Great Plains

Looking For a Great Investors & Ideas?

Home to many successful entrepreneurial companies and the perfect location to bring together great ideas and great investors.

Great Plains Capital Conference

The first annual Great Plains Capital Conference will be held in Wichita, Kansas, home to many successful entrepreneurial companies and the perfect location to bring together great ideas and great investors. So submit your business plan and register for this unique and promising opportunity!

Submission Information

Business plans must be submitted by email attachment utilizing Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat format. Elements that must be included are an executive summary, description of business, management team, marketing plan, financial projections and harvest strategy.


Submit Your Business Plans

Conference Information

The First Annual Great Plains Capital Conference will bring together the region’s leading venture capitalists, investors, bankers, accounting and legal professionals for presentations by eight to ten emerging businesses seeking funding. Presenting companies will generally be seeking venture capital from several hundred thousand to $20 million each. The forum is sponsored by Koch Genesis LLC, the law firm of Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, and Wichita State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship.

Latest Updates

Play The Stockmarket: Watch the Trends

Play The Stockmarket: Watch the Trends

I think the title of this article really says a lot about why so many people lose money when investing in stocks. If you go in with the idea that you are going to play the stockmarket, you have the wrong mindset and you will probably lose more than you make.

You see, you don’t play the stockmarket, you play games but when you are investing you aren’t playing, it is basically a business venture and if you don’t know what you are doing, you will lose… maybe a lot. Instead, you should be willing to invest a little time and learn at least the basics of stock market investing. You may not want to spend a lot of time to become an expert but you should at least have a firm grasp of the basics that go into investing.

If you don’t know anything at all about investing, how can you even know if the advice you get from your broker is good advice or not? That is mistake one for many would be investors, they simply don’t know a thing about investing and they turn their money over to a broker and hope for the best. If you really think about it, that really is a silly strategy. Here is something you should consider; how does your financial planner make their money? Are they so good at investing that all their income (or most of it, at least) comes from their own investments doing well? Or, like most of them, do they make their money on commissions from investing other peoples money? If they were so good and knowledgeable and really could make a lot of money investing, why wouldn’t they do it with their own money instead of having to deal with clients and consist solely on commissions?

Something to think about. And if you do give that some thought, you are already ahead of many investors. I don’t mean any disrespect to financial planners but this is something you really need to think about. No matter how knowledgeable you are investing can involve risk and you aren’t going to win every time, but if you do know what you are doing you can win more than you lose and you can get quite wealthy.

Other Considerations

So, no one is saying you have to do it all on your own, but you should have at least a little knowledge so you can be an active participant in your own investing strategy. It’s also important to ask the hard questions before you actually hire someone to invest for you and manage your money.

Investing is a smart move. You can put your money to work for you and actually grow it. But, you have to be willing to learn more about the process first. You also have to be willing to ask difficult questions before you find someone to work with you and help you on your investment journey. Whatever you do, don’t go in with the idea that you will “play the stockmarket” it’s not a game, it’s more like a business.

Find out more on

Magic Formula Investing – Beginners Guide

Magic Formula Investing – Beginners Guide

When it comes to financial matters the problem isn’t that there is not enough information, it’s that there is so much that it becomes overwhelming and can lead to analysis paralysis. If you want to get started and you would like to know more about magic formula investing, this article can help.

This method is very easy and it’s a great way for a beginner to get started, but there are a few things you will need to do first in order to be ready to start investing.

Here are the things you need to take care of to make sure you are in the right financial place to get started with you investing career:

1. Even the most savvy investor likely won’t consistently make over 20% on investments so you should make sure to not pay out this kind of money in interest payments. For that reason, take some time before you start investing to pay off all your credit card and car loans that have a high interest rate. Once you get these paid off you will have more money to invest, and it won’t put a crimp in your budget since this is money you were already spending every month anyway. And if you calculate all the money you’ll save on interest, you can really add a lot to your nest egg.

