When you’ve got a brilliant idea for a new product to bring to market or you need to scale to get to the next level, you often need money—more than you can come up with on your own. That’s why a lot of people look to investors for help. People that will give you the cash you need in exchange for equity in your company. The problem? Many people don’t know where to find investors, much less how to gain their interest. That’s why you need to keep reading. We’re going to fill in the investor blanks for you today so you have the knowledge you need to get the money you want.

What Investors Want

First and foremost, investors … Read more →

Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Plumfund. These are just a few crowdfunding companies that are capitalizing on the need entrepreneurs have for funding and the fact that people in general, like to be part of something bigger than themselves. The truth is, lots of people are willing to part with a little bit of money in order to play a role in bringing the next big thing to market. Enter crowdfunding, the social entrepreneurs fundraising strategy that is breaking down barriers to the venture capital market and providing millions of dollars every year to game changing companies with irresistible ideas.


New crowdfunding companies are popping up every day. In fact, it’s become such a huge phenomenon, that anyone can start a crowdfunding … Read more →

If you’re like a lot of small business owners, when you hear the term “loan shark” you probably think of a mob boss, lending out money acquired by illegal means and threatening physical harm in order to guarantee they’re repaid. However, the term can actually refer to legal or illegal lending. We’re going to give you some valuable info on the legal variety and hopefully clear up some misconceptions so you’re well equipped to decide when, if ever, you may want to go this route.

The term “loan shark” is often used in conjunction with predatory lending practices, and for good reason. Predatory lending is any form of lending that puts unfair or abusive loan terms on a borrower. Predatory … Read more →

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