Management Jobs In Austin Texas Area

James asks…

tucson, austin, or florida coast?

just graduated college early looking to move to a warm city preferably on the beach but not a prerequisite. I was interested in Tucson, Austin Texas, or Panama City/Pensacola. Where is some place warm, safe, decent economy where i can find at least a job around $15 hr, somewhere where there is a lot of young people but not super crazy?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I’d suggest taking a trip there first. Panama City Beach is an up and coming area with a lot of new development. To make $15 or more an hour will really depend on what you do. It is a vacation area so the people in the service industry make the most money. Not sure what your degree is in but hotel management is one of the best paying positions in that area. If you decide to take a trip to Panama City Beach look at http://www.panamacityhotelscheap.com. If you want to go somewhere more stable along the Florida Coast you can also check out Pensacola. They have wider selection of jobs and the beach area is still just as nice as Panama City. If you want to take a trip out that way check out http://www.cheappensacolahotels.com. Hope this helps at least a little. Good luck!

Paul asks…

42 & 43 years old. To move or not to move? New job or same old thing?

My wife and i are thinking of packing up and moving back to a coastal area, maybe the West Coast or possibly the Gulf Coast (Gulf coast would be new to us). We have been in our current Management positions for 15 years, we started at the bottom and worked our way up….but there’s no place to go from here. Between the two of us, we “Take Home” $1,250.00 Wk. / $5,000.00 Month(remember that’s Take Home pay, per Week or Month). We are bored with our current industry and we just hate going to work every day, even the area we live in just doesn’t appeal to us any longer. We have over $60,000.00 in cash saved up with NO, NONE, ZERO credit card debt….just a house payment and a $350 car payment. We do NOT smoke, drink or do drugs of any kind and 50 hour work weeks are common for us. My wife’s background is in Hospitality Service and Medical Billing/Coding/Collections. My background is in Restaurant/Bar & Grill management and i have experience in building decks, docks, home repair and other things…kind of a Jack of all trades type of guy i guess. We’ve been looking at Rockport Texas because California is just too screwed up right now and doesn’t need more people out there. By the time we sell our current home and liquidate some things, we should leave here with $75,000.00 or more. Is this something we should or can do? Should we stay put and be miserable? It seems like we’ve worked all our life to end up where we don’t wanna be right now. We can afford to move to the Gulf Coast and live for a year with NO income, we think that would give us plenty of time to get to know people, form relationships and find work. Our biggest worry is going through all of our savings and not being able to rebuild it or worse, not being able to afford to live there after a year and having no options left in life. Bottom line is were scared and need some advice from somebody whos done it or even some advice from somebody in the Rockport Texas area on jobs. Help!…this is very serious to us and we would appreciate your suggestions and/or answers.
Also: We have no children

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

It’s not a beach town, but Austin Texas was just ranked as one of the top places to find a job and affordable housing. I live on the west coast of FL and there are jobs for people in medical billing/collections, but no construction jobs and no new restaurant jobs.

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Website Design Austin Tx

Daniel asks…

How does an octave divider work?

Can you describe a simple, electronic, octave divider or point me to a website that does?
thanks

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Analog octave dividers use a component called a flip-flop. They’re actually designed to divide logic clocks in digital circuits. But someone figured out that if you take a guitar signal, square it up (distort it) so it looks like a clock signal, and run it into a flip-flop you get a signal out that’s half the frequency of the original…or 1 octave down.

Here’s a website that has a kit. If you look at the instructions, the schematic is on the last 2 pages:

http://www.buildyourownclone.com/dividedoctave.html

Different manufacturers do it different ways, but the principal is the same.

Of course, now it can be done digitally by using DSP’s…but that’s an entirely different animal.

Good luck.

Greetings from Austin, TX
Ken

Paul asks…

What’s the story behind the big building in Austin TX that looks like an owl?

It has two big circles that look like eyes and from a side view resembles an owl staring at you.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

“The 307-foot tall UT Austin Tower, designed by Paul Cret of Philadelphia, was completed in 1937. Through the years, the Tower has served as the University’s most distinguishing landmark and as a symbol of academic excellence and personal opportunity.”

