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DA LOBSTA - $70,000 RAISED IN 5 DAYS

by Team Bolstr

Da Lobsta

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FUNDING & BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Over $1 million in sales in year one
  • First to market - Currently No Direct Competitors
  • Featured on: Windy City Live, ABC, and WGN News!

ABOUT DA LOBSTA:

Da Lobsta is a quick service lobster roll eatery in...

BANG BANG PIE SHOP - $40,000 RAISED IN 24 HOURS

by Team Bolstr

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FUNDING & BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • $40,000 raised in the Bolstr MARKETPLACE
  • Funding raised in 24 hours!
  • Zagats top 30 under 30 Chefs in 2014
  • "Best Biscuits in America" by Food & Wine
  • "Best of Chicago" two years running by Chicago Magazine
  • ...

VINTAGE CONFECTIONS - $30,000 RAISED on BOLSTR

by Team Bolstr

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FUNDING AND BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • $30,000 raised in the Bolstr MARKETPLACE 
  • Funding accessed in under 3 days! 
  • 229% YoY Avg Sales Growth (last 3 yrs.)
  • Featured in Martha Stewarts Living / Wedding and on ABC's The View
  • CFO / Partner...

BEN FINCH ON BREWING, BUSINESS AND CHI-TOWN

by Team Bolstr

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Bolstr isn’t just a market where investors and businesses come to write checks. It’s a place where businesses can come to share best practices and industry expertise and talk about what makes businesses in CHI tick.

We spoke with Ben Finch, the...

SMALL BUSINESSES LOOKING TO GROW: HIRE "DO-ERS"

by Team Bolstr

Building a balanced team

Small business owners tend to micromanage. It’s natural – that’s what happens when you care about your work and have built your business from the ground up. But being chronically unable to delegate your work can keep your...

THE PROS AND CONS OF RAISING EQUITY CAPITAL

by Team Bolstr

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The process of selling equity can be a tricky business, so we've put together a list of considerations specifically for small business owners exploring raising equity capital to scale.

Why Sell Equity

Selling equity has a number of...

GROW YOUR CHICAGO RESTAURANT BY SHOWING:

by Team Bolstr

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Why restaurants in Chicago should create and curate successful food-blogs

The food scene is thriving in Chicago. With 25 Michelin-starred restaurants, farmers markets galore and award-winning chefs opening up new restaurants almost every month,...

LEADERSHIP TACTICS THAT ACTUALLY MATTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS

by Team Bolstr

Scaling your brand requires the right leadership tactics

Small business leaders are passionate about their work. More often than not, they’ve built their business from the ground up and are looking for opportunities to grow their brand. However,...