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Differentiate Your Startup in 10 Minutes by Addressing These 6 Areas in Your Presentation

Get ready for Venture Madness! Dave Bittner, CEO at Beanstalk CFO Group, gives startups advice for preparing a compelling pitch. After your Elevator Pitch, your presentation moves to critical detail.

5 Things Investors Need to Know in the First Moment You Meet Them

Get ready for presenting to investors. Get ready for Venture Madness. For this opportunity, the elevator pitch is a key to introducing your company and grabbing attention at the start.

New Dates! New Location! New Speakers! Get Ready for Venture Madness 2017!

Save the NEW dates & NEW location for Venture Madness 2017! Wow, 2016 was amazing! Thank you to everyone who applied, participated, attended and helped create our March 2016 Venture Madness Conference! Our 2017 event is poised to be better than ever! What’s new, you ask? A lot! Our dates have moved a week later than past […]

Embracing the Startup Journey

—Brandon Clarke of StartupAZ Foundation and CRADL I did stand-up comedy for eighteen years.  Ten of those years were spent learning, four years were spent refining, and four were spent in wild success.  ~ Steve Martin, Born Standing Up Where are you in your journey? I started my first company with no preconceived notion of being an […]

Investors want to be Sold! So Sell Them!

Four Key Considerations for Your Investor Pitch — Michael Toney, Founder – Conquest Training Systems, Inc As I have coached entrepreneurs in preparing for presenting their concepts and companies to investors in order to try to raise capital, I’ve seen time and again that they all suffer from the same disease. They want to share too […]

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5 Things Investors Are Interested In Knowing About Your Business

—by Chuck McLane at CBIZ MHM, LLC As you grow your business, new opportunities and risks may emerge. You need to be aware of key areas that any investor will want to examine before they put money into your organization. An experienced business advisor can help you maximize your benefits and minimize the liabilities. They can […]

I Asked, Dave Bittner Answered on Serving on the Board of Directors for Invest Southwest

Invest Southwest Executive Director, Karen Katzorke, talks with Invest Southwest Board Treasurer, Dave Bittner. Dave played volleyball at Penn State University, so he brings that energy and teamwork to the floor to rally support for Invest Southwest and to set many plays in motion. When he is not counting beans, Dave coaches and serves on […]

The 3 Essential P’s of Your Startup Business Plan

There are so many business plan templates to prompt the presentation of your map to success. Some are tailored to one industry or another. Others are boiler-plate MBA outlines. Still, at the center of every business plan are three key points—your purpose, your plan, and your progress indicators. PURPOSE Your first challenge is to define […]

4 Steps For Sowing Startup Seeds To Prepare For Exiting The Field

From the minute you hit the dirt to hoe the rows for your startup, keep your exit strategy in mind. As you rush to execute, do so with future vision. Assemble a strong startup team, attract customers, drive revenue, ever mindful of the ultimate evolution of the business—your exit strategy. Your vision for a successful exit […]

MODEL SOMETHING. 5 KEYS FOR DEFINING YOUR STARTUP BUSINESS MODEL.

Whatever your startup business, it is critical that you determine a revenue model to support it. Your business model is the plan your startup will implement to generate revenue and make a profit from operations. While there is room for creativity and customization, there are core areas that must be clear. Every model requires these […]