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Cuba: Risky? Great Opportunity? Both!

I attended a two-day Wharton School-sponsored conference on upcoming business opportunities on Cuba, the second such conference put together by my alma mater. Very high level fascinating speakers and very candid and blunt interactive discussions. Congrats to my friend Faquiry Diaz as one of the chairs. So what’s on the good side? Credit cards are coming.

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Yes Virginia, You Can Build Market Support on OTC Markets

We all know about the famous letter from one Virginia O’Hanlon in 1897 to the New York Sun newspaper asking if there really is a Santa Claus. Her father encouraged her and told her, if it’s in the Sun it must be so. The paper wrote an editorial entitled, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” The original letter,

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5 Reasons Duane Morris is an Awesome Law Firm

To my faithful blogees: as you know I very rarely self-promote here, whether shamelessly or not. But I’m extremely excited about my new affiliation with the 700-attorney international law firm of Duane Morris LLP. The firm’s reputation spans many decades and has strongly and steadily grown throughout the time I have been practicing. Here’s why

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5 Reasons SEC Regulation A+ Is Revolutionary

Today was a significant day for the world of IPOs, small business and the smallcap markets. The SEC voted unanimously to adopt final rules implementing changes to Regulation A which were mandated by the Jumpstart our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012. It took awhile to get the rules completed, but they are final at

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Check out The Entrepreneur’s Advocate on YouTube!

We have just launched a YouTube channel called The Entrepreneur’s Advocate, featuring short videos covering topics of interest to entrepreneurs at all stages of development, bringing the best tips and latest news to today’s entrepreneur. Featuring your humble blogger, the series offers essential “how-to”s in concise weekly episodes. Be sure to visit and subscribe to the

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Happy 2015 Wall Street! Right?

If you are an investor or make your money from the market or Wall Street, there’s not much to be unhappy about as we close out 2014. The Dow Jones Industrial Average in the last year has gone from around 15,300 to about 18,100, up over 11%. The Russell 2000 is up almost 6%. Everyone’s

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5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Howard Stern

I may open myself up here, but I have to admit that “shock jock” Howard Stern is one of my true business heroes. As I wrote in my latest book, The Entrepreneur’s Growth Startup Handbook (John Wiley & Sons/Bloomberg Press), how Stern has built his brand and treated his people makes him a true superstar to me

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Benefit Corporations: Profit While Doing Good, But Worthwhile?

You may not have heard about this yet, but over the last few years close to 30 states (including Delaware, NY and California) and DC have approved and another dozen or so have introduced legislation to permit so-called “benefit corporations.” The concept is that the corporate purpose can be for profit but also most include

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SEC Issues 2013 Small Business Forum Recommendations

My regular blogees know that each year, as mandated by Congress, the SEC holds a Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation. The result of each forum is a list of recommendations developed by the participants who range from business folks, professionals, academics and government types. Then the recommendations are ranked by the participants and

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JOBS Act 2.0 Bills Officially Pass House Committee

Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) It took until just before Memorial Day, but apropos timing as the House Financial Services Committee, on May 22, officially approved 11 bills to help small businesses with capital formation and growth. Many on the Hill are fashioning this group of bills JOBS Act 2.0, as a natural follow to the

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