Resources for raising money

If you need funding for your small business, these websites can help.

By Anne Field, FSB Magazine

(FSB) -- Got a great business idea, but need cash to get it off the ground? Check out these links.

Getting started

An overview from the SBA: The basics on raising capital.

NFIB's "Financing Alternatives When Starting a Business": Most startups don't have the option of bank financing, here are some alternatives.

Business 2.0's "5 Ways to start a company (without quitting your day job)": It's sensitive ground, but if you're itching to break out of the cubicle you may not have to leave to explore the entrepreneurial waters.

Bootstrapping

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation's eVenturing: Site calls itself a "guide to high growth" for entrepreneurs.

Friends and family

FSB's "Creative Cash Flow": Without credit, a cosmetics entrepreneur had to come up with a fresh approach to funding his startup.

eVenturing's "Raising Early Stage Capital": How to raise capital when you are first organizing your business, or when it is at its earliest stages of growth.

Banks and grants

U.S. Small Business Administration loans: The agency does not offer loans but serves as a guarantor of loans made by private and other institutions. Here's an overview.

SBA Finance startup: The agency's outline of key factors a bank uses to analyze a potential borrower includes a self-assessment checklist.

Small Business Innovation Reseach (SBIR): If you've got a technology-related business idea, and/or you want to go after government contracts, check out this SBA resource.

Angels

Angel Capital Association: An alliance of nearly 200 angel organizations in the United States and Canada.

FSB's "Touched by an angel": Savvy entrepreneurs are looking to wealthy women for funding.

FSB's "How to fund other startups and get rich": Angel investors describe their paths from entrepreneur to financier.

Venture capital

FSB's "How to play the VC game -- and win big": Two Stanford MBAs who built a fast-growing concierge service show how women can get venture-capital funding. (The lessons apply to men, too.)

National Venture Capital Association: A good place to network and learn how VCs think and what they're looking to invest in.

Customers and suppliers

Product Development & Management Association: Here you'll find a portal full of information designed to connect innovators. Top of page

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