Seeking an SBA loan? Unfortunately, many businesses that want SBA loans get turned away by banks. Here are the 5 main reasons that SBA loan applicants get rejected, and what your alternatives are.

Funding a Business

5 Reasons You Might Not Qualify for an SBA Loan

Seeking an SBA loan? Unfortunately, many businesses that want SBA loans get turned away by banks. Here are the 5 main reasons that SBA loan applicants get rejected, and what your alternatives are.

By Marc Prosser |

How to Ask Family and Friends to Fund Your Business

Considering asking your friends and family to help fund a business? Many small businesses and startups turn to family and friends for funding. To do so successfully (and without damaging the relationship in the process), you'll want to follow these tips.

By Lisa Furgison |

5 Things Startups Can Learn From Angel Investors

Angel investors can teach you a lot about what it takes to start a successful business. Whether you're seeking angel investment or just looking to grow a better, stronger business, they're people worth listening to—and here's their best advice for startups.

By Tim Berry |

The 7 Key Components of a Perfect Elevator Pitch [With Video]

A solid elevator pitch is an essential tool for achieving your goals—and it needs to cover these 7 things. If you're pitching investors or building a pitch deck, here's how to make sure you've covered the essentials.

By Noah Parsons |

10 Things I Hated About Your Business Pitch

Business planning expert Tim Berry has over 20 years of hearing business pitches as a judge of business plan competitions and as an angel investor. Here are the things he hates to see in a business pitch, so you can avoid making these key mistakes.

By Tim Berry |

6 Simple Tricks to Avoid Late Paying Customers

If your business is growing and you've made a ton of sales, it might look on paper like everything is great. But until those customers pay their invoices, you can’t use that revenue to pay your own bills. But what can you do to encourage your customers to pay faster? Start with these six simple tricks.

By Meredith Wood |

What to Say in Your 1, 5, 10, or 20 Minute Pitch (+ Tips From Successful Entrepreneurs!)

Have the opportunity to pitch your business to an investor? How do you know what to include in pitching opportunities for varying lengths? We’ve got you covered, no matter what length of pitch you're working on.

By Angelique O'Rourke |

How to Get Funding for a Business

Are you considering becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own company? If so, you might be wondering how to get funding for a business in the first place. Here's a breakdown of your different funding options.

By Tim Berry |

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Seeking an SBA loan? Unfortunately, many businesses that want SBA loans get turned away by banks. Here are the 5 main reasons that SBA loan applicants get rejected, and what your alternatives are.