Not only does the Tower stand as a staple for the everyday UT campus, but when the Longhorns have a big victory the Tower lights up burnt orange that night. The owl you are seeing when it is viewed from the side is a play on the Rice Owls in Houston. I’m not sure exactly why, but I think that the architect was from Houston or something. Check out the website below for more of the history. There was also a pretty famous gunman that stood on top of the tower a long time ago, and shut down the top floors…..

Http://www.utexas.edu/tours/mainbuilding/

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Management Consulting Recruiters

Chris asks…

One company is offering me a total package of 1200 BHD as an assistant mgr for IT. How much is the normal pay?

I am working for 12 years in IT as an engineer but not as an assistant manager. How much must I bargain?
This offer is from Bahrain.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Can’t locate much on assistant jobs > I did find one on Senior Jobs>>

Senior Network Optimization Engineer

Recruiter :
JMC Consulting – International Search & Selection
Salary : Up to $72k + accomm allowance + benefits
Location : Bahrain
Description :
high buildings General Quality Management Knowledge TEMS knowledge, RNO

I’d guess an assistant would come in at 25-35% less than a senior

Jenny asks…

What are the other career paths for a BE grad?

I am a BE grad with 4+ years exp as a S/W Eng. However, am not working currently. I am looking at changing my career field and hence am writing seeking advice if anybody could suggest any other reputed field an Engineer could work in n make it her future career.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

It’s one of recruitment’s more badly-kept secrets that 40 per cent of graduate jobs are open to students with any degree. This means that, as a science graduate, you can work in sectors as different to your first degree as law, IT and management consulting. It’s your chance to swap the lab coat and chromatography for a slinky suit and a large decaff with foam. All that time spent poring over stat tables or writing reports with a partner will give you a head start in a world in which dedication and attention to detail, as well as numeracy and teamworking skills, are sometimes more important than sector knowledge. With a good CV and plenty of enthusiasm, you’ll be the recruiters’ top pick when the milkround comes around.

But don’t be too hasty to leave your degree subject behind. After all, you’ve spend three or four years studying science – wouldn’t it be nice to use some of that knowledge in your working life? And don’t be put off with the idea that your options will be limited – science careers offer almost as much variety as non-science ones and whatever your tastes, you’ll be bound to find something to suit. For example, as a microbiologist or biochemist you can work as (deep breath) a research scientist, a quality control technician, a dietician, a civil service administrator, a technical sales executive, a teacher, a forensic scientist, a conservation officer or a meteorologist, amongst other science careers. You can work in a classroom, a lab, an office, out-of-doors or on television. You can work anywhere in the UK or abroad, for a large multi-national film or for a local authority.

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Austin Texas Apartments

Thomas asks…

Relocating to Austin Texas apartment cost?

I am currently living in South Jersey and thinking about relocating to Austin Texas for jobs. What much do apartments go for in the Austin Texas area? What areas in Austin Texas should I stay away from when looking at apartments?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

The price varies greatly on what apartments go for. Here is a map of all apartments in Austin and you can search by price

http://everythingaustinapartments.com/

As far as areas…its tough to be specific without knowing more. Where would you be working (traffic can be bad), what you like to do and how much you can spend? Crime isn’t especially bad anywhere in town. You can check out specific addresses here

http://spotcrime.com/tx/austin

This map can help you even if you dont have a specific address

http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Austin-Texas/crime/

Good luck

Ken asks…

CAN SOMEONE HELP ME FIND A CHEAP PLACE TO GET FURNITURE IN AUSTIN TEXAS?

I need a couch and maybe some end tables for my apartment.. Can anyone help me find a good place in Austin Texas?
I need the prices to be some where around 200-400 max!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

You can try this furniture online store: http://www.furniture-cn.com
a Chinese solid wood furniture store.there furniture are really beautiful and artistic.
You can go to have a look,and the furniture also have some discount!

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New Product Marketing Consultants

Lisa asks…

I would like to patent a product, but I don’t know where to start. Could anyone please help?

What are the processes and how would I find out about the materials and companies that make the finishing product? Where would I go to mass produce my product and find buyer’s?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Hi,

Well. It seems you have come up with a new product which you wanted to protect it under patent. At the same time, you wanted to know the company who buys your patented product and market it.

