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Multifunding_Slingshot_buscards_AVERY_BACK_PRINT READYOur blog, The Slingshot Café, is where CEO Ami Kassar gives valuable insights on the current small business trends and how they can impact your business. Read through our blog to learn more about small business loans, financing options and more.

 

Where Are You in Your Entrepreneurial Life Cycle?

Posted on: December 15, 2017

Just as we experience spring, summer, fall and winter each year, there are a similar number of cycles for entrepreneurs. It’s extremely important to understand into which cycle you presently fit, because it determines how you approach growth, helps pinpoint your most comfortable financial options and makes evident your tolerance for risk. So, what are

Early Financing Decisions Matter – A Lot

Posted on: December 06, 2017

Take time to think two steps ahead. Starting a business is an exciting time in anyone’s life. And often when we’re in those “early moments,” we make decisions that have unintended consequences in the future. This is particularly true when it comes to finance and partnership decisions – which are often extremely difficult to unwind.

Are You a Tortoise or a Hare Entrepreneur?

Posted on: November 29, 2017

And why it matters. Do you remember “The Tortoise and the Hare,” one of Aesop’s Fables, written by the ancient Greek storyteller and slave? In this seminal tale, an arrogant hare ridicules a slow-moving tortoise. The tortoise challenges the hare to a race, which is readily accepted. When the race begins, the hare jumps out

Cutting Through The Fear of Publishing A First Book

Posted on: November 29, 2017

You must believe that your content will help others. Typically, when I sit down to write a column, I spend some time reflecting on my interactions with entrepreneurs over the past week, and I look for an experience that I think has a universal lesson that I can share. Over the past few weeks, I

Are You Managing Your Business Like Your Household Budget?

Posted on: November 13, 2017

It might be time to expand your thinking. At the end of one of my Growth Dilemma workshops last week, I asked the participants for feedback about what they had learned. One woman commented that she learned to “manage her business more like a business, and less like a household budget.” What did she mean?

Coming January 2018 – The Growth Dilemma

Posted on: October 18, 2017

Determining Your Entrepreneurial Type to Find Your Financing Comfort Zone

What Prompts Change for You?

Posted on: October 03, 2017

Sometimes a shock to your system brings clarity. It’s not easy to sit down and write a column about entrepreneurship the night of an unspeakable national tragedy in Las Vegas. What could I possibly say that would be relevant or useful tonight? All I can suggest and hope is that some entrepreneurs might be able

That’s a Stretch

Posted on: September 15, 2017

Let’s talk about your business stretch goals. As you grow older, you’ll recognize the increasing value of stretching your body. And as you plan to grow your business, you also should be thinking about stretching – as in your goals. While entrepreneurs are thought of as a freewheeling lot, that isn’t necessarily the case. Sure,

How Should You Invest Your Next $1,000,000?

Posted on: September 06, 2017

Take some chips and focus on testing. In workshops that I do across the country, I ask participants what they would do with their next $1,000,000 – and how they would split investing it between their business and a mutual fund of their choice. It’s an important question – because while it’s tempting as entrepreneurs

Is a Family Business or Partnership Right for You?

Posted on: September 01, 2017

Here are some tools to help think it through. What does Harper Lee’s classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which was turned into an equally stellar film, have to do with business? It gave us this quote: “You can choose your friends, but you sho’ can’t choose your family.” And while relatives are the banes