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.