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How To Find A Financial Advisor You Can Trust

How To Find A Financial Advisor You Can Trust

Finding a financial advisor can be an intimidating process. It’s not just a numbers game to find who is the best at navigating the markets. It is a personal relationship, and you should get someone to listen to you and work with you to help you reach your goals. One common misconception is that only people with a lot of money to invest need a financial advisor. Everyone needs an advisor, just as everyone needs to pay an annual visit to…

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Angel Sites: Match.com for Startups, Investors

Angel Sites: Match.com for Startups, Investors

Source: Twitter Deena Varshavskaya had a hotter-than-hot idea for a start-up business, but she didn’t have the dough to do much about it. So, she posted her idea on AngelList, a website that connects entrepreneurs with deep-pocketed angel investors willing to financially back folks like her. These investors — who like to seed startups — typically have more than $ 1 million in the bank or make more than $ 200,000 a year. (Read more: A Pitch Fest for Entrepreneurs)…

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Crowdfunding Site Gives Startups and Small Businesses a Boost

Crowdfunding Site Gives Startups and Small Businesses a Boost

Source: Smallknot.com Allon and Sarah Azulai designed Kos Kaffe in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood to be the type of place that invites lingering. The coffee is roasted in-house, menu items are freshly prepared, and the vintage interior invites patrons to get comfortable—at least until the afternoon. That’s when the sun bakes the storefront’s plate-glass windows and sends customers scurrying out the door to escape the heat. The Azulais knew they needed to install a retractable awning. The problem? The $…

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How Accelerators Help Startups Get Funding

How Accelerators Help Startups Get Funding

Business accelerator programs offer startups low cost space, business services, talented employees, and contacts who can help find customers and partners in exchange for a small stake. Getty Images Unlike business incubators, business accelerators are highly selective. But like anything worth having, getting your startup accepted by the best accelerators is a matter of winning a competition. But that is probably wise since most ventures fail. (Read more: Pitch Fest for Entrepreneurs) As an investor in startups, I have heard…

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Franchisees Want Certainty, Not ‘Fiscal Cliff’: Restaurant CEO

Franchisees Want Certainty, Not ‘Fiscal Cliff’: Restaurant CEO

Charley’s Grilled Subs has been growing quickly in spite of a sluggish U.S. economy, but the company’s franchisees remain concerned about the uncertain regulatory and tax environment, Bob Wright, the company’s chief executive told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Tuesday. Source: Charleys.com “We’ve been real fortunate through the recession and even during this slow recovery to be able to grow not only our same-store sales but also our unit count,” said Wright. Charley’s has 210 franchisees operating more than 400 restaurants,…

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Spotify in Top League With $3 Billion Valuation

Spotify in Top League With $3 Billion Valuation

Photo by: Jon Aslund Spotify has raised about $ 100 million from a group of investors led by Goldman Sachs in a round that puts a $ 3 billion valuation on the company and completes its eight-month search for new funding, according to two people familiar with the situation. The valuation is lower than the $ 4 billion the digital music company originally sought but three times higher than its last funding round, which took place just over a year…

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