Here are two big questions you’re asking yourself if you’re launching a company and looking to raise capital before you’ve generated revenue… and an answer from one seasoned Angel investor. Agree? Disagree? Comment below. What do angel investors expect in a business plan for a Tech startup in the early stages? How should financial projects […]


In today’s heavily regulated banking market, it has been increasing difficult for small businesses to obtain financing from traditional bank sources.  There are a myriad of reasons for this, including but not limited to: Required level of financing below Banks’ mandated levels Recent operating losses Start-up or early stage operations Rapid growth in revenue Debtor- in […]


The new way to launch your start-up or early-stage company has hit the entrepreneurial landscape like a hurricane. Business Accelerators and Incubators cover the landscape as it seems that every city, state, major university and country has joined the fray of early-stage venture capital companies like Y-Combinator, DreamIt, Idealabs, and MassChallenge to help you “accelerate” […]


Relationship 2.0, Inc., the developers of CoupleWise, announced it has been selected to join MassChallenge UK, the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet.


April 7, 2016 Greenwich, CT. In late September 2015 Beverly Wall, CEO of Languages International, Inc., an 18 year old language translation service business based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was investigating new ways to grow her business in 2016. In research mode, she contacted and had several conversations with Dan Gallo, The Allasso Group’s Managing […]


In 1964 Marshall McLuhan, the leading prophet of the electronic age, stated that we’re raised to learn by reading (i.e.: a linear medium), but electronic mediums (TV, the Internet & Social Media) transfer information with sight & sound—in an instantaneous, non-linear, totally immersive manner.
Does your digital presence reflect the emphasis?


January 27, 2016 Greenwich, CT. In mid-September 2015 Dan Gallo responded to an unusual post by CoupleWise‘s Founder & Chief Psychologist, Dr. Gary Krane, PhD. His start-up software company needed seed capital and a new direction if he was to succeed in his quest to serve the 35-40 million couples in the USA & Canada […]


When it comes to the economy, don’t listen to the media, politicians, or friends working at big companies. Listen to other small business owners. And from what I’m hearing, many are still hurting. Here are 5 tips worth considering… 5. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit” […]


…most SBEs go out of business due to a lack of capital. Therefore, having multiple financing solutions is critically important to all small businesses.


I was talking with my brother-in-law, Tom about personal finances & building a nest egg. Mostly because he asked me & I was being polite. And mostly because he knows while I like earning money, I don’t love managing it. He also knows I hate paying someone else to manage it for me. He knows […]


Know When You’ve Reached The End It was early October ’14 & business slowed from 25 catering gigs in Sept. down to 12. Some said this was normal. Oil companies always started wrapping up the year in early 4Q. But something was on the horizon: the price for a barrel of crude was taking a […]


After 6 months of preparation we opened Boom Town Food Services on Feb. 22, 2014 in Karnes County TX, the hottest region of the booming oil business, known as the Eagle Ford Shale Play. Our launch was from a single, beautifully wrapped & well designed food truck. The plan was to connect with major oil […]


It was August 2013 and my family and I were headed back to Belize with The Word at Work (http://TWAW.org) on a short-term missions trip. This was special because it was the first time in 6 years we were able to all go together. And the trip included just one other family, The Kral’s of […]


First, a quick story: Like many entrepreneurs between 2008 and 2010, I got crushed over a very badly timed foray into the luxury real estate market. Even though I dusted myself off and got back in the race, my credit score is lagging well behind our personal recovery because we stopped using credit. “If we […]


Yesterday I met with a top Leadership Development consultant.  During our meeting he talked about learning to deep sea dive: “Diving is a lot like running a business: You have to plan your dive, then dive your plan. If you don’t you could die.” Which is the only way, I believe, you should think about […]


Recently I was unwinding a pretty sticky situation between the CEO of a small business and one of his vendors. It got pretty ugly, as these things often do, to the point where the vendor sent a very polite email to the CEO “firing” them as an ongoing customer and ending with: “when we receive […]


July 11, 2013: The “autumn rhythm” documentary Kickstarter project page was up. Our email campaign to 3,000 friends, family & acquaintances was in full motion. We hit the 10% pledge mark on Day 7 with a troubling statistic: not a single pledge was received from people we didn’t know–a crowdfunding death-blow–so I’m told. It was […]


Today I launched a Kickstarter project to fund an important film. Here’s why: My sister Donna has been an artist her entire life. She’s also had more operations to remove tumors than anyone I know. A few years ago the doctors found a bone growing over the left side of her skull. A biopsy revealed […]


Read Part I > In mid-February, 2013 Steven Sashen and his wife and partner, Lena, of Xero Shoes were featured on an episode of ABC-TV’s Shark Tank, a reality-business show. As usual, my wife & I were watching, live Tweeting about the action and doing a bit of promotion about my blog entry “How Would […]


Read Part II > In mid-February, 2013 Steven Sashen and his wife and partner, Lena, of Xero Shoes were featured on an episode of ABC-TV’s Shark Tank, a reality-business show. As usual, my wife & I were watching, live Tweeting about the action and doing a bit of promotion about my blog entry “How Would […]


I commute from Norwalk, CT to Hicksville, NY four days each week. 58 miles each way. 3 major traffic patterns. 2.5 hours each day. For some reason, last week as I was driving down the Hutchinson Parkway, it hit me that every day I drive right past the exit for City Island… City Island just […]


For some reason I woke up this morning thinking about my legacy… What I’d leave behind in my wake: chaos or that of a life well lived? It’s no surprise I instantly thought of my Dad. Although he passed away 30 years ago he has a family of 6 kids that hold him in high […]


MIKE STELZNER (Social Media Examiner) WELCOME to the very first installment of my Interviews with Experts series.  The idea is to give you QUICK insights from Social Media professionals who are at the top of their industry, asking them a slight variation on one simple question: How can every Small Business use Social Media to grow their business? […]


      *Note You can download this as a free .pdf by clicking here:       5 Tips For Social Media welcome If you’re reading this, then we can assume a couple of things pretty easily:  (1) You’re running a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and (2) You’re beginning to look into Social Media (SM).  […]


The American Dream of building and growing a business is alive and well.  In fact, you can see it played out every Friday night on “Shark Tank” – a reality TV show with, at least, some redeeming value. As avid fans, my wife and I are glued to the TV watching as each hopeful small […]


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