusy
Business Technology

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Big Box style ecommerce by Mike Berlin Managing Member Briteskies
written on October 08, 2007 by Brad Nellis
NEOSA- The COSE Technology Network

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Clevelands Next Generation of Innovators theyre here by Phil Alexander CEO BrandMuscle
written on October 08, 2007 by Brad Nellis
NEOSA- The COSE Technology Network

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Selling to the CIO without being DOA
written on October 08, 2007 by Brad Nellis
NEOSA- The COSE Technology Network

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Local Search by Anita Campbell
written on October 08, 2007 by Brad Nellis
NEOSA- The COSE Technology Network

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Getting People on the Bus by AJ Hyland CEO Hyland Software
written on October 05, 2007 by Brad Nellis
NEOSA- The COSE Technology Network

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An Effective Marketing Plan It Takes More Than One Ingredient
written on October 05, 2007 by Rich Dusky
Marketing Plans

In our marketing plan workshops, we often find business owners or marketing managers who are not sure if they need a marketing plan or they are intimidated by the process and are looking for help.

 

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The Not So Predictable Cost of Workers Compensation
written on October 04, 2007 by Liz Crosby
Liabilities Within the WorkForce

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Independent Contractors vs Employees
written on October 04, 2007 by Liz Crosby
Liabilities Within the WorkForce

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If you want to improve your marketing results plan on it
written on October 04, 2007 by Rich Dusky
Marketing Plans

Whether you're a small business owner or a marketing manager for a larger company, we've all made the same mistakes. You know the scenario all too well.

 

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Six Disciplines for Leaders
written on October 04, 2007 by Nicole Stika
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