First step is to check the invention is really patentable or not. For that, you will have to perform the prior art (patent, non-patent) search and to find the existing technology in your area of invention. The patentability search is very important step, mainly in case your invention is not patentable, you can straight away stop patenting it, by the way you can avoid investing money on patenting it.

In case your invention is patentable, the next step is to draft the patent specification and then the patent application. The patent grant process will take approximately in the range of 24-36 months to obtain the patent.

You can approach the patent attorney/patent agent to get consultant on the above services. I would suggest you to have a look at the following site, which may be helpful for you to take decision.

To market your product, you can either give your patent for licensing or sell it, and you can find many company buys only patent, for example intellectual ventures. Www.intellectualventures.com/

Way to go for you!

Jenny asks…

What marketing tools/strategies can I use to expand the exposure of my food products.?

Do I have to pay the supermarkets’ owners to sell my product on their stores? What if I want to sell it oversees, what are the protocols? How do you introduce your food product to your consumers?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Here’s my suggestion for what it’s worth:

First, I think that you might want to consider joining a local Small Business Association or Networking group. By doing so, you’ll be among those who might be able to assist you in brainstorming as well as networking. Obtaining a business license & proper Food Handling Certification is also key. You certainly don’t want to have a great product, money rolling in and everything going well and then getting dinged for not doing it through the proper legal channels. This sadly happens all the time. And above all taking the much needed time to write out a Professional Business Plan is also top priority. You know that you want to have a successful product…that’s a given. But “how” you are going to do it…is the unknown. By having an actual business plan drawn up, you will:
A) Gain credibility on a professional, personal and financial level (Also, there isn’t a bank that will deal with you for loans without one).
B) Keep you on track to what you want, need and have to do to make it work.

Second, you probably would benefit by finding a “consultant” of sorts. By that I don’t mean some high priced character that overcharges for little results. I’m talking about finding a mentor in someone who’s “been there and done that”. Try to seek out a few local or regional food producers. They might be up for offering professional assistance to a degree. How to find local producers…easy…go to your grocery store and look at food items that are NOT national brands.
Chances are you’ll run across a few. It doesn’t matter what kind of food item it is…just make sure it’s in keeping with where you would seek your product placement. Also, contact a few local Food Brokerage Companies to seek advice.

Third, you might want to focus solely on local product placement FIRST. National and international is a whole other ballgame. Now, it doesn’t mean you can’t do it but I think with local product placement comes better quality control on a smaller scale. Once you involve national and overseas product placement, you have to deal with all kinds of things from (Language translation/marketing, International food regulations, USDA regulations, Worldwide logistics issues-Export licenses, Freight, Storage, Shipping…)

Just a few thoughts off the top of my head….

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Business Optimization Consulting

John asks…

I have extensive PPC Advertising knowledge.How can I find people looking for help setting up their campaigns?

I have experience with Yahoo! Search Marketing, Google Adwords, MSN AdCenter and many 2nd Tier Engines. I’d like to start consulting but don’t know where to begin. What do I charge for my services?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

There are many companies/web businesses offering PPC consultancy and support. Search engine optimization companies often include this service. I suggest you check out their websites and study their offerings.

Bruceclay.com http://www.bruceclay.com/web_ppctoolset.htm charges $14 per keyword per month (even if your spend is thousands of dollars) with a $1750 per month minimum.

Portent Interactive http://www.portentinteractive.com/services_ppc.htm charges a fixed monthly PPC management fee, on a sliding scale based on the amount you’re spending on click charges. So if you spend $500-1000/month, for example, you’d pay Portent $500/month.

Other firms charge a percentage based on total click charges. That means you pay for clicks whether they bring you business or not – and anyone can generate traffic.

As for getting customers, then I suppose one way would be to use what you say as your extensive knowledge in PPC in getting customers for your business.

Laura asks…

what are more tips of getting a customers?

our business is related to computers repair and maintenance and selling the inks and toner for computer printers. i like to have more customers to get in aside from telephone i’ve done what can i do. to have some freebies and how?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Depends what is your demographics. Here is what you can try: (I’ll just copy/paste it:

“Get inbound calls from interested resellers with our live lead transfer technology
Skyrocket your sales with the digital calling platform for audio ads broadcasting.
No telemarketers to manage, no lists to buy.

Through efficient digital calling platforms we will deliver high quality prospects to your phone instantly. We are here to help bring interested referral partners to your company enabling you to skyrocket your sales.