2. Once you’ve tackled your credit card debt, set some money aside in a savings account. It’s a sad truth but many people have gotten away from the habit of saving, and when the economy gets bad, many people will really be in trouble. Take the money you were paying on your credit cards to establish a savings account. Don’t even consider investing until you have enough in the savings account to cover your basic living expenses such as mortgage, food, utilities, insurance, etc for at least 4 months (though 6 months worth would be better). Once you’ve got your emergency fund set up you can start thinking about investing, not before!

3. Since the magic formula will require you to buy and sell a lot of stocks you want to make sure that you aren’t paying through the nose when it comes to the brokerage fees you will be charged. Take some time to shop around and find a low fee broker that you can open an account with.

No one is going to win every time they buy a stock. There are no guarantees involved with investing in the stock market, however, if you use the magic formula investing method you can greatly diminish your risks while increasing your profits. The biggest thing you have to do before you jump in with both feet is to get your finances in order.

That way you’ll not only free up some money for investing, but you will also enter into your investing with a better attitude. You should never start investing because you are desperate to make money, if you do you will be going strictly on emotion and that is the very best way to make sure you lose everything. Get in the right financial position first.

To learn more, visit to check out current market trends.

Real Estate Investing: Tips On Investing In Apartment Buildings

Real Estate Investing: Tips On Investing In Apartment Buildings

Once you have decided that you want to invest your money in something or just want to get rich more quickly than with a regular job, you have many options to choose from. One rather profitable investment seems to be the real estate investing business, which is at the height of its popularity nowadays.

Having chosen real estate investing is just the very first step and you have many more choices to make. You could start for example investing in single-family homes or go for commercial estates and apartment buildings. Generally, you may have to invest less to buy a single-family home, however you can make significantly more money if you choose apartment buildings or commercial buildings for your real estate investing. Regardless, you need to consider your costs, such as electric bills, air conditioning costs, water, etc. Moreover, though apartment buildings may seem to be risky sometimes, they can actually provide a more stable income than single-family homes do. Here, I will present some tips for real estate investing in apartment buildings.

The First Steps

As an essential very first step, if you do not know enough about real estate investing, you will have to educate yourself because money from real estate investing comes from diligent, hard work and this hard work already starts at the basics. If you do not have the necessary theoretical background, it is very likely that your real estate investing will turn out to be a failure, resulting in your going bankrupt. So educate yourself, get education in financial matters and in real estate investing, you may have a university degree in a related subject, or you may have to learn everything from scratch. Read books, search for tips on the internet and get the advice of some experts. Some websites or even books may present you with a get rich quick-scheme, and you can possibly get quite rich quickly in real estate investing but only with the theoretical background.

Now, assuming you have learned everything you could, you should start exploring the market of the apartment buildings. Look into many apartment buildings, their finances, the possible income and the necessary expenses. You should also pay close attention to their locations. As a general suggestion, buying apartment buildings to rent out later is best in relatively good neighborhoods. In excellent neighborhoods you may not have as many tenants, as more people want to buy houses in these areas. However, in poor neighborhoods, though the apartment building may be cheaper, your income will not be as stable as a result for example of the tenants not being as trustworthy as in better areas, and you may also face additional problems. After exploring the market thoroughly you can now buy one or several apartment buildings.

Tips On Managing Apartment Buildings

Naturally, real estate investing does not stop when you buy the apartments. You will have to maintain them, manage them and the more you work with them the more income you will be getting.

You will perhaps be able to increase your income by what some call forced appreciation. If you spend on your apartment building, get washing machines, paint the walls, renovate the buildings, get new equipment or generally anything that raises the standard of living in the apartment you will be able to ask for more rent, and your expenses will come back to you in the form of income in no time at all. This strategy is not too risky, as tenants will appreciate a better environment and will be ready to pay a little more for that.

