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Idea of $1 Business License to Help Emerging Startups Win Support

Black news from Pasadena - Small Business - Reduced start up license feesNew high tech and other small startup businesses coming to Pasadena may qualify for a reduced business license fee of only $1 for the first year under plans given initial approval on October 20, 2014 by the Pasadena City Council.

The Council approved the idea of friendly business license fees for startups and voted to have staff bring back formal change to the City's schedule of fees and taxes. The change is expected to take effect on January 1, 2015.

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Hidden Fundraising Challenges - Part Two

Black news from Pasadena - Small Business - Fundraising challenges  part twoNot all fundraising challenges lie in the actions – or lack of action – by donors, board members, staff and volunteers. Some are hidden in plain sight. Consider the following.

The will to fund raise. If you don't want to fundraise, don't make it a priority, and don't invest time and money in fundraising, chances are you don't have the will to fundraise. Will and willingness are related, but not the same. Willingness is an attitude: will is the application of willingness. It is evident in the actions you take and don't take. Do you visit with people in person? Do you ask for financial and in-kind support? Are you building a corps of fundraising volunteers, or do you try to do it yourself when you have the time?

Overcoming the business-as-usual mentality. Fundraising is competitive. You have to constantly lead with your uniqueness while fulfilling your mission and understanding the needs and concerns of donors and funders. You can't go on autopilot. Take time to consider where your support lies, where it could lie, and how to test your supposition. Take small risks, evaluate the results, and keep innovating.

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