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These Countries Offer Visas for Entrepreneurs

February 11, 2017 by Jimmy Lewin


These Countries Offer Visas for Entrepreneurs

We have written from time to time about the opportunities for entrepreneurs from other countries to obtain non-immigrant visas by investing in an existing business or by launching a new enterprise in the United States. These visas are part of the U.S. E- 2 visa program. Permanent residency is also available through the U.S. government’s EB-5 program for investors who, in addition to investing a substantial amount of capital, also meet several other important requirements. We thought our readers may also be interested in learning about other countries that offer [Read More]

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Want an E-2 Visa? Think Franchise.

January 30, 2017 by Jimmy Lewin


Want an E-2 Visa Think Franchise.

Many prospective clients come to us to ask for help with the preparation of a business plan that would be submitted as part of a petition (application) for an E-2 visa, commonly referred to as an “Investor Visa.” It is interesting to note that in many instances, these clients have no idea what business they should invest in. Perhaps they should purchase an existing business or invest in a startup. We always recommend that, in these cases, the client should consider purchasing a franchise that operates in an area for [Read More]

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What’s the Difference Between the L-1A and L-1B Visas?

January 16, 2017 by Jimmy Lewin


L1A and L1B Visas

The L-1 classification of visas are called “Intracompany Transferee” visas. These types of visas are used when a U.S. company wishes to transfer an individual or individuals from a foreign affiliated company to its U.S. operations or when a non-U.S. company wishes to transfer an individual to its newly established or existing U.S. business. The central idea is that the individual(s) being transferred are not U.S. citizens and therefore require a visa in order to do the transfer legally. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) categorizes L-1 visas [Read More]

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Choosing the Right Strategy for Funding Your Business

April 7, 2016 by Jimmy Lewin


Capital Formation Strategy

Perhaps you are a new entrepreneur about to launch a business or innovation you have been dreaming about for years. Or maybe you have an established business and things are going well, or maybe even too well. In both instances you are going to need capital – the “oxygen” that every business needs to grow and prosper. So now you are writing your first business plan or touching up the old one in anticipation of raising capital. Capital can only come into a business in one of two ways: capital [Read More]

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Harvest Great Ideas from Your Company’s Best Assets

December 9, 2015 by Jimmy Lewin


the thinking corporation frood

Many businesses, large and small, have a huge source of great ideas that can help them improve, innovate, and grow, and yet so many of these companies never think of using this amazing corporate asset. What is this highly valuable asset? Its own people. Says David Frood, the author of The Thinking Corporation, “Given that we are all capable of contributing new ideas, the question becomes how do you successfully generate, capture, process and implement ideas?” Becoming an organization capable of answering this question can benefit in a number of [Read More]

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Stick with Your Concept but Do Your Homework

November 19, 2015 by Jimmy Lewin


Do Your Business Plan Research

A local restaurant owner stopped by the office last week. He has operated a neighborhood sushi restaurant for 5 years and decided that it is time to open a second location. We assumed that he meant that it was time to open a second location of his current concept but we were wrong. He wants to open a new concept. He mentioned that he was aware of a troubled restaurant in a good location and thought that he could buy the restaurant and then re-open in that space. He came [Read More]

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Execution Makes a Good Restaurant (and its Business Plan) Great

October 27, 2014 by Jimmy Lewin


restaurant business planning

At Cayenne Consulting we’ve written dozens and dozens of business plans and created an equal number of financial forecasts for our restaurant and hospitality clients. For the most part, we can proudly claim that our clients love our work and, equally as important, our clients’ lenders and investors love our work as well. This success has caused us to sit back and wonder if there is really a differentiating factor between the way we develop business plans for this sector and the way other plans are written. In speaking with [Read More]

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E-2 Business Plan Update

September 5, 2014 by Jimmy Lewin and Akira Hirai


E2 Business Plan Update

Our clients come to us from all over the world. Many, it turns out, are entrepreneurs and investors who wish to acquire or establish businesses in the United States but are not citizens or legal residents of the U.S. In order to own and work in a business in the U.S., a foreign entrepreneur must apply for and receive an immigration visa from the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS), an agency of the U.S. Government. One of the most important requirements of the immigration authorities is that the [Read More]

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First Impressions

June 30, 2014 by Jimmy Lewin and Akira Hirai


First Impressions

We recently came across a website called Visual-Signature (no longer live). The founder, Zainab Gibrine, is an image consultant and corporate executive based in Dubai. The site is focused on how job seekers and others can use their image to “advance their professional and personal ambitions.” We thought there were some interesting lessons to be learned for our readers who are primarily entrepreneurs. Ms. Gibrine suggests that “appearance, nonverbal communication, and body language all play a role in your interactions with others.” Our frequent readers realize that we are not [Read More]

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How is that Strategic Alliance Working Out?

May 28, 2014 by Jimmy Lewin and Akira Hirai


Strategic Alliance

If you answered that question, “not so great” you are not alone. Strategic alliances (often referred to as partnerships) can be very effective ways to achieve a goal or goals that you might not be able to achieve on your own, but they do not always work. Before we tell you why they are difficult to execute and how you can make them work better for you, let’s take a look at what a strategic alliance is and how you can use them. A strategic alliance happens when your company [Read More]

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