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The Road To Investors

Finding financing is never easy. And while there may be no direct route, several new sites point the way to capital.

This story appears in the July 1999 issue of

Fast-growing companies have a new online option for finding investors. OffRoad Capital ( has created a private equity investment marketplace on the Net, matching established small businesses with private investors. Entrepreneurs can raise $3 million to $15 million online.

Acting as both a banker and an investment community, OffRoad's goal is to sell pieces of small companies to individual investors, offering an alternative to traditional financing such as banks. "The private capital markets have been effectively closed to most individual investors, even those with a relatively high net worth," says OffRoad founder, chairman and CEO Stephen D. Pelletier.

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