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Contents Introduction CHAPTER 1: Choosing the Form of Your Business Sole Proprietorship Registered Agents Partnership Corporation Limited Liability Company Nonprofit Entities Joint Ventures and Corporate Partnerships Choosing the State in which to Form Your Business Qualifications for Starting a Business How-To Procedures Business Comparison Chart Business Start-Up Checklist CHAPTER 2: Business Strategy, Planning, and Feasibility Analysis Strategy Developing Strategy Business Plan Feasibility Analysis Structuring Your Business Plan Questions to Ask Consultants vs. Do-It-Yourself What the Experts Say Summary CHAPTER 3: Equity Financing Ownership Corporation Equity Warrants Limited Liability Company and Limited Partnership Equity Raising Capital in Stages CHAPTER 4: Debt Financing Bank Loans Small Business Administration (SBA) Credit Cards Home Equity Lines Retirement Funds Life Insurance Borrowing Financial Brokers Reverse Mergers Factoring Revenue Participation/Royalty Financing Merchant Banking SBIC Financing Private Debt Combining Equity and Debt Financing CHAPTER 5: Securities Law Understanding Securities Laws Brief History of Securities Laws The Rise of Rule 506 of Regulation D Disclosure Requirements The Sale of Securities and the Issuer Exemption Integration of Offerings State Securities (Blue Sky) Laws Notice Filings of Securities Rule 504 and 505 Offerings Regulation A Offerings Follow-Up and Closing an Offering CHAPTER 6: Licensing and Franchising Licensing Franchising Business Opportunities CHAPTER 7: Friends, Angels, and Venture Capital Sources Friends and Family Angels Venture Capital What They Look For Valuation Angel Networks and Entrepreneurial Forums CHAPTER 8: Presentations and the Language of Capital Content The Presenter The Rules of PowerPoint Learning to Close and When Declining Money CHAPTER 9: Corporate Governance Registered Agents Initial Reports Annual Reports Money and Accounting Signing Documents Bank Accounts Corporate Governance for Corporations Corporate Records Corporate Governance for Limited Liability Companies CHAPTER 10: How to Choose Professionals Attorneys and Accountants Other Consultants Sequence CONCLUSION Endnotes GLOSSARY APPENDIX A: Business Plan APPENDIX B: Corporation Formation Documents APPENDIX C: Limited Liability Company Formation Documents INDEX
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Small business -- Finance.