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From Our Founder: New Legislation Makes Equity Crowdfunding the Go-To Source for Startup Funding

Venture capital funding, while essential to the startup growth ecosystem, is a funding source that makes its way into only a small percentage of companies seeking critical startup and growth funding. The companies that get venture capital fill a narrow band that meet certain strict criteria, leaving many other highly meritorious and worthy companies out in the cold. Venture capital funds are managed by fund managers entrusted to ensure...

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Get Startup Funding Fast! Applications Open for Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies

The Graziadio Business School of Pepperdine University has opened entries to its fourth annual competition, Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies, to identify America’s Most Fundable Companies. All U.S.-based startups with less than $10 million in revenue are invited to participate. Participants in the Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies competition receive a comprehensive feedback report free of charge indicating their attractiveness to...

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5 Profitable Side Hustle Ideas You Can Start Today

Are you looking for a way to bring in extra income with a side hustle? If so, you’re in luck. There are countless opportunities for those who are ambitious enough to take on one or more gig roles. The thing is, the sheer number of possibilities can make it hard to determine which side hustle is right for you. Today, our goal is to show you several side hustles that are easy to start and maintain, even if you’re working full time....

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3 Fintech Founders Share How They Are Closing the Racial and Gender Wealth Gaps

The racial and gender wealth gaps remain a major source of inequity in the United States. Three entrepreneurs in the finance technology space are choosing different paths to solve these issues by using digital tools and data to improve financial inclusivity. Learn how each are creatively fighting to close gaps from helping underrepresented job candidates navigate salary negotiations with data, to democratizing the traditional world of...

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Impostor Syndrome: How to Recognize the Voice of the Impostor (and What to Do About It)

Have you ever felt like you didn’t really measure up to the assumptions that others have made about you? Do you wonder if your success may be the result of luck and timing, rather than your intelligence or hard work? Have you ever worried that at some point, everyone is going to figure out that you’re just making it up as you go, and figuring it out on-the-fly? If so, you may have had a run-in with the impostor, that inner critic...

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6 Things to Do After Receiving Your PPP Loan

You’ve gotten your PPP loan, spent it properly and hopefully qualify for full forgiveness. Congratulations! What’s next? StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more here Here are six steps you can take now, after receiving and spending your PPP loan, to help ensure your business continues on the road to recovery: Get a grip on your bookkeeping If applying for PPP funding was...

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15 Grant Programs for Minority and Women Business Owners

Grant programs offering free money are hard to come by, which is why many entrepreneurs frequently end up applying for small business loans or try crowdfunding to start or expand their companies. However, many organizations have recently created grants in an effort to assist companies that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. Some of the grants are earmarked for businesses in certain industries, others for entrepreneurs in...

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PetPlate Founder Discusses Navigating the Messy Middle in Business

Building and scaling a business isn’t easy, and reality quickly settles in after the initial excitement of launching your product or new business venture. Navigating this next phase of the entrepreneurial journey is difficult and creates more questions than answers. I believe author Scott Belsky summarized it best by calling this part of the journey the “messy middle.” Belsky accurately describes the messy middle as the hardest...

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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Coffee Consumption is Booming During the Pandemic (Episode 204)

The pandemic has changed consumer habits in a number of ways, including what we drink and even how much. According to the Spring 2021 National Coffee Data Trends (NCDT) survey conducted by Dig Research, COVID-19 drove record coffee consumption at home. Grab a hot cup of coffee and listen to this morning’s WJR Business Beat to learn more: Tune in to News/Talk 760 AM WJR weekday mornings at 7:11 a.m. for the WJR Business Beat....

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President Biden Signs PPP Extension Into Law, Application Deadline Now May 31

On Tuesday, President Biden signed a bill extending the the deadline to apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding from March 31, 2021 to May 31, 2021. The Paycheck Protection Program is an SBA-backed loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. “Nearly 90,000 business owners are still in line, and there’s money left. Without somebody signing this bill today, there are hundreds of...

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What is Product-Market Fit? How to Leverage Customer Development to Move Your Business Forward

So, you’ve got a startup idea. The first major challenge you’ll need to overcome is achieving product-market fit. So why do so many entrepreneurs leave this up to chance? Creating a product that solves a real problem starts even before you launch your business. This is the process of customer development; and too few entrepreneurs do the hard work to find out if their idea might work before they go out and build it. This article...

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4 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Business Structure

Structuring your business is one of the first—and most important—decisions you make in your entrepreneurial journey. Your business entity impacts everything from taxes to daily operations. But if you’re just starting out, you might not know what to look for in a business structure, and that’s OK. We have your cheat sheet right here.  StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more...