Loans and Grants

Grants. Seriously, Grants

There’s a comment on my post about invention grants from last week, asking for more information about grants. The source site for that was the NCIIA, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, which has some grants for companies and for teachers, too. I may have to rethink grants. I’ve been pretty negative about grants on...

By Tim Berry |

Becoming an investor/lender through Kiva.org

On this site, and many others, the talk regularly concerns how entrepreneurs can get their startup funding. It is an important part of every business startup. And two parties are always involved. The people who need to get (borrow usually) the money, and those who give (lend, usually) the money. Today I’m encouraging entrepreneurs to...

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The Personal Guarantee for Credit Approval

A personal guarantee (PG) is requested by lenders in order to ensure that they get paid any debt issued to a corporation or LLC. The personal guarantee is signed by an individual typically involved in the business. In most cases it’s one of the owners, officers, or board of directors. The National Association of Credit...

By David Gass |

Good Debt vs. Bad Debt

I hate debt. I don’t like the feeling of owing anyone money. Though I was repeatedly taught in my youth to avoid debt like the plague, I didn’t listen very well — I was nearly $1m in debt at age 25! Some things are learned the hard way. As much as I dislike debt now,...

By David Gass |

Behave Your Way to Obtaining Capital for Your Business

In his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Dr. Stephen Covey recounts a conversation with a man who hated attending out-of-town training events. The man explained that his wife calls and hounds him on every detail of the day, whom he dines with, etc., and that he felt imprisoned by it. He also...

By David Gass |

Raising Business Capital from People You Know

Asking for business capital from people you know is very different from putting in a loan application at the bank. The good news is that you already have a personal relationship, so chances are they won’t run a credit check or ask you to put up your home as collateral, and may even give you...

By CircleLending |

Funding a Business from Friends and Family

If I could make a point with budding entrepreneurs, it would be that you should know what money you need and understand that it is at risk. Don’t bet money you can’t afford to lose. I’ll always remember a talk I had with a man who had spent 15 years trying to make his sailboat...

By Tim Berry |

SBA Business Loans

Given your business plan and your collateral situation, you might look for special loans funded by government development agencies. If you are in the U.S., then you are probably looking for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. The SBA is a federal government agency that guarantees bank loans to small business. The SBA has many different...

By Tim Berry |

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