There are many articles out there that provide a wide array of lofty advice about fundraising. Some of the groundbreaking tips in those articles may cause you to rethink minor details such as the order of the slides in your deck or even something as major as your go-to-market strategy. This is not one of those articles, but we do have an ebook full of stories that are sure to inspire here.
Early in his company’s history, entrepreneur Greg Vetter achieved a seemingly impossible feat: he convinced Whole Foods to distribute his family’s line of salad dressings on a national level.
Although the green light from Whole Foods provided an incredible opportunity, Greg knew it meant he needed capital—fast. So, he liquidated his and his wife’s 401(k)s, maxed out his credit cards, and even used his parents’ home as collateral to secure a bank loan. Then, he raised an additional $1 million from about 30 friends and family members.
Small businesses must transform themselves to keep up with ever-changing technologies moving the world forward. It’s vital to their success in a competitive business landscape, and it’s also crucial to the success of the greater economy. According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses accounted for 63% of net new jobs from 1993 to 2013.
With that said, small companies can get a step ahead of the game by budgeting to take advantage of changes in their industries. Here are five small business trends that will make a splash in 2018.
Ross D. Blankenship is an expert venture capitalist, 6x best-selling author on investing, and angel investor in America's top startups. As an entrepreneur, Ross founded several successful companies in industries such as biotechnology, cybersecurity, and online e-commerce.
Nothing is more frustrating than knowing you’ve got a million dollar idea and not one dollar to put into it. But this is a common situation in today’s world. Many people barely have enough money to pay their monthly bills, much less finance a brand new company.
You’re a startup CEO. You’re running your business fast and lean. Getting your company’s financials cleaned up and organized is on your to-do list, but so are a thousand other things. You’ll get around to it—just as soon as you secure the loan that will help you scale up.
I hate to break it to you, but as long as your financials are a mess, that funding is going to stay forever out of your reach. At Lighter Capital, we field a lot of loan applications, and the number one reason we reject potential borrowers is that the entrepreneur is unable to produce financials. And we’re not the only ones who feel this way.
For any business owner considering taking out a loan with the Small Business Administration (SBA), it is not uncommon to be put off or overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information that you need to provide to apply.
But if you’re willing to put some time into it, you can absolutely prepare everything that you need to apply for and successfully obtain an SBA loan. Here, we’ve put together a cheat sheet detailing all of the most common pieces of information or documentation SBA lenders expect from loan applicants.
Ask yourself: How confident are you in your company’s financial position? How much knowledge do you have about the transactions and activity that flow in and out of your books? Not to mention, how much faith do you have in the accuracy of your financial picture?
Whether you’re bootstrapping your business, launching through joining an incubator, or you intend to seek help from a VC or angel investor, it’s not an easy task to raise money for a startup in any industry.
From startup funds to venture capital firms to influential individuals, inDinero’s investors are a diverse group of tech industry innovators and change-makers. But they didn’t come flocking to our company overnight.