Raising Capital in an Economic Slowdown

Raising Capital in an Economic Slowdown Avatar Posted by JohnH under Raising Capital
From http://www.businessweek.com 3755 days ago
Made Hot by: on February 7, 2008 6:17 am
Raising capital is difficult under normal conditions, and a tight credit market and fears of an economic slowdown have made the challenge harder. Unproven early-stage companies could face a tough time finding funds from informal investors who are less willing to take risks in an unsteady economy. Firms looking for equity investments should expect Read More

Peer-to-peer lending gaining steam

Peer-to-peer lending gaining steam Avatar Posted by JohnH under Raising Capital
From http://www.newsobserver.com 3757 days ago
Made Hot by: on February 6, 2008 1:21 am
Make way for peer-to-peer lending - where anyone with Web access can be a banker and small business owners are finding a new way to raise cash. The industry is still in its infancy, but has been catching fire as major players enter the market. The UK's Zopa - considered the grand-daddy of the niche - launched its U.S. operations in December, Cali Read More

Perfect credit not needed for business lender (w/video)

Perfect credit not needed for business lender (w/video) Avatar Posted by TimJustus under Raising Capital
From http://www.chron.com 3767 days ago
Made Hot by: on January 27, 2008 6:30 pm
All Monique Walker needed was $5,000 to rebuild her business in Houston after Hurricane Katrina. But the banks said no. Arga Bourgeois needed $10,000 to expand her store, the only health food outlet in her black neighborhood. But the banks said no. Both women found help with Acción Texas, a nonprofit lender that provides microloans to startups or Read More

Community banks have edge in small business loans

Community banks have edge in small business loans Avatar Posted by TimJustus under Raising Capital
From http://www.murfreesboropost.com 3772 days ago
Made Hot by: on January 22, 2008 2:54 am
Community banks often have the edge in securing small-business clients because of the personal attention they can provide and the knowledge they have of their market; many have bankers who have worked in the same market for more than 30 years. These types of banks offer a full range of services and are able to make decisions locally, based on the Read More

Discover what VC firms are really like

Discover what VC firms are really like Avatar Posted by ArmadaIG under Raising Capital
From http://www.businessweek.com 3779 days ago
Made Hot by: digitalsmash on January 14, 2008 7:11 pm
This is about the guy who started TheFunded.com, a Web site that lets entrepreneurs anonymously rank, review, and post comments about venture capital firms. Not only can you use the site to find VC firms, but you'll get the inside scoop of how they'll treat you. Read More

Financing: Follow the Lead

Financing: Follow the Lead Avatar Posted by Becky under Raising Capital
From http://www.entrepreneur.com 3785 days ago
Made Hot by: on January 10, 2008 2:04 am
Finding investors is hard work. Entrepreneurs who have been through the process a few times, like Todd Parsons, 40, co-founder of San Francisco-based BuzzLogic, will tell you it's the hardest part of running a business. For Parsons, who co-founded BuzzLogic with Jeff Glover, 40, and Mitch Ratcliffe, 45, finding venture capital to turn the consult Read More

A P2P Lending Alternative

A P2P Lending Alternative Avatar Posted by dobbie under Raising Capital
From http://www.smallbizresource.com 3803 days ago
Made Hot by: on January 2, 2008 10:37 pm
There are banks and credit unions and loan sharks. Now you can add a new funding option to the list and it's one that small businesses, with good solid credit, may find extremely beneficial. Simply, the Lending Club uses social networking to hook lenders and borrowers together. It's like the Match.com of credit. Those with good credit reports ca Read More

Smaller Business Will Increasingly Bypass Traditional Funding Methods

Smaller Business Will Increasingly Bypass Traditional Funding Methods Avatar Posted by dobbie under Raising Capital
From http://bmighty.com 3803 days ago
Made Hot by: on December 30, 2007 11:32 pm
How will small and midsize business fund their IT spending next year? Don't be surprised if many turn to online peer-to-peer (P2P) lenders. P2P lending will continue to surge in 2008, even as the economy teeters on recession. According to the Wall Street Journal,"Roughly $100 million in new person-to-person loans will be issued this year [2007], Read More
Not so long ago, IPO was considered a four-letter word. After the IPO bubble burst in 2001, there were so few small businesses that could go public that it seemed as though the opportunity was lost forever. But if the momentum building in 2007 is any indication, the curse may finally be lifted. This year, IPOs are on track to exceed--in both numbe Read More

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Kimberly Turner @kimberlyaturner Helps Moms Succeed

At age 16, Kimberly Turner was on her way to becoming a statistic. An unmarried teenage mom with few prospects, she … More
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