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Wells Fargo - Elizabeth City Main
(252) 331-6200
400 E Main St
Elizabeth City, NC
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Thu 09:00 AM-05:00 PM
Fri 09:00 AM-06:00 PM
Sat-Sun Closed

Holly Nicholson
Financial Planning Services, Inc.
(919) 676-2806
700 Exposition Place, #131
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Divorce Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, JD

Chip Hymiller
Beacon Financial Strategies
(919) 321-8625
8376 Six Forks Road, Suite 202
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Financial Issues Between Generations, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Edward Fulbright
Fulbright Financial Consulting, PA
(919) 544-0398
5302 NC Highway 55, Suite 104
Durham, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

Cheryl Sherrard
Rinehart Wealth Management
(704) 374-0646
521 E. Morehead Street, Suite 580
Charlotte, NC
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, High Net Worth Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AAMS, ATP, CFP®

Wells Fargo - Southgate
(252) 331-1402
1401 W Eringhaus St
Elizabeth City, NC
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Thu 09:00 AM-05:00 PM
Fri 09:00 AM-06:00 PM
Sat-Sun Closed

Dennis Stearns
Stearns Financial Services Group, Inc.
(800) 881-7374
324 W. Wendover Avenue, Suite 204
Greensboro, NC
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, MSFS

Jeff Seymour
Triangle Wealth Management LLC
(919) 654-7321
1000 Centre Gren Way
Cary, NC
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BSEE, CFP®

Joel Kelley
Woodstone Financial, LLC
(828) 225-1730
30 Town Square Blvd
Asheville, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, M.Ed.

Ed Taylor
Taylor Financial
(910) 256-8818
1213 Culbreth Drive
Wilmington, NC
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

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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