Financing

Microfinance Hits Small Businesses Right Where It Helps
Financing

Microfinance Hits Small Businesses Right Where It Helps

Here are three reasons why micro-borrowers do better than owners who've borrowed from a traditional bank.
The State of the SBA
SBA and Government Funding

The State of the SBA

SBA chief Karen Mills on how the agency evolved through the economic crisis.
Would Looser Investment Rules Help Small Businesses?
Financing

Would Looser Investment Rules Help Small Businesses?

The SEC is forming a small-business committee to review rules that entrepreneurs say make it harder to raise money. But relaxing the rules might not be a good thing.
Could a Band of Angels Help Your Business?
Angel Investors

Could a Band of Angels Help Your Business?

Angel investors are getting easier to find thanks to the rise of investment groups.
A Recovery in Small-Business Lending?
Bank Loans and Microloans

A Recovery in Small-Business Lending?

The SBA's 90 percent guarantee on certain loans may be no more, but the borrowing outlook may be brightening.
Search Funds: A Financing Option for Business Buyers
Financing

Search Funds: A Financing Option for Business Buyers

Search funds seek out opportunities to acquire.
An Early Investor in iTunes and Pandora Shares His Views on the Direction of the Music Business
Venture Capital

An Early Investor in iTunes and Pandora Shares His Views on the Direction of the Music Business

An early investor in iTunes and Pandora weighs in on what makes an online music company a hit.
Four Contests Offer Small Businesses Cash, Mentoring
Financing

Four Contests Offer Small Businesses Cash, Mentoring

Present a creative idea, and you might take home up to $25,000 in the current crop of contests. Here are details.
Facebook and AmEx Offering Business Makeovers
Financing

Facebook and AmEx Offering Business Makeovers

Winners of The Facebook Big Break for Small Business contest each receive $20k. Learn how to enter here.
Green-Business Experiment: Crowdsourcing an Energy Upgrade
Financing

Green-Business Experiment: Crowdsourcing an Energy Upgrade

How a unique customer-donation program helped a small cafe pay for energy-efficient lighting. But will this fund-raising method gain traction?
Raising Cash from Customers to Fund Growth
Self-Financing

Raising Cash from Customers to Fund Growth

How a small Pittsburgh company uses presales to source expansion capital.
The Hidden Small-Business Credit Crisis: Fear of Applying
Financing

The Hidden Small-Business Credit Crisis: Fear of Applying

A new study finally answers the question: How many entrepreneurs were afraid to even apply for a loan during the recession?
Where Not to Look for Money -- And Where You're More Likely to Find It
Financing

Where Not to Look for Money -- And Where You're More Likely to Find It

Entrepreneurs can save time and angst by looking beyond banks and other mythical sources of startup capital.
How a Company Aiding Nonprofits Secured Venture Capital
Venture Capital

How a Company Aiding Nonprofits Secured Venture Capital

A new way for small nonprofits to tap into big audiences and raise awareness and exposure online.
Should You Tap a Nest Egg to Start a Business?
Financing

Should You Tap a Nest Egg to Start a Business?

Is funding your startup with your retirement savings ill-advised or smart investing?
Study: Women Angel Investors Are More Cautious
Angel Investors

Study: Women Angel Investors Are More Cautious

Does gender affect how investment decisions are made?
How to Find the Right Investor for Your Business
Angel Investors

How to Find the Right Investor for Your Business

Your investor-entrepreneur relationship is important. After all, you may be living with it every day for years to come.
What's the Best Way to Attract Investor Interest?
Financing

What's the Best Way to Attract Investor Interest?

Brad Feld, managing director of the Foundry Group, says to attract investors, first give them a product or service that they can check out for themselves.
SBA Fine-Tunes Rules for Disadvantaged Firms
SBA and Government Funding

SBA Fine-Tunes Rules for Disadvantaged Firms

New rules governing the SBA's 8(a) program went into effect this week. See if your business can benefit from the changes.
At SXSW, A Startup for Startups
Financing

At SXSW, A Startup for Startups

For small businesses, landing funding has rarely been more difficult. Here's how one company is aiming to make it easier.
Will New SBA Programs Get Banks Lending?
Financing

Will New SBA Programs Get Banks Lending?

The SBA's backing of small business loans, which helped keep money flowing to some lucky owners, is getting a makeover.
More Boom Times for Venture Capital?
Financing

More Boom Times for Venture Capital?

Venture capital dollars have been largely scarce since the downturn set in. But these days, that tide appears to be turning.
How to Approach Lenders Now
Bank Loans and Microloans

How to Approach Lenders Now

Borrowers should be prepared to talk about how they steered through the downturn.
A Champion of Entrepreneurs Shares Her Financing Strategy
Angel Investors

A Champion of Entrepreneurs Shares Her Financing Strategy

To expand its community and grow at a more patient pace, Daily Grommet decides to steer clear of VC firms--for now
Y Combinator's Paul Graham on Why Some Companies Get His Cash and Others Don't
Venture Capital

Y Combinator's Paul Graham on Why Some Companies Get His Cash and Others Don't

Paul Graham spills: Why some companies get his cash and others don't
SBA and Government Funding

The Myth of Government Grants

Many government grants are available for small businesses, but research carefully.
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