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Great Financial Web Sites for Raising Capital

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If you’re trying to raise capital for your business venture, you can turn to a considerable number of comprehensive Web sites for financial information. Strengthen your quest for capital by visiting these sites:

  • VC Experts has a simple mission statement: “To leverage the power of the Internet to minimize the inefficiencies in the venture capitalization process.”

  • Beyond its matchmaking service, Garage Technology Ventures offers forums for discussion of venture capital issues, conferences, a start-up recruiting and job-finding service, and plenty of links to other Web sites of interest.

  • Explore ACE-Net if you’re looking for financing in the range of $250,000 to $5 million — amounts too high for debt financing but too small for most venture capitalists.

  • Through its direct loan and loan guaranty programs, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has provided millions of dollars of financing to thousands of small businesses — many of them unable to obtain loans from any other source. If yours is a small business, be sure to give the SBA a try.

  • Quicken has its own small-business Web site, chock-full of all kinds of useful financial information and tools for small and growing businesses.

  • The Beyster Institute for Entrepreneurial Employee Ownership runs a great Web site that offers loads of information about employee ownership, including an extensive resource library, financial tools, and an online magazine.