May, 2024

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7 Grants For Black-Owned Businesses to Apply For in 2024

Tech.Co

In recent years, Black-owned businesses have grown at the fastest pace in 30 years. However, despite growing optimism, the path to success for Black entrepreneurs is still paved with systematic barriers in 2024. In addition to the regular pressures of running a business in this climate, Black business owners have to contend with discriminatory lending practices from banking institutions and racial prejudices from buyers – with a recent report revealing that 76% of Black business owners cla

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How do you pay an early-stage board?

Berkonomics

Give one percent equity to each outside board member vesting over two to four years of service. Many early-stage CEOs and board members have asked for some guidance regarding pay and time commitments for board members. Here is my best advice, based upon many boards and many years. Pay early-stage board members of companies that are not lifestyle businesses one percent of the fully diluted equity in the form of an option that vests over two to four years of service.

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Recap & Photos of our First Ever Investor & Founder Mixer with TechCon SoCal! 

Startup San Diego

Last week over 80+ attendees came together for our very first Investor & Founder Mixer at the brand new Legacy Resort Hotel & Spa. We invited local investors and founders […] The post Recap & Photos of our First Ever Investor & Founder Mixer with TechCon SoCal! appeared first on Startup San Diego.

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7 Government Small Business Grants to Apply For in May 2024

Tech.Co

Seeking funding is a right of passage for many small business owners. While there are endless private and government-backed loans to choose from, if you’re looking to evade strict repayment terms and steep interest rates, it could be worth considering government business grants. Government business grants are financial awards issued by federal, state, or local authorities.

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Can You Ask for Office Rent Relief? How to Manage Your Lease During COVID-19

Office leases are one of companies’ largest expenses, and if your whole team is working from home with no clear end in sight, you may be wondering what to do about your lease.

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Take this test to predict your success:

Berkonomics

Your success must be based upon data that is solid and sometimes flexible enough to pass several critical tests if it is to guide a business enterprise to greatness. Here in brief are ten tests for your successful vision. Try these on for size, and test yourself for attractiveness to the marketplace, to investors and to history. Ten tests for your business success: Is your market identifiable and accessible?

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To directors and advisors: “Noses in; fingers OUT!”

Berkonomics

Many of us have someone who reports directly to us and who supervises others in return. Well, this one is for you. And it is one of the most important lessons you can learn as a manager, board member, or advisor of a company or even a non-profit enterprise. Where did this statement come from? I first heard this in a governance seminar for a non-profit higher educational board upon which I sit, over 25 years ago.

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Announcing Panelist for June 1st Mondays of Summer – Expert Panel & Networking

Startup San Diego

We’re coming close to our 1st Mondays of Summer powered by JP Morgan Startup Banking and UCSD Design and Innovation, happening June 24th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. If you’re […] The post Announcing Panelist for June 1st Mondays of Summer – Expert Panel & Networking appeared first on Startup San Diego.

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No surprises! Good advice for all of us.

Berkonomics

First, keep your manager or board informed regularly. Most all leaders new to their position underestimate this time requirement. It is good for the company when you share concerns, threats and opportunities with your superiors or your board. The rule of “no surprises” works well for your longevity. But there are always surprises. The rule is: communicate with individuals or a committee of the whole as soon as possible when important issues or threats to the corporation arise.