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How to Fund your Startup, Oct 09, 2014
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When you are at the Idea stage, it's not likely that investors will be willing to invest. Fortunately, there are other sources of funding that are available for early stage funding. We'll describe quite a few of the funding sources that you can leverage to build your startup, from loans, to grants, to crowdfunding, and then yes, even investors - and more. Learn more.

When: Thursday, Oct. 9, 4pm-5:30pm




Service: Necessary Evil or Strategic Advantage?, Oct 14, 2014
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You have a product - that's great. Is that all your customers need? To be successful, do your customers need some additional help - in other words, some additional services?

You can’t afford to dismiss service as” extra work and expense”… If you want to be successful in today’s market you have to shift your thinking to become more customer-focused. And that means more service focused.

Find out how to make service an integral part of your business, and learn strategies for providing exceptional service that will help your company differentiate, compete and grow. Learn more

When: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 4pm-5:30pm




What Investors Want, Oct 16, 2014
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What does it take to get investors interested in your startup? What criteria do they consider? How much headway do you have to make to get investment? Do angels expect you to work for no salary? How much of the company do they need to own? Will investors demand a Board seat? What valuation will they require? Can they impose constraints on management? We'll discuss these questions and more.

When: Thursday, Oct. 16, 4pm-5:30pm




Founders Stock Explained, Oct 23, 2014
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Early on, team compensation is likely to be in the form of ownership in the company. It's important to understand how that works. This seminar tackles these common questions: What if you have an LLC instead of a corporation? What is common versus preferred stock? How do you decide how much stock goes to each team member? What happens if a team member doesn't work out? How is founder ownership diluted when the company takes on investors? How do you minimize dilution? Can founders retain control? How do investors determine your company's value? Included Tools: Stock (Capitalization) Spreadsheet for forecasting value and dilution.

When: Thursday, Oct. 23, 4pm-5:30pm




West Side PubTalk(TM):Grants for Startups, Oct 28, 2014
There are grants available for startups - including the Small Business Innovation Research grants from the federal government. At this PubTalk, you'll hear from entrepreneurs who have taken advantage of various grant programs. Learn more.




Protect your Intellectual Property, Oct 30, 2014
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If you have a company, you already have important intellectual property (IP). What steps should you take to protect your company's IP? We provide an overview of IP protection (copyrights, trademarks, patents and trade secrets) and steps you should consider right now to protect your IP. Throughout, we'll provide examples of the common mistakes that early stage entrepreneurs make, and how you can avoid those mistakes.

When: Thursday, Oct. 30, 4pm - 5:30pm




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