Real Small Business
If you're looking for financing for your fast-growth startup, there are a wide variety of Web resources you can turn to for help.
These sites can help:
Financing sources and information
Initiated by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Access to Capital Electronic Network (ACE-Net) is a not-for-profit, Internet-based listing service that allows accredited investors (primarily angels and venture capitalists) to learn about small companies seeking funds.
Most investments fall into the $250,000 to $5 million range.
Garage is an Internet-based matchmaking service that links technology and life sciences startups in need of initial financing with potential investors.
Entrepreneurs can confidentially submit business plans for consideration through the Web site, which also offers valuable news and information about equity funding sources.
PricewaterhouseCoopers Money Tree
The PricewaterhouseCoopers quarterly Money Tree study tracks equity investments made by venture capital companies in U.S. private companies.
The site is extremely useful for tracking financing trends, and can give you an idea of the kinds of companies that are getting money.
Private Equity Network
An online meeting place designed for entrepreneurs and investors to come together, this site offers a range of useful resources, including educational materials, publications, and venture investment industry news.
Much of the basic information is free, but paid membership is required for premium services.
National Association of Small Business Investment Companies
The NASBIC is the professional trade association representing federally-licensed venture capital firms, also known as small business investment companies (SBICs). Its site contains a directory of SBICs, along with tips and hints for approaching and working with these providers.
National Business Incubation Association
This advocacy group's Web site provides information about business incubation. A links area provides access to the sites of member incubation programs.
National Venture Capital Association
The trade association representing the venture capital and private equity financing industries, the NVCA is an excellent source for VC trends and industry statistics.
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Small Business Guide
- Starting Up Your Business
- Structuring The Business
- Creating a Business Plan
- Your Company's Public Relations
- Effective Competitive Analysis
- Managing Purchasing to Maximize Cash Flow
- Bidding Basics
- Hiring Staff
- Small Business Insurance
- Small Business Resources
- Vacations and Taking Time Off
- Preparing for Tax Season
- Cash Flow
- Your Company's Credit
- Getting Funding
- Employee Compensation