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What About Me?

Start-up financing is easier than ever--if you're a dotcom. But what about the rest of us? Check out all your options.

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This story appears in the June 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Small businesses today have access to more funds than ever, not to mention a wider array of financing resources. Venture capital firms invested a record $36 billion in 1999--more than double their 1998 investments--and are on track to exceed that figure this year.

Angel investors, fattened by lucrative undertakings over the past decade, are eager to share their wealth and expertise with fledgling entrepreneurs. More than $16 billion in SBA loan and venture capital programs helped launch or expand 50,000-plus businesses in 1999. And banks, finance companies, credit card issuers, leasing companies, factoring firms and a host of Net enterprises are tripping over one another to participate in the $170 billion small-business financing market.

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