You may also consider transforming your real estate investing into a source of passive income. You may be able to live your life, be with your family, travel or manage your other job, while having a stable income every month from the apartment buildings. You can hire a professional managing company to do the work for you or, especially if the apartment complex is smaller, a live-in manager to do the work in place of you and you will be able to sit back and relax.

On the whole, real estate investing and investments in apartment buildings can be really lucrative. And especially with apartment complexes, if you have enough theoretical background and have researched your possibilities thoroughly it is very likely that you will have a high income in just a few months.

Chasing Value Versus Growth

Chasing Value Versus Growth

A lot of opinions had been thrown regarding the benefit of value investing versus growth investing. The proponents of each styles of investing insists that their method is superior over the other.

I believe that each has its own merit. Being a proponent of value investing, let me state the case for value investing. First, value investors buy companies in a mature industry. That said, it is easier to predict earning of such company. This is why I lean towards value investing. I am in favor of reducing risk instead of chasing return. Anybody can make an estimate that a small biotech company A will rake in X amount of profit after several years. But, if your prediction is not accurate, then how do you determine the fair value of the common stock? Your valuation will be out of whack. Disease comes and go. Technology fames and fades. It might defy common sense to some but I prefer a low or no growth industry.

Another benefit of investing in value stocks is that you might get decent dividend yield from the companies. They are growing less and management feel that they do not need all that profits to fund expansion. As a result, they propose dividend payments to shareholders. This helps reduce risk.

Having said that, I believe that the return of growth stocks will be higher than value stocks. No, I don’t mean you can profit handsomely buying overpriced stock. You should of course buy it at a reasonable price. You should not overpay for any stocks, including growth stocks. Growth stock is companies that are growing or expected to grow rapidly in future. Is advertising a growing industry? Yes, but it is not growing big. How about pay per search or pay per call advertising? Oh, yes. If you invest in these types of companies, you are investing in growth stocks. These new forms of advertising is less than 5 % share of total advertising budget. Can their share grow? You bet. Just like television gets some share of advertising pie, pay per click advertising will get more of its share if it is cost effective for advertisers to do so.

We can say that value investing takes less return for engaging in little risk. Growth stock, on the other hand, takes in more risk in order to garner greater return. That is fine. There are, however, other kind of investing that will burn your pocket. A lot of investors engage in an investing style that get little reward while taking a big risk! Buying a stock at any price is one example. Do not misunderstand growth stocks with buying at any price. It is just plain silly. There are calculations and predictions involved in buying a common stock. Determine its fair value and decide whether you want to invest on a stock based on the risk/reward that it offers.

Chasing growth can be a risky business—even if its just the decision to invest in the growth of a small company. Regardless of where you are doing your investing, always weigh the risks and rewards before you chase the growth.

Real Estate Investing: Simple Ways To Make More Deals And Earn Greater Profits

Real Estate Investing: Simple Ways To Make More Deals And Earn Greater Profits

If you surf the Internet and read books on real estate investing you will come across a lot of useful information, though the majority of these sources concentrate on providing information on just one particular sphere of investing. Thus, if you are looking to find out more about real estate investing in general you may not come across too much information and so you would be at a loss when it comes to formulating the proper strategies by which to profit even more out of real estate investing.

Not A Get Rich Scheme

It should be clearly understood at the very outset that real estate investing is not a scheme that makes people rich overnight and that too without expending much effort. On the contrary, real estate investing means putting in a lot of hard work and it will also take time before you realize your objectives. It also requires that you perfect certain techniques and combine them with your experience so that you act in the best possible manner at all times.

One way of getting ahead in real estate investing is through rental properties because being a landlord is an activity that has been known to man for many a long time and it has always helped one to earn good money. It is however something that does not happen too often because you don’t want to rent out your property on a short-term basis (in most cases). You can also profit from a technique known as lease optioning in which you get to control the property without actually becoming its owner. The best part about this form of real estate investing is that you can earn money in more ways than one and never have to spend your own money in the process.

