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Small businesses today have access to more funds than ever, notto mention a wider array of financing resources. Venture capitalfirms invested a record $36 billion in 1999--more than double their1998 investments--and are on track to exceed that figure thisyear.
Angel investors, fattened by lucrative undertakings over thepast decade, are eager to share their wealth and expertise withfledgling entrepreneurs. More than $16 billion in SBA loan andventure capital programs helped launch or expand 50,000-plusbusinesses in 1999. And banks, finance companies, credit cardissuers, leasing companies, factoring firms and a host of Netenterprises are tripping over one another to participate in the$170 billion small-business financing market.
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