These steps will put you ahead of the game before you start, and increase your chances of securing funds for your small business.
The CDFI Bond Guarantee program, signed into law in 2010, had the potential to extend $4 billion in credit to small-business owners, among others. A lengthy Congressional approval process has reduced the funds available by half.
An initiative by Starbucks and Opportunity Finance Network is pouring small-business funding into private lending institutions
A quick guide to Community Development Financial Institutions: How they work and whether they can help you get money to start your business.