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Top Sources of Small-Business Financing in 2012

Top Sources of Small-Business Financing in 2012

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The lending market for small businesses cratered during the recession and has been on a jagged path of recovery. To help fill the void, entrepreneurs are finding alternative financing sources.
January 3, 2012 in Financing
Entrepreneurs: Is Your Idea Ready for Prime Time?

Entrepreneurs: Is Your Idea Ready for Prime Time?

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When you've got a business idea, it's easy to get excited and start talking it up to possible investors. But if it's too soon, that can mean missed opportunities.
December 29, 2011 in Inventing
Why Crowdfunding is Bad for Business (Opinion)

Why Crowdfunding is Bad for Business (Opinion)

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Should federal law be changed to allow crowdfunding to become more widespread? Here's why that may be a bad idea.
December 23, 2011 in Startup Financing
The State of Venture Capital in 2012

The State of Venture Capital in 2012

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For young companies looking for venture investments in the New Year, finding capital may be daunting but not impossible.
December 19, 2011 in Venture and Angel Investors
Tips for Finding a Franchise Loan

Tips for Finding a Franchise Loan

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SBA franchise loans are on the rise, but you still need seed money and a carefully honed business plan. The SBA's Steve Smits provides advice.
December 14, 2011 in Franchise 500
Lawmakers OK Small-Business Research Programs

Lawmakers OK Small-Business Research Programs

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Lawmakers moved to extend and expand two key small business research programs facing expiration this week. See what changes may come down the pike.
December 13, 2011 in SBA and Government Funding
Why Venture Capitalists Heart NY

Why Venture Capitalists Heart NY

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New York recently beat out rival Boston for the number two spot for venture capital accumulation. Here's what makes the Big Apple more appealing.
December 9, 2011 in Venture and Angel Investors
Now, Private Equity for the Little Guys

Now, Private Equity for the Little Guys

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Private equity funding isn't a fit for every business. But even for those where it makes sense, PE firms have been hard to find and research -- until now.
October 21, 2011 in Financing
How to Find Funds to Launch a Franchise

How to Find Funds to Launch a Franchise

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Shelly Sun turned her health-staffing company, BrightStar Care, into a fast-growing franchise. But she almost ran out of cash along the way.
October 19, 2011 in Franchises
NBA Great Charles Barkley to Give Tech Startup $25K

NBA Great Charles Barkley to Give Tech Startup $25K

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Barkley's business-plan contest award to help one lucky business owner 'get into the game.'
October 18, 2011 in Financing
Need Cash Fast? Pawngo Can Help

Need Cash Fast? Pawngo Can Help

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When banks aren't lending, entrepreneurs are increasingly turning to online pawn shops like this one.
October 12, 2011 in Financing
Financing a Second Startup on Cash Flow of Your First

Financing a Second Startup on Cash Flow of Your First

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With the success of one startup, Kiha Lee financed another.
October 10, 2011 in Financing
Can Starbucks, GE and MillerCoors Save Small Business?

Can Starbucks, GE and MillerCoors Save Small Business?

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Big companies have recently announced plans to provide loans to small businesses.
October 6, 2011 in Bank Loans and Microloans
Video: Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran on Tapping Home Equity for Your BusinessPlay Video

Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran on Tapping Home Equity for Your Business (Video)

Shark Tank judge and investor Barbara Corcoran on whether pulling equity out of home is still a viable way to fund a business. Taking big risks can be necessary to stay afloat, she says. In bad markets, she has exhausted her options to remain in business.
October 3, 2011 in Financing
Steve Case, Martha Stewart and Tony Hsieh Trade Views on Entrepreneurship

Steve Case, Martha Stewart and Tony Hsieh Trade Views on Entrepreneurship

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High-profile business leaders talk about the challenges facing entrepreneurs at a recent conference in New York.
September 16, 2011 in Leadership
Airbnb: From Scrounging for Rent to a $1 Billion Valuation

Airbnb: From Scrounging for Rent to a $1 Billion Valuation

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A business born of a need to find a way to pay the rent receives funding that values the company at more than $1 billion.
July 25, 2011 in Success Stories
Video: Insights: How to Enchant Potential InvestorsPlay Video

Insights: How to Enchant Potential Investors (Video)

Guy Kawasaki, author of 'Enchantment,' shares his views on the best way to win over financial backers.
June 18, 2011 in Financing
Video: How Can I Find a Partner Who Can Invest in My Business?Play Video

How Can I Find a Partner Who Can Invest in My Business? (Video)

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Brad Feld, managing director, the Foundry Group, on the importance of choosing the right business partner before teaming up.
June 9, 2011 in Financing
Four Contests Offer Small Businesses Cash, Mentoring

Four Contests Offer Small Businesses Cash, Mentoring

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Present a creative idea, and you might take home up to $25,000 in the current crop of contests. Here are details.
April 22, 2011 in Financing
At SXSW, A Startup for Startups

At SXSW, A Startup for Startups

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For small businesses, landing funding has rarely been more difficult. Here's how one company is aiming to make it easier.
March 15, 2011 in Financing
Will New SBA Programs Get Banks Lending?

Will New SBA Programs Get Banks Lending?

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The SBA's backing of small business loans, which helped keep money flowing to some lucky owners, is getting a makeover.
March 14, 2011 in Financing
More Boom Times for Venture Capital?

More Boom Times for Venture Capital?

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Venture capital dollars have been largely scarce since the downturn set in. But these days, that tide appears to be turning.
March 11, 2011 in Financing
Five Financing Trends for 2011

Five Financing Trends for 2011

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How your startup could benefit from these funding sources in the coming year.
December 28, 2010 in Financing

What Private Equity Can Do for Your Company

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Looking to grow or get liquid? If so, private equity might be a better option for you than venture capital.
December 23, 2010 in Financing

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