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Bryan E. Kuhn
Counselor at Law, P.C.
Business & Employment Law Attorney

Pointers to help entrepreneurs raise venture capital

In order to become successful, small business owners in Colorado and across the country need capital, but securing it may be difficult. There is some advice available for entrepreneurs who are just starting out and need venture capital to help them reach their business goals.

Since venture capital involves venture capitalists having an active role in the business, entrepreneurs who finance their companies this way must be willing to accept constructive criticism and advice from another person or people with business experience. In fact, entrepreneurs could possibly lose absolute control over their companies’ activities and even the directions they take since venture capitalists will only distribute funds as each business goal and milestone is reached.

Every venture capitalist has different ways of investing, strategizing and making decisions, so business owners should fully research prospective ones before submitting their proposals. Doing so will help business owners select experienced venture capitalists who share the same goals of their companies and teams; otherwise, problems could occur later.

Business owners should also consider venture capitalists as teammates instead of just investors. Further, the chosen venture capitalist should be a person who is enjoyable to work with, who will encourage the team to constantly innovate and move forward.

When working with their venture capitalists, business owners should be completely honest. Venture capitalists typically appreciate dedicated, sincere and hardworking entrepreneurs and are encouraged to continue investing in the company as a result.

Entrepreneurs who are unable to obtain traditional loans because financial institutions consider their business ventures to be high risk might consider speaking with a local attorney. Besides helping business owners secure the capital they need, a lawyer could also assist with drafting a solid business plan.

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