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Why Banks Are No Longer Lending to Small Businesses

by Meredith Wood

Remember the days when you’d need funding to start or grow your business, and you’d get in your car and head down to the bank on the corner? You knew your banker personally, perhaps even had kids in the same class at school, or would often see them at your favorite local restaurant. This personal... Read more »

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Our Favorite Tools to Create Your Pitch

by Spencer Grover

Your pitch deck is probably the most important piece of sales collateral that you’ll make for your business. It doesn’t matter if you’re selling pizza slices or the blueprints to a nuclear reactor—you’re always going to need to explain your big idea to investors or clients. And what is your primary tool to elucidate that... Read more »

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30 Questions Angel Investors Will Ask You

by Tim Berry

When you pitch a startup to angel investors, you want to get questions. If you don’t get questions then your pitch fell flat and nobody is interested. So plan on answering questions—and hope you have some to answer! Embrace interruptions Most of the business plan competitions I judge ask the judges to listen quietly for... Read more »

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10 Things the Bank Will Ask When You Need a Business Loan

by Tim Berry

That bank loan you want for your company? Well, the bank is going to want a lot before they give it to you. Do you find this daunting? Me too. I was really disappointed when I needed my company’s first commercial bank loan to finance receivables of more than $1 million—from well-known distributors no less—and we... Read more »

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Master Your Pitch and Find Funding Success

by Daniel Faris

As far as pitching an idea goes, business solutions very rarely sell themselves. If you’ve ever had to stand up in front of people with the power to decide the future of your enterprise, you’ll know how daunting it can be. The following article is divided into two sections. First, I’ll address a few of... Read more »

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BloomNation: An Unconventional Startup Story

by Briana Morgaine

It’s like the plot of a Hollywood movie: Three best friends, with no prior business experience, decide to band together and form a startup business. They hope to create an innovative platform that will shake up the floral industry, and help both customers and florists alike. But, of course, they need funding—and wouldn’t you know... Read more »

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Is Bad Body Language Ruining Your Pitch? Here’s How to Fix It

by Briana Morgaine

During my sophomore year of college, I took a speech class called Intro to Public Speaking. Our final project was a 10 minute speech on a topic of our choosing. We were allowed note cards, visuals—anything that would help us give an engaging presentation. Sounds easy enough, right? I thought so, until I saw some... Read more »

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11 Angel Investor Blogs You Should Be Reading

by Noah Parsons

In the business world, angel investors are sometimes equated with actual angels, sent to help us fund what could not otherwise be funded. These guardian angels of innovation are responsible for bringing many new ideas to life. The thing is, many of us—most notably those seeking investment—don’t know a lot about what angel investors are... Read more »

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Why My Crowdfunding Campaign Failed

by Angelique O'Rourke

Crowdfunding has a reputation as an accessible way to secure funding for startups and small businesses. It’s quick and easy; just throw up your video, backers start investing their money, and you’re set. Anyone can do it, right? The truth is, it’s far from that simple. For every story of someone whose project went viral... Read more »

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My Favorite Patreon Profiles

by Briana Morgaine

How many creators today would love to have the modern equivalent of a court patron, a wealthy benefactor such as a king who supported their work as a musician, writer, or artist, while they continued to create? It sounds like an ideal situation—the artist receives enough funding to work creatively, and the patron is rewarded... Read more »

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17 Venture Capital Blogs You Should Be Reading

by Noah Parsons

Whether or not you’re raising money for your business, getting advice from venture capitalists can be invaluable. But, getting in the doors of a Sand Hill Road VC in Silicon Valley can be an incredibly difficult undertaking. Fortunately, many of the top VCs share their thoughts on their blogs and are full of advice for... Read more »

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8 Quick Tips on How to Establish Business Credit and Get Financing

by Levi King

Have you ever been denied for business financing? If so, you’re not alone. More than 50% of small business owners who apply for financing get nothing. Personal and business credit scores are the primary cause for denial. If you haven’t taken the time to establish strong business credit, now is the time to start. I... Read more »

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The 10 Best Side Businesses to Fund Your Startup (Plus One Unexpected Suggestion)

by Briana Morgaine

So, you have a great idea for a new business? The thing is, getting started isn’t as straightforward as some people make it sound. What if you need a little help getting it off the ground? In addition to creating a solid business plan, marketing your business, and a host of other details you’ll be... Read more »

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How Technology Can Help Your Business Get Funded

by Owen Andrew

As a startup founder, your financial situation and getting your ideas funded are likely at the forefront of your mind much of the time. In fact, raising capital can be one of the most difficult tasks that any entrepreneur has to accomplish—it takes time, intelligence, creativity, and yes, a little bit of luck. However, there... Read more »

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How to Fine-tune Your Small Business Finances—from Funding to Growth [Webinar Recap]

by Jonathan Michael

Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner with questions about funding your small business? Maybe you are wondering which metrics to track, or whether or not you should take out a loan for your business. If so, stick around—in this webinar, we featured a panel of experts to answer questions about funding your small... Read more »

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3 Hurdles to Getting a Bank Loan and How to Overcome Them

by Marc Prosser

The percentage of total bank business loans that go to small businesses is in a steady decline, from over 50% in 1995, to under 30% in 2012. While it is harder than ever for small businesses to get a bank loan, it’s not impossible. Here are three of the primary hurdles you will encounter when... Read more »

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Are You Ready for Equity Based Crowdfunding?

by Kali Banks

Are you an emerging entrepreneur with an underfunded venture? Could your business flourish with a gush of money and hype? Then, the unveiling of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed equity crowdfunding rules reveals a panacea for growing your business’s coffers. The SEC’s proposed rules (mandated by the JOBS Act of 2012) amend the Securities... Read more »

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How Much Money Should I Invest in My Business?

by Lisa Furgison

One of the daunting questions that every entrepreneur faces when opening a business is: How much capital should I invest? Realistically, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all number that applies to every business. It can be tricky to figure this number out, but it’s vital to your business’s success. You’ll need that number to create a business... Read more »

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How to Fine-tune Your Small Business Finances—from Funding to Growth [Free Webinar]

by Sabrina Parsons

Obtaining funding continues to be the biggest barrier to starting a business, while ineffectively managing cash flow is what causes most small business owners to close their doors. If you’re an entrepreneur, then you’re familiar with the need to obtain funding to start your business. As a small business owner, perhaps what’s keeping you from growing... Read more »

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The Complete Guide to SBA Loans

by Candice Landau

What is an SBA loan? The U.S. Small Business Administration was created in 1953 to help Americans start, build, and grow their businesses. As an independent agency of the government, the SBA partners with both public and private organizations to deliver its services, including loans. An SBA Loan is not a direct loan from the... Read more »