Signature Assignment: Short-Term Funding

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Purpose of Assignment 

The purpose of this assignment is to allow the student an opportunity to apply their understanding of cash flow management, break-even analysis, and short-term and long-term financing in starting and growing a business.

Assignment Steps 

Resources: OECD Database, Corporate Finance

Prepare a 12- to 15-slide PowerPoint® presentation with speaker notes requesting initial funding of $500,000 to start and run a start-up company. The proposed start-up company could be an existing business model (coffee shop, pet store, etc.) or could be something entirely new and exciting.

Create the presentation in the following format, with at least one slide to cover each of the following areas:

  • Title      Page
  • Table      of Contents
  • Executive      Summary
  • Information      about the Industry
  • Marketing      Plan
  • Competitor      Analysis
  • 3      Year Income Statement (Profit & Loss) Projections
  • Include      your assumptions for why and how you will achieve your sales growth and      what significant expenses and investments you expect to incur to achieve      your revenue goals.
  • 3      Year Proposed Funding Schedule (Sources and uses of the funds received.)
  • Break-Even      Analysis
  • Academic      and Business References

Review the following scenarios and assumption, and explain how it impacts your decision to expand:

  • After      Year 3, the investors are interested in your company expanding      internationally to possibly outsource labor or to reduce manufacturing      costs. What countries would you expand to first, and why? What factors      would you need to consider in making this decision?
  • What      is the corporate tax rate in the countries you are considering expanding      your business to, and how will that affect your decision to expand      globally? (Use OECD Database or another resource to determine the      corporate tax rate).
  • The      investors want to see a decision tree detailing the decisions you would      make if you received $300K now and $200K at the end of three years instead      of $500K up front.
  • The      investors would like your team to provide advantages and disadvantages of      using debt financing versus selling company stock to raise capital for      growth.
  • Briefly      explain the venture capital process. Does it make sense for your company      to raise funds through venture capital?

Format your presentation consistent with APA guidelines.

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