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Funding

Everything you need to know about funding for your business from SBA Loans and commercial real estate loans, to finding investors.

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Private Equity vs. Venture Capital: What's the Difference?
By Donna Fuscaldo | September 16, 2020

Private equity and venture capital funding are both considered alternative investments, but there are significant differences between the two.

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What's the Difference Between a Secured and Unsecured Credit Card?
By Andrew Martins | September 14, 2020

Understanding the difference between a secured credit card and an unsecured credit card is the first step in choosing the right one for your business.

Advice
How do I get funding for a business startup?
By Onke Makalima | 6 Answers | Last Activity on September 11, 2020

I want to sell purified water to supermarkets and garages. Also sell to walk ins but I do not have capital. I will also supply functions

Advice
What specific lending options should I consider to purchase an established small business?
By Daniel Morrill | 4 Answers | Last Activity on September 11, 2020

I have worked for a successful small gym for ~10 years. The founder has expressed interest in selling, and I'd like to take a real shot at acquiring it. I know the ins and outs of running the place,...

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The Best Business Grants for Women in 2020
By Kiely Kuligowski | September 10, 2020

Women are still far behind in business funding. Here are some of the best business grants for women in 2020 that can help close the gap.

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How to Calculate Loan Payments
By Adam Uzialko | August 31, 2020

When you're considering accepting a business loan, it's important to develop a repayment plan. Here's how to calculate loan payments.

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Business Loan Terms You Should Know
By Simone Johnson | August 25, 2020

Here are the business loan terms you should know before you apply for funding.

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How FinTechs Are Changing Small Business Lending Amid the Pandemic
By Chris Porteous | August 19, 2020

The small business lending space won't go back to its pre-pandemic configuration because a bumper crop of new highly-skilled fintech innovators are bringing new approaches to lending to the market.

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What's the Difference Between a Grant and Business Loan?
By Skye Schooley | August 18, 2020

Learn whether a business grant or business loan is better for your business.

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3 Steps to Attract the Next Generation of Investors With Social Responsibility
By Brady Fletcher | August 13, 2020

COVID-19 brought CSR to the fore, and the increased consumer interest in it will remain. To capitalize on this, businesses must be transparent to investors and report on metrics tied to social good.

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Small Business COVID-19 Diaries: Part 5
By Adam Uzialko | August 04, 2020

COVID-19 upended economic activity and disrupted small business owners' lives. Here are stories from real entrepreneurs about how the novel coronavirus pandemic is impacting them.

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What You Need to Know Before Pitching a Product Idea to Investors
By Dima Venglinski | July 31, 2020

Follow these proven strategies to create a successful investment pitch deck – with recommendations on how to avoid missteps when introducing an idea to a funding organization or angel investor.

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10 Small Business Grants for Minorities in 2020
By Adam Uzialko | July 24, 2020

There are many grants available for minority-owned businesses. Find out how you can take advantage of these grant programs to start or grow your business.

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How to Get Your Business Loan Application Approved
By Adam Uzialko | July 21, 2020

Learn how to better position yourself to secure funding to start or grow your business.

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Small Business Guide to Alternative Lending
By Adam Uzialko | July 21, 2020

Looking for funding? When banks let you down, consider an alternative loan.

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Hidden Gotchas in Your Business Loan Repayment Terms
By Adam Uzialko | July 20, 2020

There's more to a loan than paying your monthly installment. Look for these hidden terms and fees a lender might include in a loan agreement.

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Will Paying off My Debt Improve My Business Credit Score?
By Sean Peek | July 10, 2020

Your personal and business credit scores can impact your company's financial future.

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What Is the Paycheck Protection Program, and How Can It Help Small Businesses During COVID-19?
By Adam Uzialko | July 06, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program is an element of the CARES Act, a $2 trillion stimulus package passed in March. How will it help small businesses weather the coronavirus pandemic?

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Top Small Business Grants of 2020
By Simone Johnson | July 03, 2020

Looking for a business grant? Find out which grant programs can help you grow your business.

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The Roadmap to Peer-to-Peer Lending
By Joshua Stowers | July 01, 2020

Looking for a loan or other business financing options? Find out which loans and lending platforms are right for you.

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SBA 7(a) Loans: Program Details, and How to Apply
By Dock David Treece | July 01, 2020

SBA 7(a) loans are popular options for small businesses that need financing but struggle to secure funding through conventional lenders. Here's what you need to know about an SBA 7(a) loan.

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Loans You Can Get With Bad Credit
By Adam Uzialko | June 30, 2020

If you have a bad credit score and need a business loan, these financing options could help you secure the funding you need.

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Rise of Click-and-Collect Options Presents Incredible Opportunities and Challenges
By Monica Eaton-Cardone | June 29, 2020

Contactless payments have recently grown in popularity, and it's important that we examine the long-term effect this might have on the market.

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How to Apply (and Get Approved) for a Business Loan
By Adam Uzialko | June 29, 2020

Many businesses need loans to launch or grow. This guide will help you apply for a business loan and improve your chances of approval.

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Should I Start My Own Business During Retirement?
By business.com editorial staff | June 26, 2020

Retirement doesn't always mean not working. Sometimes, it means pursuing entrepreneurship.

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How a Cash Advance Works
By Adam Uzialko | June 26, 2020

A cash advance provides you with fast cash, but is it worth the high price?

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SBA 504 Loans: Program Details and How to Apply
By Dock David Treece | June 26, 2020

The SBA 504 Loan Program is intended to spur economic development. Learn more about SBA 504 loans and how to apply for funding.

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What Is a Hard Money Loan?
By Simone Johnson | June 24, 2020

Hard money loans are based on the value of real estate or another asset, rather than credit score or debt-to-income ratio. Is this the right type of financing for your business?

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Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness: New Guidance Released by SBA
By Adam Uzialko | June 22, 2020

The SBA extended the deadline for businesses to return their Paycheck Protection Program loans to May 18. Here's what to know about returning your funds.

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Will There Be a Second Stimulus Check? What Is the HEROES Act?
By Adam Uzialko | June 19, 2020

The HEROES Act, a $3 trillion spending bill intended to further address the economic impact of COVID-19, includes a second check for individual taxpayers. But it has to pass the Senate first.