Startup Funding

Or “Business Funding” in general. You may need funding for “Proof of Concept” or to grow an already promising business.


Business + Financial Plan

Someone once said “No business plan is wrong….until proven otherwise”!

True, but by the time you figure out your plan does not work, you may have lost a lot of money. You also may have lost valuable investors’ interest!

To get any investor remotely interested in handing you a check, your business plan must make sense and tie in with a promising, but realistic financial plan.

Using experts, people with experience to validate your plan is worth the money!

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Putting a financial model and annual budget together is relatively easy. You just put some numbers in and make them look good.

Making sure they are realistic, tied into your business plan and “smooth for the casual eye” for potential investors, is something else.

Remember “liars can figure….but figures don’t lie!”. Don’t massage your numbers to make things look good. Investors will look straight through it.

Create a promising yet realistic plan that makes sense and ties into the numbers and vice versa!

Insurance Risk Analysis

Starting or running a business without (the right) insurance is like playing Russian Roulette. It sets you up for potential disaster. It’s not a matter of if, but when that disaster could sink your endeavor.

When evaluating an insurance agent/broker to work with from a start-up’s perspective is important as it could impact several steps in the start up process.

It’s crucial in the start up process that you align with a broker who has the experience in bringing a company from “drawing board” to execution. Someone who can guide the start-up through the phases and can understand and recommend the necessary insurance coverage.  Someone who has the contacts and insurance markets available to provide the insurance throughout the process.

Investor Meetings

The biggest mistake you can make is to present an incomplete or unrealistic plan to your best potential investor.

Get organized, create the right plan for the right audience and test it on low risk investors.

The first round of low risk investors will tell you where your plan falls short, and where your numbers are unrealistic. Tweak your plan and numbers for the next round.

Get organized, plan and get ready for the big guns. Get help from professionals to do so.


Critical Success Factors

An Idea Is Not A Business

An idea may catch the attention of a potential investor.

To get him/her to hand you a check, you’ll need to be able to show a business plan, a financial model and a budget that make sense.

Connect The Dots

Make sure your business plan and financial plan is consistent.

The plan must support the numbers and vice versa.

Increasing marketing activity, while showing decreased marketing spending does not make sense!

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Exit Strategy

Why would an investor hand you a check, even if your plan and numbers look fabulous, if there’s no carrot for him/her at the end?

Define an exit strategy, one that provides the investor with an ROI, as well as provides a respectable return for you.



“During my coaching sessions;  the startup business always wants to know when to bring this to the investor?  While that is the goal, just like any game, that pitch comes after the work has been done.

 I have to temper enthusiasm with a dose of reality.  The investor is looking at this from return on investment so we have to spot on before we bring the business to that step.”

- Marc Slafsky

Expert Business Consultants

The world class team I work with, when helping startups, small businesses and corporations.

Marc Slafsky - WorldWide Local Connect - Co Founder

Marc Slafsky – CEO

Hans van Putten - WorldWide Local Connect - Co Founder

Hans van Putten – CMO

Peter Dragone - WorldWide Local Connect - Co Founder

Peter Dragone – CFO

Jaap Zandbergen - WorldWide Local Connect - Network

Jaap Zandbergen – Go 2 Market Strategist – Europe Specialist

Kelly Martin - WorldWide Local Connect - Network

Kelly Martin – Art Director

Jerlin Joseph - WorldWide Local Connect - Network

Jerlin Joseph – Senior Software Engineer

Clifford Watkin - WorldWide Local Connect - Network

Cliff Watkin – Chief People Officer

Scott Bostley - WorldWide Local Connect - Network

Scott Bostley – Chief Benefit Strategy Officer

Marc Slafsky - WorldWide Local Connect - Co Founder

Marc Slafsky – CEO

Certified Insurance Councilor (CIC); Entrepreneur; Business Coach Insurance and Networking Specialist/ Startup Catalyst

Marc Slafsky has built an extensive book of clients throughout the East Coast by becoming a trusted business advisor and mentor.  He has over thirty years of commercial insurance experience.

