Financing

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.
The SBA's Karen G. Mills Answers Her Agency's Critics
SBA and Government Funding

The SBA's Karen G. Mills Answers Her Agency's Critics

Some critics have called for dismantling the U.S. Small Business Administration. The agency's leader says demand for its services is only growing and is a good value to tax payers.
7 Ways Entrepreneurs Will Ride Crowdfunding's Ripple Effect
Financing

7 Ways Entrepreneurs Will Ride Crowdfunding's Ripple Effect

A look at how the impending new crowdfunding rules are prompting entrepreneurs to predict -- and deliver -- what the expanded industry will demand.
Shaping Crowdfunding 2.0
Financing

Shaping Crowdfunding 2.0

As the crowdfunding industry braces for a massive shift, its players are seeking rules that will serve both to protect investors and entrepreneurs.
What Do Pinterest and a Community Bank in Lubbock, Texas, Have In Common?
Financing

What Do Pinterest and a Community Bank in Lubbock, Texas, Have In Common?

When it comes to converting companies into cash, an alternative investment marketplace is expanding beyond high-growth startups.
Bank Lending to Small Business Slips, Crowdfunding on the Rise
Financing

Bank Lending to Small Business Slips, Crowdfunding on the Rise

Big and small banks approve fewer loans as startups turn to alternative funding sources.
Pinterest and Warby Parker -- The Next Pre-IPO Stars?
Financing

Pinterest and Warby Parker -- The Next Pre-IPO Stars?

SecondMarket, an online marketplace for shares of private companies, ranks those with biggest jumps in popularity on its site.
5 Critical Questions Facebook Must Answer in Its IPO Roadshow
IPOs and DPOs

5 Critical Questions Facebook Must Answer in Its IPO Roadshow

If founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to win over investors, he'll need to have clear explanations for these looming issues.
Silicon Valley VCs Perk Up
Venture Capital

Silicon Valley VCs Perk Up

Inspired by new waves of technology developments and blockbuster deals, VCs are feeling better at the start of 2012.
Is Microfinance for You?
Financing

Is Microfinance for You?

Here's how a $25 loan can change the world. (But do your homework before investing.)
Venture Capital: Fewer Deals, Fewer Dollars
Venture Capital

Venture Capital: Fewer Deals, Fewer Dollars

For the third quarter in a row, the market for venture capital shrank, continuing a long-term trend in the industry.
Microloans Make a Macro Difference
Bank Loans and Microloans

Microloans Make a Macro Difference

A Texas businesswoman fetched the amount she needed to open an eco-friendly pet store
Do You Know What Your Business Is Really Worth?
Financing

Do You Know What Your Business Is Really Worth?

If you found an investor for your business right now, would you know how to value a stake in your business? A recent 'Shark Tank' episode highlighted how important it is to be realistic about valuation.
The JOBS Act Doesn't Mean You Should Run Out and Raise Equity
Financing

The JOBS Act Doesn't Mean You Should Run Out and Raise Equity

Selling equity in a business only makes sense for a business if there's a potential to generate substantial income on the investors' money.
Small-Business Lending: Getting Better, Still Not Great
Financing

Small-Business Lending: Getting Better, Still Not Great

Small-business lending has been showing signs of life, albeit not the activity seen before the recession.
SBA Chief Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Lending Comeback
SBA and Government Funding

SBA Chief Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Lending Comeback

Karen G. Mills, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, talks about the agency's 2011 record year in small-business loan guarantees, helping to fill gaps when banks were reluctant to lend.
What the 'Buffett Rule' Means to Small-Business Owners
Tax Center

What the 'Buffett Rule' Means to Small-Business Owners

The Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would impose a minimum tax of 30 percent on all individuals with incomes of more than $1 million.
How a Pile of Student Debt Inspired a Venture-Backed Startup
Venture Capital

How a Pile of Student Debt Inspired a Venture-Backed Startup

ReadyForZero racked up $4.5 million in funding to help consumers pay their bills.
Looking for a Loan? Don't Wait for a Big Bank
Financing

Looking for a Loan? Don't Wait for a Big Bank

Approval rates at the biggest U.S. banks shriveled up a bit in March compared to the previous month, according to a survey.
How to Attract Crowdfunding Investors Without Breaking the Law
Marketing Ideas

How to Attract Crowdfunding Investors Without Breaking the Law

With the JOBS Act as the law of the land, changes to how you can market your small company to crowdfunding investors are on the way.
The JOBS Act: What You Need To Know
Financing

The JOBS Act: What You Need To Know

President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law today. Here is a rundown of what's in it, when those provisions go into effect and how they could impact your business.
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