Also, real estate investing could also mean going out looking for more deals because as you will have realized, the more deals you are able to close the more money you will end up earning. You can also wait for a good deal to come your way and whether you are a pushy investor or one who is patient and waits for deals to come your way you will need to be very persistent if you want to succeed in this form of investing. Thus, you should talk to as many owners as you can because the more deals you make the greater the amount of money you will have earned.

Once you realize that the more deals you close the more money will come your way you need to focus your real estate investing efforts in a few simple yet effective directions. First off, you need to try and buy properties from private owners since it will allow you to bypass competitive buyers who usually throng auctions looking for bargain buys. Also, private owners may be facing foreclosure and thus would be on the lookout for a buyer so you can land some sweet deals in this novel and effective way.

You can also profit in real estate investing by selling and leasing back. A source worth tapping out in this regard is businesses that have bought properties during boom periods but who are now facing liquidity problems. If you have the cash, such businesses will be willing to do business with you and you can then buy the property and then lease it back to the company and expect a nine to ten percent return on your investment.

However, foreclosures are a better option because you can get the property at knock-off prices and then make a good profit by selling them later, when the time is right. Using these simple strategies, you should not face any problem with increasing the volume of your real estate investing dealings and as you will have more properties on hand chances are that you will be able to convert them into more profits by making as many deals as you can.

Investing For College Students

Investing For College Students

Investing means putting money away for the future. Because of this, investing for college students makes sense both personally and financially. No matter what kind of investing for college students you choose, you are not going to get rich quick, so starting at this point in life goes in your favor. One of the best ways to try investing for college students is online investing. College students possess a natural aptitude that they can easily apply online. Researching and conducting all sorts of online functions come more naturally to them because they have been raised doing it. For this reason investing for college students online is usually best.

The biggest advantage in investing for college students is time. Most investments are based upon compound interest. The single most important factor that makes compound interest work for investors is time. Investing for college students allows them to get into the mainstream market early and reap the benefits of long-term investment strategy.

As a college student, you don’t need a lot of money to start investing. Online brokerage houses and investment companies have made investing for college students easier than ever with twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week services. You will need to consider what type of investing you want to take on. Investing for college students offers all of the same options as any other type of investment. Some investments like money market investing produce a low yield but are very low risk. These are the types of investments that typically return consistently over long periods of time.

Low risk, long-term

Since investing for college students does not generally involve a lot of money, these low-risk, long-term investments may work out best for those getting an early start on their investing. So, you can think of beginning your investment strategies here. Mutual funds can be concentrated in a particular business sector. Since investing for college students should be exciting, you may want to choose mutual fund investing based upon a business sector with which you are familiar and find interesting. This may make the idea of investing more intriguing.

As you gain confidence in investing for college students, you may want to test the waters for riskier stock. This will require more research on your part as you strive to determine which companies will be the surprise successes in their business sector. Many online tools are available for use in determining emerging companies and their value. Investing for college students is perfect for this sort of online research, as college students tend to be proficient in the use of Internet tools.

No matter how you choose to conduct your investing for college students, remember that investing is for your future. Don’t look for any get rich quick schemes, because they just do not exist in investing for college students or any real investment application. The nature of this investing should be to build solid income generating resources and learning to navigate the complicated worlds of personal finance and investment strategy, beginning with investing for college students.

For further advice and information, read USA Today’s article on 5 Tips for College Students Interested in Investing.

The Importance of Funding for Business

The Importance of Funding for Business

Money is like the fuel you provide your vehicle. Without funding, your business will not be able to achieve its goals and objectives. Fundraising is an essential factor which contributes to the growth of your business. Revenues also provide businesses some money, but you cannot always rely on revenues as it may be seasonal and there might be many factors which affect the profits of a company. Thus, funding is essential for a business to maintain itself through a variety of events. Only through proper financing can a business grow and gain the profit which it had planned. Most startups hardly have any money in the beginning and mostly rely on funds to develop and market their product and services.

