• Angel Investors

    Angel Investors

    An angel investor (also known as a private investor, seed investor or angel funder) is a high net worth individual who provides financial backing for small startups or entrepreneurs, typically in exchange for ownership equity in the company.

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  • Commercial Lenders

    Commercial Lenders

    Financial institutions, such as banks and credit unions, make loans to businesses.

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  • Crowdfunding


    Small amounts of capital from a large number of individuals to start or grow a business.

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  • Friends and Family

    Friends and Family

    A very common source of debt financing for start-ups is family and friends.

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  • Local, state and federal business grants

    Local, state and federal business grants

    Government agencies do not generally fund small businesses with grants. Some specialized federal grants may be searched in grants.gov.

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  • Community development corporations

    Community development corporations

    Nonprofit organizations focused on revitalizing neighborhoods, typically low-income, underserved.

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  • Microlending


    Small loans to low-income groups or individuals who may not qualify for credit from traditional lenders.

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  • Small Business Administration approved lenders

    Small Business Administration approved lenders

    Small Business Administration (SBA) has a quick and easy tool to connect small business owners to approved SBA lenders.

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  • Venture Capital investors

    Venture Capital investors

    Venture capital is financing that investors provide to startup companies and small businesses that are believed to have long-term growth potential. Venture capital generally comes from well-off investors, investment banks and any other financial institutions. However, it does not always take a monetary form; it can also be provided in the form of technical or managerial expertise.

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