Startups & High Growth Businesses

In the world of business, the word "startup" goes beyond a company just getting off the ground. The term startup is also associated with a business that is typically technology oriented and has high growth potential. Startups have some unique struggles, especially in regard to financing. That’s because investors are looking for the highest potential return on investment, while balancing the associated risks.

To help you start, run and expand a startup or high growth business, we've compiled these useful resources. Select a topic to jump to that area on this page.


Financing a Startup

From seed capital to capital for expansion, getting financing is one of the most important activities for a startup. Making sure you can impress the venture capitalists and the angel investors takes preparation and practice. Use these resources to help your startup secure financing.

Know the basics when it comes to preparing your finances.

Understand all of the funding options available to your startup, including loans, grants and other funding.

Discover where to seek out and find potential venture capitalists for initial business or expansion funding.

Learn how to continue financing during the growth stages of your startup.


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The steps to starting a dotcom have many similarities to starting a brick and mortar business. To gain insight on the numerous benefits and risks to starting an online business, explore these resources.

Understand the legal aspects of running an online business.

Learn about generating sales for an online business.


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Intellectual Property

Entrepreneurs with high-growth startups need to make sure they have their ideas protected. In the early stages of business, the idea is the driving force. These resources can help you to protect your ideas and products.

  • Patents, Trademarks, Copyright

Learn how to protect yourself and your startup through intellectual property protection methods.


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Marketing & Social Media

Like most small businesses, marketing should be on every startup owner’s agenda. Creating a brand and making sure that your customers and potential customers know about your technology, innovation, or idea is important. Use these resources to help build your brand with traditional marketing and social media.

Develop your marketing strategy before your startup begins operations.

Discover special techniques for green marketing.


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Mentoring & Training

Creating a startup can be an overwhelming endeavor, but finding a mentor and additional resources can help keep you on the track toward success.

Gain invaluable insight from mentors or counselors during the beginning stages of your business to help you avoid common mistakes.


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Environmental Factors

A growing number of startups view global environmental problems as business opportunities. Learn about environmental regulations, along with opportunities for businesses in the green sector.

Learn how to make your startup a green business.

Help your startup join the Green movement and learn about Green Technology innovation grants and technical assistance.


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Hiring Employees & Independent Contractors

Entrepreneurs need help to initiate and expand their startups. Make sure that you are hiring the right people and understand the difference between an employee and an independent contractor.

Know the basics of hiring for your startup.

Learn what hiring means for your startup, from taxes to liabilities.

Manage worker issues effectively by understanding proper Human Resource procedures.


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