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November 2013

Want To Sell Your Business? 5 Questions You Must Ask To Ensure A Perfect Match

I’ve written about VerticalResponse before. It provides online self-service tools for small businesses, including email, event, survey, and social media marketing. It is known for its outstanding customer service.

About five years ago, Janine Popick, CEO and Founder of VerticalResponse, started thinking about selling her company. She had big plans for the company and needed money to fund implementation. Selling the company was one way to get the cash infusion she needed. Three years ago, she engaged an investment banker who matched VerticalResponse with potential suitors. VerticalResponse received three offers. Two they turned down. The other turned them down.

Working Boards: Who is governing whom?

By Michael Davidson

The Challenge
Establishing a workable distinction between the governance responsibilities of the board and the management responsibilities of the staff is a continual challenge for every nonprofit organization. 

Resolving this is made additionally complex when there is minimal or no staff; when board members deliver the programs and are at the same time responsible for the policy direction and oversight of the programs. The board members are, in effect, overseeing themselves.

Looking for Funding to Scale Your Business? Location Counts

When Annabelle Diamantino, co-founder and CEO of Video Recruit, was considering where to locate her company, a top priority was finding a city in which the cost of doing business and living was affordable. Another factor was access to a plentiful supply of high-quality, inexpensive talent.

Want Venture Capital? Here Are 10 Must-Haves

Think you want to raise venture capital? You’d better be prepared to deliver a pretty big return on investment to VCs. Before you waste your time and that of the VC by asking for a meeting, make sure your business can leap the bar set by VCs.

Branding: Purposeful or Coincidence

By Ralp Allora

When it comes to consumer perception of brands, it’s the little things that count. Things as small, in fact, as the hold music.

How Women Entrepreneurs Can Make Investors Sit Up And Listen

Do your knees knock, palms sweat or voice quiver when you’re pitching for money? Some degree of nervousness is a good thing. It keeps you on your toes. But, nervousness can expose a confidence gap that will stand in the way of you getting the money your company needs to start or scale.

Here are nine ways to shore up your confidence so you get the money.

4 Ways A Small Company Differentiated Itself From The Big Boys

While working at a nonprofit that provided HR, finance, and technology support to community-based programs, the light bulb went off for Susan Kreeger — other small nonprofits and for-profit businesses need similar services. Kreeger’s specialty was HR. She started her company, RealHR Solutions, in 2005. Jill Krumholz became a partner in 2010. Her expertise is talent acquisition and employee development.

How To Construct A Socially Responsible Marketing Plan

By Amanda Haynes 

In the coming years, many companies and small business owners will need to consider how they can create a socially responsible marketing plan, since there has been a major initiative over the past few years to encourage businesses to do just that. Since companies are gathering more power these days, they're also feeling more responsible for things that go on in society. This means that they will need to be prepared to create marketing campaigns that provide people with useful and truthful information. There are many people who have begun creating these kinds of ads in these different commercials, since they are proving to be effective and simply the right thing to do.

How A Business Plan Competition Encourages Women Entrepreneurship

Having role models is the basis for educating, motivating and inspiring more women to become entrepreneurs. Now a business plan competition is offering women the opportunity to become role models.

10 Ways Women Can Dare To Grow Their Businesses Big

“While the number of women-owned firms is increasing faster than the national average, we see time and time again that women remain less likely to grow their firms to scale. Just 2% of women-owned firms have passed the million-dollar revenue threshold, compared to 6% of men-owned firms – and this gender gap is seen in every industry,” said Julie Weeks, President of Womenable, a consultancy focused on enabling women’s entrepreneurship.

Nonprofit Expert, Audrey Winkler, Named Director of Nonprofit Sector Resource Institute, at Seton Hall University

I’m delighted that my good friend, Audrey Winkler, has been selected as the new Director of the Nonprofit Sector Resource Institute, a branch of Seton Hall University’s Center for Public Service. The mission of the Nonprofit Sector Resource Institute is to build the capacity of the nonprofit sector in New Jersey and nationally by utilizing the resources of the Seton Hall community, working in collaboration with top experts in the field, other nonprofits, corporations, foundations and NGOs.