Community Validated Resources
If you’ve been an entrepreneur for any length of time, you’ve probably discovered that there are a ton of things you need to do to run your business that you are just not good at. But, whereas Angie’s List is there to help you find the best plumber to unstop your toilet, where can an entrepreneur go to find the best lawyer, accountant, or business plan writer? Since you can’t afford to waste your limited resources, how can you find the best, most cost effective resources to help you run your business?
THAT’s the mission behind the CAYPEN CVR List! We want to find, validate and publish the best available resources in Southern California that can help our entrepreneurs find that elusive path to success. Our key emphasis will be on the word – validate. We know that you cannot afford to hire resources that don’t deliver the highest value for the best (not always the lowest) cost. And, we want to earn your confidence that this will never be a list that can be bought. If we put someone on the list whose work does not reflect the highest standards of cost/benefit for the entrepreneur – we want the community to inform us so we can remove them ASAP.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
To get on this list, you must meet the following criteria and subject yourself to an ongoing process:
1. Every CVR must be recommended by someone who has actually used their services and can vouch for the quality of their work. We will ask for proof that you have used their services.
2. Once a CVR has been recommended, we will ask them to provide two additional references that will attest to the quality of their work.
3. We will also enforce certain minimum standards for consideration:
a. A CVR must have been in business for at least two (2) years (we don’t want consultants providing consulting services while they look for full time work).
b. A CVR must focus at least 50% of their business on helping companies in the private equity space (i.e., we want CVR’s that really know and can relate to the problems encountered by entrepreneurs).
4. We will encourage our readers to provide reviews of our CVRs BUT:
a. We will not accept anonymous reviews – if you have something to say (plus or minus) you must reveal yourself. This will prevent people from providing positive reviews of themselves and/or negative reviews of their competitors.
b. Before posting a review, we will ask the reviewer to provide proof that they have actually hired the resource they are reviewing.
5. We will allow our CRVs to respond to any negative reviews so our audience will get both sides of the story.
6. Each reviewer will be asked to rate the CVR on a scale of 1-5 and we will post the composite rating for each CVR and show how many ratings it took to form the composite. Although arbitrary, we think this system is something the public has accepted. Once we have sufficient ratings over a broad enough base, we will start establishing a minimum standard for any CVR to remain on the list.
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