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How to Get a Business Loan

How to Secure a Business Loan: Tips From a Banking Executive

by Lisa Furgison

If you need to secure a loan for your business, you'll want to be prepared. Check out these tips from the head of business banking at Fifth Third Bank. Read more »

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4 Things That Will Scare Investors Away

Looking for Money? These 4 Things Will Scare Investors Away

by Lisa Furgison

Whether you’re trying to borrow money from a colleague or land the financial backing of a venture capitalist, there are certain traits that can scare even the hardiest of investors away. Finding startup funds may be one of the toughest things you’ll do as an entrepreneur, so if you have an interested investor you should... Read more »

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How to Get a Small Business Grant

Small Business Grants: The Facts and The Fiction

by Caron Beesley

Here’s what you need to know about government grants for small businesses, who is eligible to receive them, and how to go about getting them. Read more »

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Persistence Is Key

How Persistence Won Me The Business Grants I Needed

by Allison Berliner

"Not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth, we took the $1,000 check. The only problem was that we needed more: We’d already committed $2,000 to local boutiques." Read more »

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Rejected - Why You Won't Get Financing

REJECTED: 5 Reasons You Won’t Get Financed

by Andrea Vedder

Access to capital is vital for any entrepreneur's success, but many entrepreneurs' applications for financing are rejected. Why? Probably for one of these five reasons. Read more »

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A pitch is like reading a children's book. The illustrations support an engaging story.

What My Startup Accelerator Taught Me About Pitching

by Ely Greenberg

The culmination of an entrepreneurship accelerator is the opportunity to pitch investors on your business. After my business partners and I spent eight weeks in a startup accelerator at the JFE Network, we got the chance to show off Credential Cabinet to a room full of attentive investors. Pitching was a great experience. We told... Read more »

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Bad Investments

The Top 3 Worst Investments For Startups

by Lisa Furgison

Learn about three investments that you don't want to make as a new business owner. Read more »

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5 Things Missing From Most Entrepreneur Pitches

by Tim Berry

I found this list in a very good post from Charlie O’Donnell on his blog This is going to be BIG. I don’t know him, and I didn’t know his site, but on digging I discover he has done time with Union Square Ventures, teaches entrepreneurship and practices what he preaches with a couple of... Read more »

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Tip of the Week: Key Insight Into Crowdfunding

by Sabrina Parsons

A lot of times people want to ask me about crowd funding. What is it? Is it legal? Read more »

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Man in rain of money

My 13 Favorite Alternative Funding Options of 2013

by Caroline Cummings

Whether you’re a nonprofit, a new small business, a high-tech startup, or an up-and-running company, and whether you’re looking for a loan or a grant or an equity-sharing arrangement, there is an option for you. Read more »