By setting up a Live Transfer campaign you can literally cut your prospecting time by 50% + allowing you to close two to three times as many deals on an annual basis. You might like this campaign so much that you will extend it for soliciting not only channel partners, but also clients. You might choose to do it on a regular basis and add this medium to your current marketing mix.

Yes, it’s pay per call advertising! This is how it’ done:

Concept development

Our experts will help you to identify the main point of your lead transfer campaign. The logistic process from lead call to close must be examined to ensure everyone on board is well coordinated to support the launch of your referral campaign.
Training

Receptionists or inbound sales reps must understand exactly how to handle these types of lead transfer calls. This is absolutely necessary and should not be overlooked.
Message recording for calls transfer

We will help you to move beyond simply delivering a message. We will consult with you on creating an emotional reaction that demands an immediate response. Our system uses the highest quality audio capable of being played over telephone lines (64kbps/sec).
Free calling lists for pay per call advertising

Our proprietary in-house database may be used free of charge. We control an internal database of over 220 Million Numbers nationwide. Our team carefully coordinates with you to leverage proprietary data for maximum return on your lead transfers.
Digital calling vs telemarketing

Telemarketing is proven to be inefficient and expensive to maintain. Our system is different – we offer you only solutions with highest ROI potential.

Our data center can provide all the bandwidth necessary for lead transfers while still maintaining a perfect quality message on every call. Our team closely monitors the lead call reports, while our intricate system of checks and balances ensures flawless call execution and transfer on every single phone call.
Calls transfer optimization

We record ALL transferred calls generated by the pay per call advertising campaign for quality control. Together with our comprehensive lead transfer reporting system, we provide an enormous amount of data for analysis by top management. Our lead transfer reporting system provides data on:

* Precisely how many lead calls were transferred?
* What was their contact information?
* How long were the contacts spoken to?
* What hours of the day and days of the week were most responsive?
* What were the most responsive areas?
* What percentage of lead call transfers were spoken to for over a minute or two?

Once your calls transfer results are analyzed, there are dramatic increases in campaign performance that keep most of our clients coming back again and again.
Why do I need live transfer to generate leads?

Can your existing telemarketing campaign…

* Guarantee that you will be charged ONLY for incoming transferred leads?
* Guarantee your agents leads?
* Provide your calling database?
* Clean your list against the national Do-Not-Call List?
* Require no long term contracts and therefore no reoccurring maintenance costs?
* Offer a low cost GUARANTEE?

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Small Business Consulting Jobs

Carol asks…

I have three rent houses but i still have to work a regular job . My question is can i start a small Business?

for my rentals even if i have hired a manger to take care of them and collect rent . with a small business or home office i want to be able to deduct health insurance for my family and anything else i can legally deduct .

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

You can totally start your own business, but tax wise it might not be in your best interest. Consult your CPA or Tax professional regarding the specifics for your home state. There are many tax benefits on both sides of the fence between holding real estate personally, LLC’s, and Corporations. However, if you just want to create a simple management company that should be alright. If you form a standard C- Corporation health care is 100% deductible that wont be recorded as income, but rather an expense. In California (my home state) LLC’s and S- Corporations aren’t allowed to deduct health care cost because these entities have a flow-through income stream and income is recorded personally not separately as seen with a C- Corporation. The cost of forming a corporation, time, and any fees could out weigh the benefit of deducting the health insurance, but its always worth checking. Consult your CPA and hopefully the cost wont outweigh the benefit.

This book might help you: The Real Estate Investor’s Guide to Corporations, LLCs, and Asset Protection Entities ISBN: 1427797021

Joseph asks…

what is a range of salary expectation for a graduate Human resources/ Business consultant?

I’m going for a job interview if they ask for salary expectations what is the range that is paid in the industry to entry level/ graduate employees in HR/training and business consulting positions? I was thinking along the lines of 45 to 52 k?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I’m not sure where you’re from, but you may be along the right lines. In mid level cities such as Dallas, Denver, Charlotte, Atlanta (not San Fran, NYC, etc.), here’s what I would expect:

Entry level HR: $28K – $45K. Towards the higher end for graduate employees. I don’t think you’re going to get $50K without any experience, and you would probably be lucky to get $45K

Business Consultants can definitely make more than HR. You could easily make $50K for an entry level business consultant gig if you have an MBA.

