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The Dollar’s Falling! Does It Really Matter?

Most of us are aware that the U.S. dollar has been struggling lately. Evidence the fact that it has been on a steady decline compared to the euro. In fact, the dollar recently fell to yet another record low against the euro ...

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Small Business Strengths – Competing with the Big Boys

Some people have the erroneous idea that a small business cannot effectively compete against larger competitors. This concept is quite far from the truth ...

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Is Your Company Possible IPO Material?

Have you ever dreamed about taking your company public -- the relative ease of raising capital, the ability to use your company's stock to buy other businesses, and the liquidity of your own shares so that you can "cash out" when you are ready? ...

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Year-End Planning for Small Businesses

This is the time of year when the small-business owner has to start thinking of year-end strategies for his/her company. Because tax strategies have a large, yet controllable, influence on your business, they should be your main focus as a business owner ...

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Keep Eye on Your Business, Not Price of Its Stock

Today, with the pressures on business executives to meet their projections and to always present a glowing picture to analysts, it is understandable how some succumb to the temptation to present a rosy outlook when things actually might be deteriorating ...

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Bankruptcy Protections for Your Company

Most businesspeople get a knot in their stomachs when they think of bankruptcy. The reasons for this, I believe, are twofold: They don't have the basic knowledge about the implications of bankruptcy; and they feel a loss of control whenever they think about it ...

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Tools for Monitoring Your Customers’ Financial Health

Has this thought ever haunted you: "What if one of my big customers goes under?" And, have you ever felt out of control when having such worrisome thoughts? Well, you don't have to sit back and wait for something to happen. You can be proactive ...

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Is Your Company IPO Material?

Have you ever dreamed about taking your company public -- the relative ease of raising capital, the ability to use your company's stock to buy other businesses, and the liquidity of your own shares so that you can "cash out" when you are ready? ...

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Searching for Capital: Small-Cap Options

One of the greatest challenges facing small businesses today is the acquisition of capital. In a previous article, "Finding Dollars for Small-Cap Companies," I explored the non-underwritten IPO as a source of capital for the small business. This article addresses two other sources of capital for the small business -- the Angel Investor and the Venture Capitalist...

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Financial Controls for Small Business

If someone were to ask you, "What are the most important financial controls for a small business?" what would your answer be? This article looks at the minimum monitors that must be in place in order to protect and preserve the assets of a business ...

Serving on a Board After SOX: Opportunities and Perils

In my last article, Sarbanes-Oxley: Avoiding Its Pitfalls, I talked about alleviating the fears of well-meaning management. This article addresses the concerns of sincere board members of publicly held corporations and privately held companies. It provides guidance to enable board members to focus on making a contribution, rather than attempting to avoid civil and criminal liability by running afoul of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX)...

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Sarbanes-Oxley: Avoiding Its Pitfalls

Since Sarbanes-Oxley (S0X) was enacted into law on July 30, 2002, management has been scrambling to comply with the Act. In a previous column [Theodore F. di Stefano, "Sarbanes-Oxley: Insurmountable Hurdle for Small Business?" September 10, 2004], I gave some background as to what gave rise to SOX, how Congress reacted to the public outcry, and the resultant legislation...

OPINION

Sarbanes-Oxley: Insurmountable Hurdle for Small Business?

In a previous article [Theodore F. di Stefano, "Finding Dollars for Small-Cap Companies," June 28, 2004], I wrote about the IPO process and how it can be user friendly. The government can't and won't put the small-cap company out of business. Stay the course and, if you have plans for an IPO, don't let Sarbanes-Oxley stop you. And, as always, good luck!...

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Beware the Pump and Dump Scheme

You may not have heard of the phrase "pump and dump." I would be surprised, however, if you haven't been personally solicited by a so-called investment advisory firm that was trying to sell you a penny stock ...

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Reverse Mergers and Shells Under SEC Microscope

In a previous column, [Theodore F. di Stefano, "Finding Dollars for Small-Cap Companies," E-Commerce Times, June 28, 2004], I briefly mentioned that the SEC's new approach "...might prove to be the death knell of reverse mergers." This column explores what appears to be the SEC's present intention toward reverse mergers and public shells...

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Multiplying Your Wealth Through an IPO

When a privately held company goes public, it is invariably worth more. Specifically, how does this "alchemy" work? Isn't it like turning lead into gold? Yes, but once the process is dissected, it's far easier to understand ...

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Is Going Public the Right Move for Your Company?

Many businesspeople have thought about the thrill of going public: the challenge, the excitement, the bragging rights and the "pot of gold" at the end of the rainbow ...

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Finding Dollars for Small-Cap Companies

To anyone who runs a small company, raising capital might seem like an overwhelming task. Venture capital companies usually want a big piece of your pie if they are to invest in your business. ...

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