Scams and Frauds: Part VI – The Penny Stock Scam

We’ve all heard of penny stocks.  The SEC defines a “penny stock” as low-priced shares of small companies that typically trade infrequently, generally over the counter and not on a stock exchange. It is sometimes difficult to find price quotes on these companies and to obtain accurate pricing. They’re the cheap stocks that we can … More Scams and Frauds: Part VI – The Penny Stock Scam

Holiday Scams and Frauds – Part V: Advance-Fee Loan Businesses

The holidays continue to be a prime target time for scammers to take advantage of people at their most vulnerable; when they are stressed and pressed for time. Sometimes small business owners have had a bad year and they just want to get a loan to tide them over for a short while until business … More Holiday Scams and Frauds – Part V: Advance-Fee Loan Businesses

Holiday Scams and Frauds – Part III: Vanity Scams

Everyone likes to be acknowledged that they’re doing a good job, and awards are part and parcel of not only being validated in that but also being able to show it to others as confirmation of one’s expertise or prowess – and more importantly, to stand out from competitors. Believe it or not, there is … More Holiday Scams and Frauds – Part III: Vanity Scams

Holiday Scams and Frauds – Part II: Funding Scams

We’re continuing on our Holiday Scams & Frauds Series and we’re going to go deeper into yesterday’s topic of business opportunity scams – but this time we’re going corporate. What’s meant here is that there are scams of all kinds, and some apply to individuals – and some apply to businesses.  Businesses get scammed all … More Holiday Scams and Frauds – Part II: Funding Scams

How To Prepare for A Merger or Acquisition: Part II of Our Mergers and Acquisitions Series

So we have talked before about choosing which is right for you, merging or acquiring.  If want it to go well, though, you’ve got to roll up your sleeves and do your homework, and this is what we’re addressing today – how to make the process as seamless as possible, how to anticipate possible hiccups. … More How To Prepare for A Merger or Acquisition: Part II of Our Mergers and Acquisitions Series

Energy-from-Waste: Tips on How to Get Your WtE Project Funded

Waste is part of our everyday lives. It’s that tissue we use, the paper towel to clean up a mess, leftovers that have gone bad, the leftover wrappings of a present, a computer that is no longer needed, or a battery that’s dead. Most of the time, this all goes into landfill.  But for the … More Energy-from-Waste: Tips on How to Get Your WtE Project Funded

Hydropower Project Finance – What is it, How to get it

Today we’re continuing on our green power project finance series and moving on to hydropower, or hydroelectricity.  Hydroelectricity is electricity generated by hydropower, where electrical is produced through the use of the gravitational force of falling or flowing water (think of a dam). It’s a vast source of renewable energy and today hydro-powered electricity accounts … More Hydropower Project Finance – What is it, How to get it

Wind Power Project Finance – The What, the How, and the Where

To continue with this series of Green Power Project Financing, we’re talking today about wind energy. Wind energy has really become integrated into our culture, worldwide in fact, over the last couple of decades.  We developed wind mills that harnessed energy, started popping them up a little bit everywhere, then the technology developed even more, … More Wind Power Project Finance – The What, the How, and the Where

Trust in Business: The (Old) New Frontier?

In the business world today, the trust factor has been replaced by signed agreements and lawyers. We have e-signatures, contracts that are pages and pages long, then other contracts to confirm the first agreement, non-disclosures and non-circumventions, the list goes on.  Point is, trust in business is frighteningly absent.  Not so long ago, deals were … More Trust in Business: The (Old) New Frontier?

Dutifully Doing Your Due Diligence – Part VIII of our Complaints Series

Ah, the Due Diligence.  So needed and yet at times so misunderstood. And what can be misunderstood can be demeaned and griped about.  So here we shall simply explain what the Due Diligence process is when a merchant banker is going through the financing process with their client. Simply put, the Due Diligence process (or … More Dutifully Doing Your Due Diligence – Part VIII of our Complaints Series