Sara Hand And Associates

More than just a place to retire…

More than just a place to retire…

By on Sep 8, 2012 in Business Development, Community/Economic Development, Sara Hand And Associates | 0 comments

We already know that Southwest Florida (SWFL) is a great place to retire. Yet more than just a place to retire, golf and fish; SWFL has also become a place where entrepreneurs looking for quality lifestyle are choosing to build their businesses and choosing to relocate. With many of these companies at an early stage of development and often pre-revenue, they may not yet be headliners for news. However, in an economic climate that becomes more and more entrepreneur friendly, it won’t be long before they do become known. Into this entrepreneurial landscape, welcome the Gulf Coast Venture Forum (GCVF). An angel investor network with chapters in Sarasota and Naples, the GCVF supports the entrepreneurial and business communities by organizing angel investors. SWFL is home to a significant number of individuals with the means to be considered accredited investors according to the SEC, and is a part time residence to even more potential investors. The GCVF exists to bridge the gap between the entrepreneur and the potential investor. During 2011-2012 investment season we received 246 business plan submissions through our business vetting process and facilitated potential investment for the 22 companies that were chosen to present to the organization in both Sarasota and Naples venues. Why angel investors? According to the report The Angel Investor Market In 2011: The Recovery Continues by Jeffrey Sohl from the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire: “Angel investments continue to be a significant contributor to job growth with the creation of 165,600 new jobs in the United States in 2011, or 2.5 jobs per angel investment.” With early stage investments recovering this last season from a 2009 and 2010 slump, angel investors benefit through participating in angel networks by sharing the work of due diligence and deal flow management among themselves. Through an investor network like the GCVF, entrepreneurs benefit by gaining exposure to wider set of potential investors and a structured process that facilitates a relatively quick and efficient investment decision. Most early stage ventures suitable for seeking angel investor funds have the potential for significant growth and compelling exit strategy. Typical individual investments for companies that successfully move through the due diligence process range from $25,000 to...

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Back to Basics Bootcamp with Sara Hand

By on Jul 5, 2012 in Bootcamp, Business Development, Events, Sara Hand And Associates | 0 comments

Prepare and Position for Success! With more than 45 clients over the last five years, Sara Hand has been the secret weapon for individuals and corporations who desire an experienced business-development strategist to identify new profit opportunities and practical courses of action. On July 27, 2012, Sara Hand will be hosting a “Back to Business Basics: Profitability Bootcamp”  for a limited number of business professionals in the Gulf Coast region. The session will share the key principles of “profit-opportunity identification” and the pragmatic planning necessary to exploit those opportunities with systems and tools useful to implementation. The session is limited to businesses with a capitalization range of $30,000 to $400,000. The cost is $179. The day will start at 8:15 for check-in, networking with other particpants and early morning refreshments. During the morning, we will look at 4 crucial components of success. You unique value proposition – What makes you unique and special? – Why do your clients use you and not someone else? ? – Why should they use you? – If everything is equal, business is all about price. Is that what you want to compete on? Your market – Everyone is not your prospect. – Who do you provide the most value to? – Who is it you most enjoy working with? Your model – How do you make money? – How could you increase revenues? – Focus? Your message – Crafting a message that connects what makes you unique to the ideal prospect you identified and results in increased revenue and influence.   After lunch: From prospect to referral what does it take to support your message to profitability? The system – Do you reinvent the wheel with every prospect? The tools – Do you have the tools to support your system? The mindset – How do you deal with the neagtive buzz in the media? – How do you pick up the phone or meet with person after person? AND the TEAM! – Success does not happen in a vacuum. – It takes people – AND people who know how to work together. Ticket Choices Back to Basics$179.00 USD Katz$150.00 USD   Yes, it will be a full day! However I believe and have seen...

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Notes from SFL Code Camp 2012

Notes from SFL Code Camp 2012

By on Feb 21, 2012 in Business Development, Funding, Sara Hand And Associates, Sara Hand Speaking | 0 comments

This last weekend I had the opportunity to attend the well organized  SFL Code Camp held at the beautiful Huizenga Sales Institute on the Nova Southeastern University Campus. It was a great opportunity to attend some excellent sessions, such as the Kinect with mobile integration with my friend Kevin Wolf. Organizers say the day weighed in with around 800 attendees. For those of you that had the opportunity to attend my crash course on Early Stage Funding and Your Startup, here are the notes. Early Stage Funding and Your Startup Business Hope to see you at the Orlando for the Code Camp coordinated  by the Orlando DotNet Group and Esteban Garcia.       At our Friday night kick-off for speakers, Joe Healy and Nikita Polykov show off their latest shirts from the Soutern Most Users’ Group held several days before in Key West. They are not S.M.U.G. for nothing.               ...

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Jacksonville Code Camp Rocks

By on Aug 27, 2011 in Business Development, Community/Economic Development, Sara Hand And Associates, Sara Hand Speaking | 0 comments

Despite the threat of rain from Hurricane Irene, the Jacksonville Code Camp has been an awesome event. Great turn out, excellent speakers, Kilwin’s icecream for dessert and the SWAG just kept coming at the closing session. If you would like a copy of the power point slides from my presentation… Early Stage Funding and Your Start UP  click here. From the scheduling to the after hours events, Bayer White and his team did a great job of making the event feel flawless. Although there are probably some good stories about that on the staff side. I personally am looking forward to the Jacksonbille Code Camp next year and to getting to know better some of the new people I just met. If you are available –  Mark your schedules for out BarCamp Sarasota October 15th and 16th event in...

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Looking for Money…The Workshop

By on Nov 5, 2010 in Events, Sara Hand And Associates | 0 comments

Everything has changed in the last couple years, if you haven’t taken a good look and overhauled your revenue model…Now would be a good time. In this workshop we will look at your business and the way your business generates income. We will consider your core competencies, and how you could leverage what you currently have available to increase revenue.  We will examine current product and service offerings for opportunities here to provide better value.  TWO questions you will be able to answer: How can I leverage the time money and effort I am putting into my business? How can I expand my business and gain market share with limited resources? If you have felt frustrated, wondering how or what changes you could make…this is a great workshop for you. Join Sara on Thursday, November 11th 8AM-10AM For “Looking for Money? The Workshop” Because of the amount of material to cover, seating is limited and pre-registration is a must. Pricing $97 Payment accepted: Check, Visa, Discover, Master Card and American Express Discover where your money is and what you can do about it...

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