Prior to WWLC, Marc owned his own insurance agency and, later, worked for large regional insurance agencies.  Marc now works for bank owned insurance agencies where he helps startups with their funding and insurance challenges.

Marc has a passion for networking & teaching, and a particular interest in helping startups thrive.  In his spare time he is a business coach.  March is writing a book on business networking.

Marc has multiple degrees from Bentley University.

Hans van Putten - WorldWide Local Connect - Co Founder

Hans van Putten – CMO

Co-Founder WWLC – Owner 40ParkLane,llc – Digital Marketing| Web Design | Operational Mgt. – Startup and Small Business Quarterback.

Hans van Putten owned and ran operations of his food manufacturing company for 17+ years building the Carolyn’s Handmade brand under the umbrella of 40ParkLane,llc.

After the successful sale of the food business, he took advantage of the years of digital marketing, web design, operations management, photography and graphic design experience , to help startups and small businesses, and has been involved in a number of start-up ventures since.

Prior to founding 40parkLane,llc Hans worked for the Gillette Company for 10 years in various financial roles of increasingly greater responsibility, culminating in his last position as Director of Business Planning for The International Group at Gillette HQ, Boston. Hans has an MBA (Marketing & International Business) from Aston University, and a BA in Business Administration from IHBO de Maere.

Peter Dragone - WorldWide Local Connect - Co Founder

Peter Dragone – CFO

Co-Founder WWLC – Co-Founder – Keurig Inc. | Financial Planning | Fundraising
Startup Advisor

Mr. Dragone has spent the past fifteen plus years as an acting/consulting CFO for a number of start-ups in a wide range of industries.

Peter’s prior experience is that of a serial entrepreneur, managing various start-up and turnaround projects, including DB Thin Films, Sulzer Metaplas and Monsoon Kitchens.   He was a co-founder of Keurig, Inc., now the multi-billion dollar Keurig/Green Mountain Inc. owned by JAB Holding Co.

Previously, Mr. Dragone was a senior financial/operational manager for Chiquita Brands International.  He moved to Chiquita after working in international banking at BankBoston.

He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MA (in Spanish) from Middlebury College and a BA from Colby College.

Jaap Zandbergen - WorldWide Local Connect - Network

Jaap Zandbergen – Go 2 Market Strategist – Europe Specialist

Owner RINT bv – Textiles / Design / Go2Market Strategy / Re- and Upcycling / 

Entrepreneur in the Creative Industry / Scale -and  Startups / Local to Local

Jaap Zandbergen worked his 25+ career in the Textile and Design Industry and was CEO in weaving mills and printing mills in interior textiles, the clothing industry and technical textiles for the (petro) chemical Industry. He has a huge background in working with different cultures because of his broad sales -and sourcing experiences within Japan, China, Asia, Europe and North America.

Recently Jaap works for EASME  (European Small and Medium Enterprises)  under the EU Program H2020, Phase I and Phase II in pure eco-innovative products. He has mentored several companies all over Europe during their scaling up and worked with plastic recycling companies, improving Go2Market for fashion and design companies preventing waste and minimizing design time and developing international strategies for upcycling companies in cellulosic waste and combining with algorithm for local to local production facilities.

During his career in textile Jaap was more than 10 years Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Design Academy Eindhoven. The DAE was named as the most important Design Institute in the world by the New York Times. Jaap has a BA in Business Administration from IHBO de Maere and followed entrepreneurial courses at Rotterdam Erasmus University. Jaap was elected Chairman of the International Mohair Association and CITA (an European Producers Organization to stop counterfeit in textiles and fashion)

Kelly Martin - WorldWide Local Connect - Network

Kelly Martin – Art Director

Kelly is an experienced creative with a history of projects completed on various platforms, including print, web design, signage, photography and video. With a variety of expertise, in education, retail and biotechnology, her well rounded knowledge of various industries, and platforms is an asset to any project. She has experience leading teams, recruiting and developing talent.


