We live in a digital age where information is king. Data is the sweet currency that keeps several companies afloat. The more information about consumers that businesses have, the better they can use that information to sell their products. You wouldn’t think it, but in the digital age, information is priceless.

Larger companies can come across this information a bit easier than small business. Unfortunately, most consumers tend to trust larger brands with their information because they are so established. But for smaller businesses, it can be a challenge to acquire that same level of trust.

So how can you…


Money. Everyone wants it, but no one knows how to use it; at least, very few people know how to use it properly. And if money is managed poorly, it can cause a wide list of problems. Because of this, it’s best to get into good money management habits at an early age. It’s highly recommended to educate your children early and often about the pitfalls of poor money management, so I figured I’d put together a bit of a list of tips and tricks for parents.

Make money a part of life

The easiest way to teach your child…


On August 5th, 2019, the world lost a true literary icon. Toni Morrison, Nobel- and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, passed away at the age of 88. She’d experienced a great deal in her life, and she gave the world so much in return. After having one of the most successful and celebrated careers in literature imaginable, it’s understandable why Ms. Morrison was so revered. Not only was she a talented novelist, she was also an African-American woman who was able to break through racial boundaries and become a master in her subject.

In honor of her legacy, I figured I would…


What does it mean to be an entrepreneur? The question doesn’t necessarily have any single “right” answer, but it does have one wrong answer. Being an entrepreneur is not about the money. If that’s what you believe, then you’re in the wrong profession. Chances are, you won’t be making very much within the first couple of years as an entrepreneur, so if you’re posing as an entrepreneur in order to get millions of dollars immediately, then you’re in for a rude awakening.

Being an entrepreneur, in my opinion, is about selflessness. It’s about dedicating yourself to your position and your…


So you want to build your business. You’ve come up with your product, you know exactly how you want to market it and you know exactly who you want to work with. Congratulations! Now, how do you make it happen? As nice as it would be to believe that “money doesn’t make the world go ‘round,” it sure as sugar pays the bills. And you will need heavy investing in your brand-new company in order to get anywhere, unless you’re the heir to an immense fortune.

The most common method of securing funds is through fundraising. It’s a tried and…


Alexi Harding, Senior Managing Director of The Opes Group, was featured in a Yahoo! Finance video segment in which he offers his thoughts on the private debt lending industry and where he believes it is going.

Alexi was very honored to have been invited to speak with the show’s hosts, Jen Rogers, Myles Udland and Andy Serwer. Watch the video below!


When planning out a career, most people have a general sense of what it is they want to do. Some people have very specific goals in mind and they are able to achieve them with hard work and determination, and that’s absolutely fine. There’s nothing wrong with having a specific plan. But every now and then, sometimes unexpected situations and opportunities present themselves, and it’s perfectly acceptable to go with them. It might not always turn out the way you’d expect, but you take that lesson and grow from it.

Other times, taking those unexpected curveballs and twists can lead…


Entrepreneurship makes the world go ‘round. It’s one of the world’s most popular occupations, with the US housing 27 million entrepreneurs alone, according to a recent study.

Entrepreneurship is an incredibly challenging job. It may be portrayed as the cool and hip new job to consider if you want to be your own boss and make a fortune, but it is much more than that. Being an entrepreneur takes a specific type of person. One with business savvy, determination and resilience. Any good entrepreneur will also need the ability to communicate effectively. …


Startup. You’ve all heard the term. It’s a buzzword, used at almost every opportunity by journalists, television shows and business professionals alike, and with good reason. According to the GEM Global Report, a mind-boggling 100 million startups are created every year; this roughly translates to 3 businesses every single second. In short, startups aren’t going away anytime soon; that is, unless you run your startup poorly.

So, how can you run your startup efficiently? Well, I can’t give you all of the answers, but having dealt with my fair share of new businesses, I can offer some words of advice…


If you’re even remotely philanthropic, you’ve probably heard of Giving Tuesday. Hopefully you’ve taken a moment and done some research on the topic; if not, you’re probably wondering what exactly is Giving Tuesday. Given my love of philanthropy, I want to help explain this charity event in the hopes of getting as many people involved as possible.

I plan to offer some insight into the history of this national event and examine how Americans take advantage of it.

What is Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday is designed to take advantage of the good spirit of the holidays at the end of…

Alexi Harding

Seasoned business exec and Senior Managing Director of The Opes Group. Helping clients find solutions to finance their businesses. http://alexiharding.com

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