These are the most important contract terms when negotiating an agreement to accept outside investments, and why they’re worth worrying about.

Funding a Business

Accepting Outside Investors? Here Are 5 Things to Watch Out for in Your Contract

As a business owner, the idea of accepting expertise and a big check from an outside investor can seem like a complete win for you and your business. The truth of whether it’s actually a benefit for you, however, is often determined by what appears to be the boring fine print details of the contract...

By Rich McIver |

Is a Lender or Broker Deceiving You? Here’s How to Tell

Anyone who has spent any time in the loan industry knows how perilous it can be for small business owners. Due to the complicated nature of loans and legal speak, brokers and lenders often try to take advantage of small business owners. That’s why we have written this article, to explain three ways brokers and...

By Marc Prosser |

How Can I Get a Business Loan If My Credit Is Terrible?

The first thing you should know is that even if you are certain that your credit is poor, it is still possible to get financing. It’s not easy, but it is possible. There are options, but bad credit loans are high risk; you probably wouldn’t take them under different circumstances. Listen to Peter and Jonathan...

By Angelique O'Rourke |

Why Banks Are No Longer Lending to Small Businesses

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...

By Meredith Wood |

Our Favorite Tools to Create Your Pitch

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...

By Spencer Grover |

30 Questions Angel Investors Will Ask You

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...

By Tim Berry |

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

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...

By Tim Berry |

Master Your Pitch and Find Funding Success

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...

By Daniel Wilhelm |

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These are the most important contract terms when negotiating an agreement to accept outside investments, and why they’re worth worrying about.