Best of Mentoring: Jim Flannery on Putting Company First


Jim Flannery’s mentoring series is all about supporting new entrepreneurs, and how startups can put themselves in the best position to succeed. He and Fran talk about the common themes in the lives of successful entrepreneurs, the importance of listening to customers, and how incubators like Four Athens help startups.

In this session, Jim shares one of his most fundamental pieces of advice for new businesses looking for money: put the company first. Develop the business first, and then go to investors and look for capital when your idea is fully thought through and sustainable.

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About Jim Flannery

Jim Flannery is the Project Director of the Four Athens incubator in Athens, Georgia, helping to promote the startup community in Athens. He provides information, guidance, and assistance on business strategy, business plans, financial planning, and identifying sources of funding for new entrepreneurs. Four Athens is building a foundation for the local startup community by helping entrepreneurs develop their ideas, build the relationships they need to succeed, and get the resources they need to grow.



GoSmallBiz offers small business consulting, CEO advice, and an extensive online learning center for small businesses and entrepreneurs. The mission of is simple – to improve the lives of its customers and give them a better chance at success. The GoSmallBiz business specialists have hundreds of years of combined business experience in both private and public companies, and represent all major industries and professions, including CPAs and specialists in finance, sales, marketing, HR, IT, and operations.