Jim Arkebauer (Ark-a-bower) has been an entrepreneur for over 40 years. His original manufacturing company evolved into a mini-conglomerate with equity interest in ten diverse companies. After successfully selling this first company, he took his second company public and his interests and the company were then acquired by ALCOA. He founded and sold several other firms including an advertising, public relations and marketing firm and then entered the securities business as a Registered Representative with an involvement in corporate finance. He founded his present firm, Venture Associates, an investment banking and management-consulting firm in 1982.
His experience in corporate finance includes all phases of this discipline. He has reviewed thousands of business plans (500 plus a year) encompassing all industrial areas in both products and services. Arkebauer has been involved in risk analysis and evaluation of many new technologies, assembled management teams, and structured and implemented equity and debt placements, including publicly held companies (40 plus), numerous private placements and extensive management consulting.
He is the author of numerous articles and eight business books including:
Leading-Edge Business Planning for Entrepreneurs (Dearborn Financial Publishing - 1999)
GOING PUBLIC - 3rd Edition Everything You Need to Know to Take Your Company Public, Including Internet Direct Public Offerings (Dearborn Financial Publishing - 1998)
GOLDEN ENTREPRENEURING - Entrepreneuring for Seniors (McGraw-Hill - 1995)
The McGraw-Hill Guide to Writing a High-Impact Business Plan - (McGraw-Hill - 1995)
Jim is a Founder, and Chairman Emeritus of the Rockies Venture Club (www.rockiesventureclub.org), a nationally recognized 26-year-old not-for-profit organization devoted to promoting entrepreneurship. He is considered a specialist in founding and financing growth companies and is a frequent lecturer on venture capital, successful financial marketing and entrepreneurship. Jim was the 2010 recipient of the Pearsall Award for Lifetime Entrepreneurial Achievement and is listed in several editions of "Who's Who." and recognized as an authority on Regulation D Private Placement Memorandums.