Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Video: 5 Ways to Get Enough Money to Fund Marketing

Marketing quote, "The aim of marketing"
One of the biggest issues that small businesses and start-ups face is obtaining the funds needed to create and share the messaging around the business. In other words, aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners like you need funds and/or resources to pay for marketing to let your customers know you exist and what you can do for them. However, finding those funds can be an ongoing battle, especially if your marketing is not effective, which means that you are spending large sums of money to bring in none or only a few customers.

Watch this video for a brief (67 second) overview of the importance of marketing effectively.

Want to know more regarding how to get funds for marketing? Click on the picture below or the title to claim your copy of "The 5 Ways to Get Enough Money to Market Your Business Effectively AND Meet Payroll".

5 Ways to Get Enough Money to Market, ebook download
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Funding a New Small Business: Video (Microsoft)

Microsoft's YouTube video on small business funding sources
Microsoft's Small Business Funding Video Capture
Here is a video that contains snippets of information and insights regarding various financing options you can utilize to fund your new small business or business start-up. Also covered: how to find the right funding that is appropriate for your small business. Microsoft produced this video.

In this three minute, 11 second (3:11) video, the speakers, Jeff and Rich Sloan, very briefly discuss bootstrapping, credit cards, home equity loans, and even a secret stash (for all of you who may have money hidden in the mattress or under a removable floor plank!). The speakers also mention debt financing, the use of friends and family as funding sources, angel investors, factoring, and venture capitalists as other small business funding sources.

Obviously, with three minutes, the speakers can only provide an overview. However, I think the overview is sufficient to get you thinking that there are options, even if most of the options they mention are not right for you... or are not right for you and your  business at this exact moment. That's what I'm here for! To get you to think creatively about the issues facing your business, including financing. When you open your mind and think creatively, appropriate solutions will ALWAYS present themselves.

Enjoy. Let me know in the comments if you've used one of the small business funding sources the speakers mention and how that source worked for you.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Small Business Forum - Atlanta, GA

Beneficial business training for small business owners.
Here is an email I received from Congressman John Lewis. I thought it important enough to pass on to all you current and aspiring business owners located in the metro Atlanta, Georgia, area. - TCW

I hope you can join my staff and our partners from the Small Business Administration next week for a discussion about small businesses in Metro Atlanta.  Come learn about opportunities for your business and meet other business owners in our area.
Congressman John Lewis'
Small Business Forum

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
11AM - 3PM
East Atlanta Branch Library
Meeting Room
400 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

Learn about:
– Utilizing resources to help grow
– Assessing the financial strength of your business
– Contracting with the government
– Exporting your goods and services
This is a brown bag lunch event.
Please click here to register.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Answers to Small Business Funding Questions: Blogtalk Radio Interview

Marnie & Friends web page
Here is a blogtalk radio interview on small business funding that originally aired live. Click here to listen:

Some of the small business funding-related questions answered during this interview include the following:
  • How can even consultants and solo entrepreneurs with no employees obtain funding? How do you approach this unique scenario.
  • How do you create the financial statements and supporting narrative documents needed to obtain financing?
  • What do you do if you do not have the time or interest (or skills) to personally obtain funding?
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