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Bryan E. Kuhn
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Venture capital or private equity for small businesses?

Most entrepreneurs do not want to start a company that remains stagnant. They want to create an endeavor that has the ability to expand and offer new products and services. Of course, expansion often takes funds, and in some cases, small businesses in Colorado may not have the money to move forward with an idea. Fortunately, outside investments, like venture capital or private equity, could help.

First, it is important to note that venture capital and private equity are not the same, even though they both come from outside sources. If a company looks as if it has significant room for growth and will likely have a major impact on its industry, it may be more likely to obtain venture capital. However, companies or individuals who offer venture capital typically want at least a small stake of the company in return for their investment.

Private equity usually makes more sense for businesses that have been in business for a while and will likely see limited growth in the future. In some cases, investors offering private equity want more than just a portion of the company and could even choose to buy out the business completely, obtain a majority stake in the company for providing funds to help a distressed company, or buy out company founders in order to take over the company and lose its original owners. If owners do not want to give up much control or relinquish their companies entirely, this may not be the best option.

Venture capital tends to have more benefits for smaller businesses than larger companies, so if Colorado entrepreneurs believe that they have room for substantial growth, this investment option may work for them. Of course, they would need to convince investors that the company is worth it. In the end, if investors do take interest, owners will certainly want to ensure that they understand the legal ramifications of making this type of arrangement.

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