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

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Lessons Learned: Why My Kickstarter Campaign Failed

By Lisa Furgison

Plan to do some fundraising on Kickstarter? Hear what tanked one entrepreneur's campaign before you set up a fundraising page. Read more »

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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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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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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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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 »