Funding for Business

The following are some reasons why funding is crucial for businesses:

Meeting the financial goal of the company:

Every business is started with a plan to achieve its goals and objectives. To fulfill these goals a company needs a huge sum of money to meet various needs. You need funds to meet the competition market, operations, and maintenance of customer base, business growth, etc. To cover short term and long term goals a business needs funds to achieve them.

Seed Funding:

To get your business started, you need seed funding to provide your company the necessary things to grow. For example, a startup would have a great idea or service which they want to deliver, but they would not have the funding to get all the materials required for their company. You would need office supplies, equipment, a website, business cards, etc. to get started. So you will need fundings from various investors to deliver your products to the customers.

Facilitate cash flow:

A company may have to pay its employees, and the owner needs to draw salaries to survive. There are also other utilities which the owners need to pay. There is insurance to cover and the other expenses for a business to survive. The profits are usually low for most business in the beginning so there must be enough funding to keep the company running.

Expansion of business:

When people start to like your product the demand for the product increases and your company must have the capability to provide goods for the increased demand to satisfy the customers. Only when you have proper funds, you will be able to manufacture or produce products and supply it to the consumers. When high demands are met, your business starts to expand, and when the company grows, you will begin to have more profit.

Being prepared for accidents:

Accidents tend to happen, and no one can reason why certain things happen. When you have a business, you need to anticipate such situations and be prepared during such time. Even though we have insurances taking care of most of the cost, there is some cost which insurances do not cover. There needs to be extra money to bring the company back in shape.

The Most Successful Investors in the World

The Most Successful Investors in the World

One of the best ways to grow money is to invest, but most people do not understand the concept of investing. They usually get confused and scared that they will lose their hard earned money. Some of the best investors in the world used simple techniques and methods to invest their cash and have been making a lot over the years.
The following are some of the most successful investors in the World:

Bill Ackman

Philip Fisher:

Fisher was known as the Father of Growth Investments and he often took the approach of buying and holding. He uses his contacts to learn as much as he can about a company and then validates his moves. He believed in knowing only about some corporations but was keen on understanding them deeply. Fisher wrote many books on investment strategies like the Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits, Conservative investors sleep well, Paths to wealth through common stocks, etc. Some of the key points we learn from Fisher is to invest in companies which have the potential to grow, study about the company and invest for a long term.

Warren Buffet:

Warren Buffets name always appears in many top lists. His name is one of the most popular names in Finance. He has been one of the most successful investors in history. Buffet is said to have a frugal lifestyle, and this practice transcends into his business practices. He believed in two rules, the first one is not to lose money and the second one is never to forget rule number one.

Peter Lynch:

Lynch is popularly known to manage the Fidelity Magellan fund whose asset s grew from 20 million dollars to 14 billion dollars. He believes in suiting the nature of the asset and changing according to the assets. Lynch would only invest in stocks which he fully understood, and was aware of the market and its volatility. He believed in gaining knowledge and was never afraid to change things that always had an explanation for the purchases he made.

Bill Ackman:

Ackman is an activist investor, and he is never afraid to voice out his opinions. He is famous for his bet against Herbalife, and he also predicted the recession that happened in the year 2008 and had a track record for turning 50 million dollars into 12 billion dollars. He believes in investing in solid companies, and then he guides them to make a profit.

John Tempelton:

Tempelton believes in buying low and selling high. He is known for taking risks and followed this strategy thought his career. He often picked stocks which were rejected by other brokers and turned small investments into a lot of money. Tempelton was a great networker, and he used his contacts to gain information and data about the company he was investing. He also wrote a book named 21 Steps to Personal Finance and Real Happiness which was about how he lived his life.


1878 Valley Lane
TX 78701.


If you have any questions about submitting your business plan, please contact us