Photoshop, Illustrator, Web Design, Print Design,  Photography, Video Editing


Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh 2001, Webmaster Certification, Moraine Park Technical College, 2002, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Digital Multi-media 2006

Jerlin Joseph - WorldWide Local Connect - Network

Jerlin Joseph – Senior Software Engineer

With over a decade of industrial experience as Software Engineer in Java and Oracle Technologies, Jerlin is experienced in all phases of development – from requirements to implementation. He has work experience with clients, as well as development teams. A natural leader, he is versed in mobile applications development, as well as web development . He also possesses a strong knowledge of Object Oriented Concepts. Well acquainted with SDLC and Agile methodology, he excels at problem solving and critical thinking. With the ability to learn new technologies quickly, and to use existing technologies at an optimal level, he is an asset to any team. With strong analytic and problem solving skills, no challenge is too great. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills round out his skillset.


Java, plsql, javascript, perl, VB SOAP Web Services, Maven, Ant Oracle, DB2 Windows, UNIX. Struts, Struts2 Jdeveloper, Eclipse, Sql developer, CVS, SVN, Toad, Autosys, Sonar, Jenkins, WordPress


Master of Computer Applications Jun 2003 — Dec 2006 Bachelor of Computer Applications Jun 2000 — May 2003 M.A College of Engineering B.P.C College Piravom 

Clifford Watkin - WorldWide Local Connect - Network

Cliff Watkin – Chief People Officer

Clifford Watkin has a stellar record of success helping companies implement human resources strategies that supplement growth, attract and retain talent, and embrace diversity.

Clifford has created comprehensive employee acquisition and retention strategies for private sector employers, professional services firms and non-profit organizations. His work covers the gamut of HR issues including legal compliance, performance management, on-boarding and creating effective corporate cultures.

His personal experience drives his passion to help bring about success for minority-owned businesses and corporate organizations. Assisting companies to develop and manage a diverse workforce brings together smart business practices and policies that improve top line revenue, bottom line growth and increased employee satisfaction. In South Africa, where Clifford grew up, he saw first-hand the difference it can make when people have equal access to capital, land, education and resources.

Clifford is a regular speaker at the Northeast Human Resources Association and Employee Benefits Council. Writing for the Boston Business Journal and Employee Benefits News, Clifford is a reliable human resources expert. Clifford is also an adjunct faculty member in Human Resources for Salem State University and SHRM certification instructor at North Shore Community College. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Northeastern University.

In 2017, Clifford was selected to be the HR strategic adviser for Eastern Bank’s Business Equity Initiative, a program developed to help accelerate the growth of Hispanic and African-American owned local enterprises.

Scott Bostley - WorldWide Local Connect - Network

Scott Bostley – Chief Benefit Strategy Officer

As a founding Member of Benefit Strategy Partners, Scott specializes in advising employers on group health, life and disability benefit funding methods, plan design, cost containment, flexible benefits, and state and federal compliance issues.

Scott began working for several national insurance carriers before working at a national brokerage firm and then starting BSP. With over 20 years of experience, Scott has a strong knowledge of the total delivery system and funding options that afford clients the most cost effective solutions for their employee benefit needs.

Scott has experience in all aspects of health and welfare plans. Scott has designed, underwritten, communicated and implemented managed care, HRA/HSA compatible and indemnity medical plans, dental plans, vision plans, prescription drug plans, short and long term disability plans, life and AD&D plans, flexible spending accounts (section 125), employee assistance programs (EAPs), business travel accident plans, stop loss, enrollment services and voluntary worksite benefit plans.

Scott is a Founder of People and Culture Consortium (P&CC), where Human Resources and Benefits professionals connect, share, discuss and network with their peers.

Scott is a current member of New England Employee Benefits Council (NEEBC), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Massachusetts Association of Health Underwriters (MAHU), Human Resources Leadership Forum (HRLF) and USA500. He is also a Trustee of NanCamp. This is a non-profit organization that our family founded and sends children affected by cancer to summer camp. We’ve been doing this for 20+ years and have served over 400 children.

Happy Clients

“I worked with Hans for many years as he grew the Carolyn’s brand. His leadership and forward thinking expanded the product offerings and the customer base as well as implementing new technologies in marketing and data analysis.”

-Jennifer Bennett

“He puts out great and thoughtful work!”

-David Dowd

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Marc Slafsky