Business Funding Guide

Most businesses require outside funding, but many small business owners don't know where to find it, or how much to ask for. Whether you need loans, small business grants, angel investors, venture capital, crowd funding, or investments from friends and family, you can greatly improve your chances of securing business capital with our expert tips and how-to guides.

Recent Business Funding Articles


506(c) Offerings and Crowdfunding: What’s the Difference?

By Andrea Uptmor

[caption id="attachment_37336" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Which type of funding should you seek for your business, 506(c) offerings or crowdfunding?[/caption] In the last two years, regulations set by the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) have undergone several changes. These changes were the result of the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act. The JOBS Act, as it is… Read more »


How to Secure Funding for Your Startup (with INFOGRAPHIC)

By Candice Landau

Why do so many businesses fail? According to a recent Forbes article, at the surface level, they simply run out of cash. It’s easy to get things wrong when you’re starting out and the article points out that 8 out of every 10 businesses fail within the first 18 months. Read more »


How to Impress Angel Investors and Make It into “Startup Heaven”

By Caroline Cummings

Ever wanted to ask an angel for advice? Now you can. Apart from a collection of tips direct from angel investors themselves, we're opening up our comment stream within this post. Got a question for one of the angels listed? Share it and they'll reply. Don't forget to use the hashtag #AngelTip on Twitter! Read more »


What’s the Difference Between a Small Business Venture and a Startup?

By Candice Landau

[caption id="attachment_37140" align="aligncenter" width="750"] In comparison to traditional business ventures, startups are expected to grow rapidly, at a rate of between 5% and 7% per week in their initial stage - Paul Graham, co-founder of Y Combinator[/caption] When I hear the word "startup," my mind immediately begins playing a reel of a bunch of twenty-something… Read more »


Do You Know How to Pitch Your Startup in Social Situations?

By Katherine Halek

[caption id="attachment_37002" align="aligncenter" width="750"] It can be hard to pitch your startup, but with a little practice, you'll be able to naturally bring it up in social situations—without feeling pushy or rehearsed.[/caption] You’ve struck stones together and you've finally seen a spark. You’ve worked hard to develop your ideas and build something worthy of faith… Read more »