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Entrepreneur Resources

Securing Start-Up Funding

Finding and obtaining funding may be the most difficult phase in starting up your business. There are essentially three options for funding:
  • Self-Financing
  • Debt Financing
  • Equity Financing

Once you decide how you are going to finance your start-up, you will need to think about where to go to receive the financing. There are several different sources of funding available, if you know where to look. The various types of potential funding available include:
  • Commercial Finance
  • Equipment Leasing
  • Government Funds
  • Investment Funds
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Venture Capital

The key is to know your business and how it can best be financed. Make sure you do not rush into anything and spend a lot of money before you fully understand what is going on. - Links to a variety of capital sources

Small Business Information: Financing Your Business - Understand all capital financing for your small business.

Accel Partners: Venture Capital - Resources for entrepreneurs and a master list of links to private equity sources.

National Venture Capital Association - Venture capital trade association. Overview of the venture capital industry and the latest statistics on investment activities.

Small Business Innovation Research Program - Government grants available to entrepreneurs for the purpose of technological innovations that are of interest to Federal Government agencies. - A venture capital investment bank that provides funding services for high tech start-ups.