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When you need to hire additional staff, secure funding for new business or an additional location, or develop a new product or service, you need money. If your cash position is strong enough, you may be able to fund it yourself from business proceeds. Or you might seek a traditional bank loan, but big banks only approve about one-fifth of small-business loan requests.[…] Continue Reading »

In my last post, I discussed some of the ways that companies contemplating an initial public offering or a possible acquisition by a larger firm (so-called “pre-IPO/pre-acquisition companies”) can use strong corporate governance practices, particularly readiness to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as a means of demonstrating additional value to potential investors or acquisition suitors.[…] Continue Reading »

The primary focus of the well-publicized and sweeping corporate governance reforms adopted over the last decade, such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”) has been public companies, but elective compliance with certain provisions of SOX by privately held companies can provide significant advantages.

In fact, many private companies are discovering that they can actually enhance the value of their businesses and improve operational procedures through changes in areas such as internal controls, board composition (e.g., independent directors), audit committees, and development and implementation of codes of business conduct and ethics.[…] Continue Reading »

You’d have more money than Yelp’s made in eight years if you picked up a penny off the sidewalk. Yet you wouldn’t get a single investor if your penny-picking-up business were to go public on the stock market.

Despite this, Yelp got a lot of positive social media buzz before and during its initial public offering last week, and its closing price was almost 60% higher than its opening price.[…] Continue Reading »

This poll analysis was written by Jeremy Victor, president of Make Good Media and editor-in-chief of For more of his writing, visit and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Social Media — tracks feedback from leading marketers about social media practices and issues.

As Wall Street and Silicon Valley foamed at the mouth waiting for news of Facebook’s initial public offering filing a couple weeks ago (and I got annoyed), most of the anticipation centered on Facebook’s future market valuation.[…] Continue Reading »