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Funding Options

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by JV Miller of Product Wrangler

Critical to the success of any business, in particular start-ups, is funding. Funding comes from different sources and most sources come with stipulations. The intention here is not to discuss in detail the various funding sources or what is required but rather what is available for start ups to pursue.

Funding Sources:

  • Self-funding:  credit cards, savings, etc.
  • Friends & Family: Friends and family provide funds to support your business
  • Private Investors: People with money willing to invest ...
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What’s ahead in 2015

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What’s ahead in 2015

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by Carlotta Ungaro of the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce and Morrisville Innovation Foundation

Morrisville Start-up had a great 2014.  The quarterly networking sessions had attendance greater than our expectations.  The Start-up planning team did a great job with the blogs.  For 2015, our team is looking forward to building on the successes of 2014.2014-04-10 18.02.30Continue Reading →

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Peeling the Onion

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Peeling the Onion

blackstoneHow to get past the first layer with a venture capitalist
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by Robert J. Creeden of Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network
As a venture capitalist for 23 years, two common questions people would ask me are why it takes so long to make an investment decision and what was I reviewing for such an extended time period. These excellent questions posed by ...

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One Way To Build a Great Brand

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One Way To Build a Great Brand

By:  Jason Faber of M is GoodM logo

Brands are more than just the logo, name or slogan — it’s the entire experience others have with your product or service. From our experience in working with entrepreneurs, CEOs, and leaders on their marketing strategies, the most important element is the brand promise.

While there are many ways to build a great brand and a great experience, the brand promise is one you must ...

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Suburban Entrepreneur, You Are Not Alone in the Triangle

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Suburban Entrepreneur, You Are Not Alone in the Triangle

 by John Ramsey

The Triangle entrepreneurship scene is not solely the realm of urban start-ups run by Millennials in downtown Durham or Raleigh. Entrepreneurship is about building new ways to provide value to your customers and finding ways to provide that value at less cost. For those of you who are doing that from suburban areas of the Triangle, you are not alone.

Many still look to Silicon Valley or Boston for how we should shape entrepreneurship locally, but we should remember ...

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Avoiding Social Media Minefields, part 4

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Avoiding Social Media Minefields, part 4

by Rebecca Crandall, Attorney at Olive & Olive, P.A.image001

If you’re reading this blog, you already know about social media.  You probably already know about the major players (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) and might even participate in one or more of these venues personally and professionally.  If you participate professionally or are considering doing so, there are many things you should keep in mind.

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Avoiding Social Media Minefields – part 3

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Avoiding Social Media Minefields – part 3

by Rebecca Crandall, Attorney at Olive & Olive, P.A.image001

If you’re reading this blog, you already know about social media.  You probably already know about the major players (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) and might even participate in one or more of these venues personally and professionally.  If you participate professionally or are considering doing so, there are many things you should keep in mind.

This is the third post ...

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Avoiding Social Media Minefields – part 2

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Avoiding Social Media Minefields – part 2

by Rebecca Crandall, Attorney at Olive & Olive, P.A.image001

If you’re reading this blog, you already know about social media.  You probably already know about the major players (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) and might even participate in one or more of these venues personally and professionally.  If you participate professionally or are considering doing so, there are many things you should keep in mind.

This is the second post ...

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Avoiding Social Media Minefields part 1

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Avoiding Social Media Minefields part 1

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by: Rebecca Crandall, Attorney at Olive & Olive, P.A.

If you’re reading this blog, you already know about social media.  You probably already know about the major players (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) and might even participate in one or more of these venues personally and professionally.  If you participate professionally or are considering doing so, there are many things ...

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Social Media Marketing: A 2014 Reality Check

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Social Media Marketing: A 2014 Reality Check

Remember when we used to talk about every year from 2000 until just a few short years ago as “The Year of Mobile”?  Everyone had their reasons to believe that the world would suddenly be turned on its ear over the next 12 months as everyone (yes, every single person on the planet) would utilize mobile and become a better person.  Like most things where hype is king, the reality has been much less dramatic but that doesn’t minimize the ...

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