HISTORY - Venture Associates was founded in 1982 as a traditional venture capital firm with an emphasis on financing small public companies. It has evolved into an investment banking and management consulting firm with a focus on capital sourcing. Today, it retains capabilities in these areas with additional strengths in a broad range of management and emerging company consulting specializing in the consulting and preparation of Regulation D Private Placement Memorandums for companies seeking financing, regardless of the industry or worldiwde location.. The firm is based on the principle of providing a high level of professional services with an orientation to results.
ASSOCIATES - Thirty plus years of business oriented networking has enabled Venture Associates to assemble a variety of knowledgeable, hands-on, experienced individuals who cross over a broad range of management disciplines. Experts and specialists are accessible for almost any business or industry need from determining the validity of a concept to going public, selling out or merging. Associates’ are oriented to provide solutions to problems and uncover opportunities.
PRINCIPAL BACKGROUND - Jim Arkebauer, who founded Venture Associates in 1982, has been entrepreneuring for 40 plus years in many types of industries ranging from retailing and manufacturing to public company formation and management.
He has been instrumental in founding dozens of companies, assisted over 40 in going public, and has been reviewing over 500 business plans yearly for the past 35 years.
Jim is involved in risk analysis and the evaluation of many new technologies, assembling management teams, and structuring and implementing debt and equity placements.
He is a co-founder and Chairman of the Board Emeritus of the Rockies Venture Club, one of the countries top entrepreneurial support and networking groups.
For over 20 years, he has been internationally recognized for his specialty in assisting companies with their financing from start-ups to mature enterprises via his expertise in consulting, preparation and financing using the SEC rules and regulations under Regulation D for Private Placement Memorandums.
Jim is a frequent speaker to civic and educational groups on the subjects of entrepreneurship, going public, business planning and financing,
His firm is listed in numerous directories and he has been listed in "Who’s Who in Finance and Industry," "Who’s Who in the West," and "Who’s Who in the World." and was the 2010 recipient of the Pearsall Award for Lifetime Entrepreneurial Achievement
JIm's experience and entrepreneurial exposure has enabled him to author eight business BOOKS -- which combined -- cover the entrepreneurial adventure from the writing of business plans to leading high-growth enterprises and taking companies public. (More Bio Info).
FLEXIBLE COMPENSATION - Venture Associates compensation schedule is in line with industry standards and each transaction is negotiated on an individual basis.
All fees are defined prior to initiating any task. The firm is pleased to quote firm fees for specific projects, nominal fees for consulting, and propose agreements for longer-term endeavors.
We believe that too much advice can be as bad as not enough and fully understand the need for CEOs and management teams to have time to implement advice. Simple agreements describing the responsibilities of both parties are our norm.
Over the years, we have developed an extensive network of associates and consultants. With expertise in, but not limited to: legal, accounting, technical, appraisal, business plans, and in-house specialty consulting, this expertise can be tapped on a case by case basis. We also frequently use their contacts to fulfil board of director or advisory team searches and placements.
Venture Associates seeks to develop relationships with clients who can benefit from our ongoing management expertise, insight and financial know-how. The financial and management requirements of a successful business are continuous. Good performance requires more and better management. Growth demands increased capital. Financial needs and management controls must be constantly monitored as a business evolves. Planning must include viable alternatives and contingencies for various alternatives. Venture Associates delivers continual evaluation and direction to sustain both the short-term and long-term requirements of a company's development.
OUR CONFIDENTIAL COUNSEL OFFERS
A rapidly gained, reasonably thorough understanding of the business in order to put problems and opportunities in perspective.
Additional perspectives gained by experience in a variety of industries and businesses, which can be used to advantage in solving the problems of many other enterprises.
A sounding board for the CEO/Owner and top management team members in expression of problems or planned actions, offering constructive advice in decision making.
Objective review of company performance, gained through analysis of financial and operating performance.
Confidential and objective advice for a company with no outside board of directors or when family members or shareholders may have conflicts of interest.
Second opinions when a CEO has doubts about programs that are proposed by other top management team members.