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Smart Giving Gives Back: The Surprising Benefits of Organized Philanthropy

It’s not Selfish to Reap the Benefits of Organized Philanthropy Bringing family members together to invest philanthropically is a game changer, but organized giving can challenge even the strongest families. Yes, philanthropy is about generosity, but it can also feel like a time-consuming obligation. It can be messy and administratively intensive. And that’s all before […]


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For Better Venture Capital Value and Returns, Look to the Midwest

Midwest Is Best When It Comes to Venture Capital Value Readers of my earlier Financial Poise articles may remember this: I am a rare breed, a value investor who also loves to talk venture capital value. Seems strange? I’ll explain. Consider these venture capital stats: Only about 20% of venture capital deals make money. The […]


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Developing a Branding Strategy for Your Startup or Small Business

Everyone Who’s Anyone Is Developing a Branding Strategy “Branding” is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days. From individuals developing personal brands to professionals tasked with complete makeovers for iconic brands like FedEx, UPS, and KFC (notably all just shortened versions of their former brand names), everyone seems to be developing a […]


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How Small Business Owners Can Save on College Costs

10 Strategies to Help You Save on College Costs For small business owners, understanding three little words—expected family contribution, or EFC—can save on college costs (we’re talking thousands of dollars). How you structure your business, where you hold assets and which schools your child applies to all affect your EFC. So, where to begin? Try […]


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The Many Challenges Ahead for Private Equity Investing

Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of a similar article published in January of 2013. To view the original, click here. Private Equity Investing Has Exploded Over Past 10 Years The mindset in private equity investing doesn’t seem to have changed much since I first wrote about investing in private equity funds for Financial […]


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Effective Private Company Board Strategies Drive Goals to Completion

Private Company Board Strategies Create Advantage Strategy has been defined as the art of finding an unfair competitive advantage in the marketplace. It is implemented through defined objectives, strategies and tactics. Whether public or private, driving strategy is how boards create value. Public companies tend to have well-staffed strategy groups, of which M&A is one […]


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Make Outreach Effective Fast: Learn How to Use Facebook Ads

Learn How to Use Facebook Ads to Keep Up with the Pace Chances are if you’re reading this, you may be one of the 50 million businesses maintaining a Facebook page. Businesses in all shapes and sizes have a Facebook presence, all the way from Starbucks (37,240,603 likes as of press time) to Harvard Business […]


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Effective Outside Directors Provide Leadership When It Is Needed Most

Whether a company is public or private, the mission of its board of directors is to provide leadership in four key issues: strategy, capital structure, succession planning, and risk management. While regulators will enforce matters at public companies, outside directors are often the only external force to drive change at private companies. So long as […]


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Thought Leadership Opportunities: Don’t Pay to Give Yourself Away

I Am Special. Are you? I know this to be true… Because a stranger who wants my money told me so Thought Leadership Opportunities aren’t Opportunities I am special because people frequently seek me out to offer me thought leadership opportunities, thus increasing the likelihood that new clients will hire me as their attorney. Look, for […]


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A Venture Investor’s Perspective: 3 Ways Startup CEOs can Manage Venture Investors

[Note from the Financial Poise Editors: Although this article speaks to startup CEOs, we at Financial Poise recommend this read for potential investors and CEOs alike. It’s always helpful to understand perspectives from a different angle, and we think this article can be applied to companies both large and small.] As active seed investors, we […]


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