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Clearing Business Hurdles

Clearing business hurdles Written By: Dan Steininger, President and Co-Founder of BizStarts As seen on the December 12, 2016 post in Milwaukee Business Journal East brook Academy’s Jazzmin Hairston-Chainey, right, beats Cara Volz of Weyauwega-Fremont (left) with a time of 15.69 to place first in the preliminaries of the Girls 100 Meter Hurdles Division 3 … Continued


Successfully Manage a Startup Successfully managing a start-up or a young business requires an entrepreneur to wear many hats. The roles are many and the challenges are great. Usually long hours are required of entrepreneurs during start-up and growth phases of businesses in order to insure their success. One of the biggest pitfalls for an … Continued

Plan Your Business

How to Prepare Your Business Plan A business plan can have several uses. The most important use is that it gives you a vehicle to systematically gather and analyze data, and develop your strategy for making money, marketing, and managing your business. A banker will want to see your business plan to make sure you … Continued

OnRamp Business: 4 Insanely Productive Habits of Successful Young Entrepreneurs

4 Insanely Productive Habits of Successful Young Entrepreneurs Written By: Dan Steininger, President and Co-Founder of BizStarts As seen on the February 2, 2015 post in Milwaukee Business Journal OnRamp Blog. Michael Simmons interviewed some of the most successful entrepreneurs and asked them to share their advice for young entrepreneurs.  It’s always valuable to learn … Continued

5 Lessons for Angel Investors and Entrepreneurs

Written By: Dan Steininger, President and Co-Founder of BizStarts As seen on the November 3, 2014 post in Milwaukee Business Journal OnRamp Blog. The whole process of Angel investing tends to be a mystery to most entrepreneurs. And most angel investors learn the process themselves from actual investing so they learn from their mistakes. And … Continued

Financing – Debt

Financing – Bank Loans A loan from a private lender is one option for financing a business. A bank will assess the business proposal and use established underwriting guidelines to determine eligibility for a loan, necessary collateral requirements and will usually require a personal guarantee. Business Plan To apply for a bank loan, take some … Continued

Buy or Sell a Business

Buying or Selling a Business Buying or selling a business is not something to be taken lightly. Buying an existing business is often a simpler and safer alternative than the work it takes to start a business and do the business plan, market research and financial analysis required. However, when buying a business similar due … Continued


Exploring Crowdfunding? Read this first… Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) Crowdfunding Advisory Crowdfunding is an online money-raising strategy for the public to donate small amounts of money for startups. This innovative concept has the potential to provide small, innovative enterprises with access to capital that might not otherwise be available. Patricia Struck, Administrator of … Continued

Term Sheet

Definition A term sheet is basically a letter of intent that spells out how much an investor is willing to give and under what conditions.  It is typically the starting point for serious negotiations between the investor and entrepreneur. According to Kauffman Foundation “The Term Sheet is the roadmap to definitive agreements that will control the … Continued


The Marketing Process Marketing is the process of planning and executing the conception, pricing, promotion, and distribution of ideas, goods, and services to create exchanges that meet both the objectives of your customers and your objectives. A sound marketing plan is critical to the success of your business. It should include your market research, the customer … Continued

International Markets

Import and Export Assistance To begin the planning process of how to export your product, consider the resources available at the World Trade Center Association a membership organization that shares the experiences and best practices of international trade. The US Department of Commerce  and the Wisconsin Department of Commerce have a wide range of resources … Continued

Innovative Avenues for Funding” workshop presented by OfficeMax

  “Innovative Avenues for Funding” workshop presented by OfficeMax, BizStarts July 24th Are you aware of all the options you have for funding your business? Whether you’re starting or scaling up, funding options go beyond banks and investment funds. In fact, there are many avenues for getting funding that will make you more attractive to … Continued

BizStarts’ 4th annual Collegiate Business Plan Competition

3D Printing startup takes top prize at BizStarts Collegiate Business Plan Competition; four other finalists combine to split $15,000 in prize money, bragging rights BizStarts’ 4th annual Collegiate Business Plan Competition, sponsored by Mason Wells, took place Wednesday, April 24th at the Todd Wehr Conference Center on the MSOE (Milwaukee School of Engineering) campus.   After … Continued

BizStarts Investor Forum: where the rubber meets the road

BizStarts Investor Forum: where the rubber meets the road As you likely know, we’re all about getting companies started. A huge catalyst (pun intended) for that is bringing in accredited investors to meet and hear from selected Venture Track companies deemed ready for serious funding in our BizStarts Investor Forum.   Our most recent Investor Forum was held at sponsor … Continued

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