I think the range you are thinking of is OK to ask for, unless the position is in a smaller town, and it is more HR centric. Then you may want to say $42K – $50K. Either way, in addition to listing a specific salary range, you will want to tell the prospective employer that you’d like the opportunity to work there (if you do), and would just want to be paid fairly for the position.

And since you are entry level, don’t be surprised if they offer much less than you are hoping…and just make that decision if/when it’s offered to you.

You can also check www.salary.com for more detailed information for your area.

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International Business Development Consulting Firms

Mandy asks…

Ways to refine a research my dissertation question?

In what ways could it be argued that the invasion and subsequent war in Iraq violated both International Criminal Law and International Humanitarian Law?

Is this question a good research question or is there ways that it could be refined to make it easier and more manageable for my dissertation.

Any suggestions welcome and thank you for your replies if there is any.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Don’t know if this helps, but look at the Northstar company hired by Bush Adm to audit the Coalition Provisional Government of Iraq in 2004. A husband and wife operating a home-business given a huge Iraq contract which called for CPAs, neither was an accountant, they had no staff or office, and there was no legal tendering process for the contract or competing bids. (Senator Henry Waxman’s words, BBC Doco “Daylight Robbery”) Their main income before hand – designing kitchens. I kid you not.

(second link) “UN Security Council Resolution 1483 (see May 22, 2003) required that the management of Iraq’s funds be “audited by independent public accountants approved by the International Advisory and Monitoring Board of the Development Fund for Iraq.” Similarly, the CPA’s Regulation Number 2 (see June 10, 2003) stated that it had to “obtain the services of an independent, certified public accounting firm.” Instead, the CPA hired North Star Consultants, Inc. (see October 2003), an obscure consulting firm”

Is breaching a UN Security Council Resolution considered a bad thing?

Mary asks…

Do you have a job in finance that involves travel?

I will be graduating next summer and have started looking for jobs. Ideally i’d love to work for a large international company that gives you the opportunity to travel to different countries.
Does anybody have a job like this? Within the finance sector?
Thanks

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

The Finance sector is pretty broad.
The jobs that will send you traveling the globe in finance will be in a couple of areas:

. Consider investment banking. You may have to have an advanced degree, not sure about that. You could try to get a job in corporate development or M&A of a large company. There’s a lot of M&A deal flow out there and people do a lot travelling (I can vouch first hand)

. Consider Professional Services Consulting – Like Accenture, or Bearing Point, or Deloitte Consulting or even Infosys or Cognizant. These firms are global, require degrees, often like folks with analytical/financial backgrounds. The work is five days per week travel typically at a client site, usually not as close to where you live. In fact, if you make it known you would like to travel, you’ll be on the road. This can be a great way to start a career as it gives you much more exposure to the business world at a much higher level than you would normal see just starting out.

. Consider applying for a job with a foreign country. If you have a second language, you’ll be in high demand. If you don’t, you could still consider apply for a position in the UK or Australia. If you end up in the UK, for instance, you can travel all over Europe when you have “Holiday” (Vacation). If Australia, you’d have New Zeland and the Southern part of Asia to explore.

Just some thoughts off the top of my head. Hope it helps.

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Web Application Development Consultant

Mary asks…

What is the difference between ICAO JAA FAA and CAA . Thanks?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Those answers are almost right, a few small corrections:

JAA is usually the Joint Aviation Authority – a European-wide regulatory body. I have not flown in Japan, but they may have a JAA as well

ICAO is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. ICAO tries to standardize each country’s respective aviation regulations so that planes can fly from one country to another under similar regulations and safety standards, that are acceptable to all member nations. Boston is right – ICAO provides standards, the countries provide regulations.

From the ICAO web site:

One of ICAO’s chief activities is standardization, the establishment of International Standards, Recommended Practices and Procedures covering the technical fields of aviation: licensing of personnel, rules of the air, aeronautical meteorology, aeronautical charts, units of measurement, operation of aircraft, nationality and registration marks, airworthiness, aeronautical telecommunications, air traffic services, search and rescue, aircraft accident investigation, aerodromes, aeronautical information services, aircraft noise and engine missions, security and the safe transport of dangerous goods. After a Standard is adopted it is put into effect by each ICAO Contracting State in its own territories. As aviation technology continues to develop rapidly, the Standards are kept under constant review and amended as necessary.

