Most entrepreneurs are looking for ways to push their companies to grow and get bigger. But they struggle with decisions about how big they want to become, how much money to keep investing in their company, and how to even go about it. They want more, but they're not sure how to think about the problems, obligations, and risk that come with growth. This is the growth dilemma.
In The Growth Dilemma, Ami Kassar, author and nationally renowned expert on access to capital for entrepreneurs, shows you how to sort through your choices to build your business to the size and complexity that makes the most sense for you. He'll walk you through exercises that help you:
- Answer the crucial million-dollar question
- Figure out what entrepreneurial stage you're in
- Determine your personal risk profile
- dentify your own growth aspirations
Knowing these parts of your puzzle will not only influence how you think about your growth dilemma but also allow you to discover your financing comfort zone. Through the profiles of fifteen real entrepreneurs and companies, you'll also be able to see, throughout the book, examples of how different financing decisions affect every kind of business. As you apply the strategies you learn, you'll find the financing structure that will help you reach your goals.
Ami Kassar is the founder and CEO of MultiFunding, and the author of The Growth Dilemma. He is a small business advocate and a nationally renowned expert on access to capital for entrepreneurs In addition, Kassar writes a regular column for Inc.com and is a speaker at universities and business events across the country on topics such as entrepreneurship and access to capital.Kassar's company, MultiFunding, has helped over 700 entrepreneurs across America raise capital for their businesses.
Kassar is also known for his research on the small business lending market, in which he confronts and challenges some of the largest banks in America for their lending records to small businesses. Kassar concluded that smaller community-oriented banks hold a disproportionately large share of small business loan balances. His research led to the development of Banking Grades, an online tool that grades every US bank on their small business lending.