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John Frisch
Alliant Wealth Advisors
(703) 878-9050
4008 Genessee Place, Suite 201
Woodbridge, VA
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Martin Hopkins
Hopkins Investment Management, LLC
(703) 222-7570
11350 Random Hills Road, Suite 800
Fairfax, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Carroll Hayes
Charles Carroll Financial Partners, LLC
(703) 750-3600
4115 Annandale Road, Suite 205
Annandale, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Real Estate Investments, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Mr. Thomas J Huszcza, CFP®
(703) 492-9792
12848 Harbor Dr.
Lake Ridge, VA
Firm
Ameriprise Financial Services
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Education Planning, Government and Military, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: Not Applicable

Average Income: Not Applicable

Profession: Government Employees

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Mr. Michael E Thomas, CFP®
(703) 897-8787
13649 Office Place
Woodbridge, VA
Firm
First Command Financial Planning

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Stephen Lingle
Lighthouse Financial Planning, LLC
(703) 507-7531
4518 Demby Drive
Fairfax, VA
Expertises
College/Education Planning, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Michael McLenigan
Professional Financial Solutions, LLC
(703) 385-0870
10517A West Drive
Fairfax, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, College/Education Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mr. Bruce K. Sneed, CFP®
(703) 583-4060
15085 Copper Turtle Pl
Woodbridge, VA
Firm
BK Sneed Financial Planning

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Mr. Michael D. Gilbert, CFP®
(703) 897-8787
13649 Office Pl Ste 202
Woodbridge, VA
Firm
First Command Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000



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Mr. John W. Crane, CFP®
(703) 670-5551
3182 Golansky Blvd
Woodbridge, VA
Firm
First Financial Group

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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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