Funding a Business

A Standard Business Plan Outline [Updated for 2017]

To make the best impression on banks and investors, your plan should be presented using the standard business plan outline format. This guide gives you an outline to follow and explains what each section should entail.

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Give the Best Elevator Pitch Ever With a 3,000-Year-Old Technique

You've just unexpectedly bumped into a major investor who could help your business get off the ground. What do you say? Take a cue from Aristotle, and try this persuasive speech technique.

By Jay Heinrichs | Share This

How to Fund Your Startup Without Losing Control

Private equity can be the infusion of cash you need to get your startup off the ground—but you run the risk of losing control of your business. Here's how to prevent this from happening.

By Rich McIver | Share This

How to Create an Elevator Speech (With Examples)

A great elevator speech can spark interest in your business and hopefully lead to a deeper conversation—and maybe even a partnership or funding opportunity.

By Noah Parsons | Share This

Venture Capital Funding and the Sexism You Can’t Quite Prove

Female founders have a hard time securing venture capital. Is the landscape improving—and why is VC funding so hard for women to get in the first place?

By Briana Morgaine | Share This

Is VC Funding the Real Unicorn in Silicon Valley?

Venture capital has always been elusive, but some say now more than ever. Is getting VC funding even possible? Let's find out.

By Bruce Hakutizwi | Share This

4 Reasons You Might Not Want to Be VC Funded

Venture capital funding sounds like a dream come true—but is it right for your business? Here are 4 reasons why you might not want to consider VC funding.

By Marc Prosser | Share This

Why Small Community Lenders Have Your Back

Are you wondering how to get a bank loan for your small business? If you're in the process of seeking funding, you may want to look to smaller community lenders for your loan.

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