In keeping pace with the rapid development of international civil aviation, ICAO is conscious of the need to adopt in its specifications modern systems and techniques. In recent years, extensive work has been undertaken by ICAO in the areas of reporting aircraft accident and incident data, all-weather operations, automation of air traffic services, the application of computers in meteorological services, aircraft noise, engine emissions and the carriage of dangerous goods by air. ICAO has dealt with the subject of unlawful interference with civil aviation and with questions regarding aviation and the human environment.

I have worked as a consultant to ICAO.

Thomas asks…

Starting a business..How do i get a free government grant?

I heard somewhere the government has grants to help people start a new business. I want to start some stuff in the area for kids..Like a game center and dance club that is liquor and smoke free. Does anyone know how to get these loans?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Getting these loans or grants isn’t always easy, but it is possible, and we hope this information sends you on your way. Good luck with your idea.

Five Small Business Grant Resources

Sometimes even the best business concepts don’t come to fruition due to lack of funding. Lending sources may refuse funding for multiple reasons. For example, you could have a strong business plan but can’t qualify for traditional bank financing because you lack sufficient collateral. Or maybe you can’t come up with a sizable down payment, or your business doesn’t have a long enough track record. See How Can You Increase Your Chances of Getting a Business Loan? For more information.

Fortunately, there are grant programs available through government agencies and private organizations. Here are five of the top sources of small business grants:

1. The Small Business Administration. While the SBA does not offer grants to start or expand small businesses, it can help connect you with government resources for business grants. Visit its Federal Grant Resources page for more information [http://www.sba.gov/services/financialassistance/index.html].

2. Grants.gov. You can find and apply for more than 900 different grants from 26 government agencies [http://www.grants.gov/].

3. State economic development agencies. Each state has an agency that administers business grants. Agency names vary by state, but usually the Department of Commerce or Economic Development Agency is responsible for disbursing business grants. About.com has assembled a list of links to these agencies’ Web sites here [http://usgovinfo.about.com/library/weekly/blstategrants.htm]. Find out about Minority Business Loan Programs.

4. Economic Development Directory. This site hosts an extensive directory of more than 2,000 economic development agencies, consultants, and associations worldwide. Links are constantly being updated, providing access to economic development information for business people, real estate departments, consultants, and brokers.
[http://www.ecodevdirectory.com/]

5. The Foundation Center. This subscription service also offers an extensive amount of free information. It also offers a helpful online orientation to grant seeking, which will take you through the funding research process step by step. The subscription fee entitles you to access its directory of more than 80,000 grant makers. [http://fconline.fdncenter.org/]

To get a business loan, and possibly through one of the previously mentioned routes, here’s Five Things You Can Do to Increase Your Chances of Getting a Business Loan:

There are a number of things you can do to improve your chances of securing a bank loan. Here are five of the most important:

1. Have a sound business plan. Having a solid business plan is your best shot at getting a loan. But it also must be a complete and well-presented plan. It’s especially important to polish your executive summary. This one- to three-page summary of your business is what bankers look at first — if they like what they see, they might read on.

2. Invest your own money. Another way to improve your chances of getting a loan is to put some of your own money on the line. Lenders typically like to see that owners have at least a 25 percent equity stake in the businesses they finance.

3. Rent, don’t buy. Bankers also favor businesses that plan to rent rather than purchase a building. That’s because lenders prefer that you invest in assets that generate income, like inventory and equipment. Bankers also frown on high renovation costs.

4. Check out your credit report. Reviewing your own credit report before you start the application process can also put you ahead of the game. Lenders use your personal credit history to help them decide whether you’re a good risk for a loan, so it pays to know what they’ll find. If your report shows a mistake, contact the credit reporting agency and demand a correction. If your credit report shows legitimate late payments or bankruptcies, you should include a letter with your application explaining the circumstances and how they’ve changed. This can soften the impact of these black marks against you. Always be honest about your credit history — covering up problems is the fastest way to get shown the door.
5. Explore local banks. Don’t assume the bigger the bank, the better your chances of getting a loan. Smaller community banks might be more inclined to finance businesses in their areas, and their loan officers are more likely to give you individual attention.

