Startup Financing Bennington VT

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Janice Swenor
Langtree Associates
(802) 442-9311
115 Elm Street
Bennington, VT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, College/Education Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA, MS

Mrs. Brenna Ann Warren, CFP®
155 North St
Bennington, VT
Firm
The Bank of Bennington, Money Concepts

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Mr. Michael E. Slattery, CFP®
(802) 681-7396
160 Benmont Ave Ste 17A
Bennington, VT
Firm
Northwestern Mutual®
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $250,001 - $500,000

Profession: Business Executives

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Ms. Gail A. Mauricette, CFP®
(802) 442-8174
311 North Street
Bennington, VT
Firm
Crossroads Accounting LLC

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Ms. Doris Hancock Karampatsos, CFP®
(413) 663-2343
795 Main Street
Williamstown, MA
Firm
True North Financial Services

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Mr. Donald B. Mckenna, CFP®
(802) 447-1530
207 Main St
Bennington, VT
Firm
Bennington Finl Plng Group
Areas of Specialization
Estate Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Life Planning, Tax Planning, Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $50,001 - $100,000



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Mr. Brian D. Mckenna, CFP®
(802) 447-1538
207 Main St
Bennington, VT
Firm
D.B. McKenna & Co., Inc.

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Ms. Kristin W. Reed, CFP®
(802) 442-9311
204 South St
Bennington, VT
Firm
Langtree Associates

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Mr. David W. Orton, CFP®
(518) 852-6026
585 Sumner Road
Stamford, VT
Firm
Pyramid Funds Corporation
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $50,001 - $100,000



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Mr. Bruce P. Mullen, CFP®
(802) 464-8998
PO Box 400
Wilmington, VT
Firm
Mullen Financial Strategies
Areas of Specialization
Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

Average Income: $50,001 - $100,000

Profession: Not Applicable

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Startup Financing

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The Real Funding Strategy That Works
by Kenneth H. Marks

You have an idea for a product or service and want to start a company, or maybe you already have a company and you are thinking about launching a new product line. Either way, you need capital to make it happen, but how do you get the funding required?

If you attend your typical MBA class on startup businesses or an entrepreneurial starter program, you’ll likely be told to write a business plan and shop it to angel and venture investors, right? Not in the real world!
Statistically no one gets venture capital. Yes, we all read about the handful of companies that obtained venture funding, are written about in the trade rags and may have even gone public, but given the number of companies started each year vs. the number of companies receiving institutional (or venture) funding, it is insignificant, and for most companies just plain unrealistic. So, how do the 99.9 percent of startup businesses get funded?

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Practical Funding Approach

The financing strategy is bootstrapping in stages based on iterative phases of success, working from the end backwards along a path of steps, only doing what must be done to get to the next phase with minimal capital. This is a resourceful and practical approach:
· Start with the customer and market need.
· Establish the critical path items for at least the first stage of the company or project.
· Define what it takes to validate the market and prove the company’s ability.
· Develop a list of where and from whom you can get the resources needed (i.e. those who have a reason to care about your company’s success).
· Assess – Can you bridge the gap with friends and family and personal investment?

Start with the Customer and the Market Need

Start with the end in mind — that is, the customer and the market need. Many businesses start with a solution and look for a problem to solve; this is natural when you have technical entrepreneurs and creative people. However, capital is attracted to situations that have proven market demand with a solution that is feasible at a validated price that allows the business to make a significant return based on the risk involved. The idea is to validate the market and price as soon as possible in the development of the company and shape the product or service offering to assure profitable revenues, or at least those that can generate a reasonable gross profit (revenues minus direct costs). This means talking with potential customers as you are crafting the business plan and strategy — the same goes with likely sources of supply.

Establish the Critical Path Items

Next, leverage the knowledge gained to develop the critical path items required to launch the company. Create a working prototype and confirm that the business model will work. One of the outputs of this train of thinking and process is a clearer understanding of the amount and timing of capital required.
Let’s take an example: A small ...

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