Financing

3 Questions You Must Ask Before Securing a Small Business Credit Card
Cash Flow & Money Management

3 Questions You Must Ask Before Securing a Small Business Credit Card

While it's tempting to sign up for another card to survive a cash flow crunch, consider these important tips first.
SEC to Miss JOBS Act Deadline
Financing

SEC to Miss JOBS Act Deadline

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro says it's more complicated than it seems to write the rules.
A Common Personal Finance Mistake New 'Treps Make
Accounting Basics

A Common Personal Finance Mistake New 'Treps Make

Starting your own business will affect many parts of your life, including how you manage your finances.
'J Curve' and Other Buzzwords Investors Don't Want to Hear
Angel Investors

'J Curve' and Other Buzzwords Investors Don't Want to Hear

Don't hide behind jargon. Seasoned investors know B.S. when they hear it.
9 Things Startups Must Know Before Approaching Lenders
Financing

9 Things Startups Must Know Before Approaching Lenders

These steps will put you ahead of the game before you start, and increase your chances of securing funds for your small business.
Financing

Shark Tank vs. KickStarter: How One Startup Used Both to Launch

When deals fall apart, it can often be for the best. For this business owner, the upside of losing angel funding was retaining equity and control over his company.
Got Investors? Now, How to Handle Your Salary
Getting Started

Got Investors? Now, How to Handle Your Salary

Whether your investors are friends and family or VCs, here's a guideline on how to pay yourself as your startup grows.
Big Investors Are Helping Trippy Go the Distance
Venture Capital

Big Investors Are Helping Trippy Go the Distance

Backed by author Tim Ferriss, singer Jason Mraz and Randi Zuckerberg, Trippy lets you tap the wisdom of your social network for in-the-know recommendations.
DVD Pick for Tech Startups: 'Something Ventured'
Venture Capital

DVD Pick for Tech Startups: 'Something Ventured'

Trying to figure out how Silicon Valley really works? This documentary, recently released on DVD, offers plenty of insight into Apple, Intel and the money guys who bet on them.
What Facebook's IPO Debacle Means for Startup Funding
Venture Capital

What Facebook's IPO Debacle Means for Startup Funding

The disastrous Facebook initial public offering isn't likely to damp venture-capital interest in tech startups.
3 Online Tools To Find Funding
Financing

3 Online Tools To Find Funding

A look at ways to find the best funding sources and tailor the options for your small business.
Getting the Big Banks Back into Small-Business Lending
SBA and Government Funding

Getting the Big Banks Back into Small-Business Lending

The SBA is partnering with the largest U.S. lenders to raise the amount of money loaned to small businesses, particularly in small loans and underserved communities.
Small Businesses Suffer in States Hardest Hit By Housing Meltdown
Self-Financing

Small Businesses Suffer in States Hardest Hit By Housing Meltdown

Southeastern states have a particularly high percentage of small businesses being hamstrung by tight credit conditions.
3 Rules for Successful Crowdfunding
Financing

3 Rules for Successful Crowdfunding

Consider these tips before pitching the crowd to fund your startup.
The SBA's Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Credit Comeback
SBA and Government Funding

The SBA's Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Credit Comeback

The small-business credit market has recovered since 2009, when lending had all but frozen. Banks are coming back to the market and seeing greater demand for loans from business owners.
Google Hangout with SBA Chief Karen Mills
SBA and Government Funding

Google Hangout with SBA Chief Karen Mills

As part of National Small Business Week, Entrepreneur's Diana Ransom moderated a live chat with SBA chief Karen Mills and winners of the SBA's video contest.
SBA Seeks to Boost Small-Dollar Loans With New Push
SBA and Government Funding

SBA Seeks to Boost Small-Dollar Loans With New Push

The SBA is looking to increase the number of smaller loans in underserved communities with a new push.
Business Owners Take SBA Chief to Task
SBA and Government Funding

Business Owners Take SBA Chief to Task

At a town hall at National Small Business Week, some entrepreneurs complain to Karen Mills about access to credit and high health insurance costs.
Gaps Persist Amid Small-Business Lending Comeback
SBA and Government Funding

Gaps Persist Amid Small-Business Lending Comeback

In 2011, SBA lending hit a record level. SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills explains why.
Pitching: How to Paint a Quick Picture for Investors
Angel Investors

Pitching: How to Paint a Quick Picture for Investors

To persuade investors to back your business, you must first start by conveying your belief in your message. The Esquire guy explains.
Momentum and the Art of the Investor Pitch
Angel Investors

Momentum and the Art of the Investor Pitch

Too much crocodile salesman in your pitch? The Esquire guy helps you sharpen your skills.
How Industry Clusters Can Spur Small-Business Growth
SBA and Government Funding

How Industry Clusters Can Spur Small-Business Growth

One way the SBA has sought to foster entrepreneurial growth is through industry clusters.The SBA's Karen Mills explains how.
What Investors Really Want to Hear in Your Pitch
Venture Capital

What Investors Really Want to Hear in Your Pitch

A good concept is one thing, but investors are more likely to consider these three criteria -- and they can make or break your pitch
3 Things You Must Know Before Pitching Investors
Venture Capital

3 Things You Must Know Before Pitching Investors

Consider these tips before you seek funding for your startup, whether from angel investors or VCs.
4 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for a Bank Loan
Financing

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for a Bank Loan

Two leading banks, honored for National Small Business Week, offer their best advice to business owners seeking credit.
Angels, Equity and a Shark of One's Own
Angel Investors

Angels, Equity and a Shark of One's Own

Many small-business owners who hope to land angel funding have expectations that are wildly unrealistic. Here's a reality check.
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