Here’s an article about how to acquire a government contract:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/4934300.html

Also see these articles for more information:
Classifying Types of Federal Grants: http://www.allbusiness.com/government/government-loans/10469-1.html
What Lenders Look for Before Granting a Small Business Loan:

http://www.allbusiness.com/business-finance/business-loans-government/3532-1.html

Bank Loans for Small Businesses:

http://www.allbusiness.com/business-finance/business-loans/2542-1.html

Here’s the Small Business Association’s Financial Assistance page:

http://www.sba.gov/services/financialassistance/index.html

We wish you the best of luck with your idea, especially because it involved providing for children in your community. Good luck.

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Top Small Business Consulting Firms

Richard asks…

Work experience to get in a top 10 MBA program?

Hi.
I know that in general you need 3/4 years of experience to get in a top MBA school.
My question is: what type of work experience is better appreciated by top business school?

I know that they select people from different background, but I am sure that there must be something they prefer (Management Consulting?, I-Banking?, etc)
Do they prefer big known companies to smaller ones?

Thanks

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

You are in the same position as a friend of mine. You do need a solid work experience from finance or brokerage firm.

Thomas asks…

What qualifications do you need for a website/graphic designer?

Okay, i’m in year 10 and i pick my GCSE subjects. :s I want to be a website or graphic designer and i need to know what qualifications i need. I’ve tried to search on my school’s career program but since it’s out of date, i haven’t got a clue. Can anyone help me? :S

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Try looking at this websites:

http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos090.htm

Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement [About this section] Back to Top Back to Top

A bachelor’s or an associate degree in graphic design is usually required for a job as a graphic designer. Creativity, communication, and problem solving skills and familiarity with computer graphics and design software also are important.

Education and training. A bachelor’s degree is required for most entry-level and advanced graphic design positions; although some entry-level technical positions may only require an associate degree. Bachelor’s degree programs in fine arts or graphic design are offered at many colleges, universities, and private design schools. Most curriculums include studio art, principles of design, computerized design, commercial graphics production, printing techniques, and Web site design. In addition to design courses, a liberal arts education that includes courses in art history, writing, psychology, sociology, foreign languages and cultural studies, marketing, and business are useful in helping designers work effectively.

Associate degrees and certificates in graphic design also are available from 2-year and 3-year professional schools. These programs usually focus on the technical aspects of graphic design and include few liberal arts courses. Graduates of 2-year programs normally qualify as assistants to graphic designers or for positions requiring technical skills only. Individuals who wish to pursue a career in graphic design—and who already possess a bachelor’s degree in another field—can complete a 2-year or 3-year program in graphic design to learn the technical requirements.

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredits about 250 postsecondary institutions with programs in art and design. Most of these schools award a degree in graphic design. Many schools do not allow formal entry into a bachelor’s degree program until a student has successfully finished a year of basic art and design courses. Applicants may be required to submit sketches and other examples of their artistic ability.

Increasingly, employers expect new graphic designers to be familiar with computer graphics and design software. Graphic designers must keep up with new and updated software, on their own or through software training programs.

Other qualifications. In addition to postsecondary training in graphic design, creativity, communication, and problem-solving skills are crucial. Graphic designers must be creative and able to communicate their ideas visually, verbally, and in writing. They also must have an eye for details. Designers show employers these traits by putting together a portfolio—a collection of examples of a person’s best work. A good portfolio often is the deciding factor in getting a job.

Because consumer tastes can change quickly, designers also need to be well read, open to new ideas and influences, and quick to react to changing trends. The ability to work independently and under pressure are equally important traits. People in this field need self-discipline to start projects on their own, to budget their time, and to meet deadlines and production schedules. Good business sense and sales ability also are important, especially for those who freelance or run their own firms.

Advancement. Beginning graphic designers usually receive on-the-job training and normally need 1 to 3 years of training before they can advance to higher positions. Experienced graphic designers in large firms may advance to chief designer, art or creative director, or other supervisory positions. Some designers leave the occupation to become teachers in design schools or in colleges and universities. Many faculty members continue to consult privately or operate small design studios to complement their classroom activities. Some experienced designers open their own firms or choose to specialize in one area of graphic design.

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