How do I find money in this down market? Does anyone want to lend money now?
The dreaded money subject is often such a buzz kill. Unless you have Daddy Warbucks backing you up, you are most likely in the same situation as most Entreprenettes starting out. Now is the time to take a hard look at how BIG you want your company to be or how SMALL. This is all relevant to manufacturing as you will need to determine where to manufacture and how to meet your bottom line – as in profitability. Knowing what size business you are up to handling and what vision you have for it are integral to the process of “how much do you need”. There are plenty of places still out there to look for money. You need to be concise and precise about what you need and see if the fit it there. There are also lots of grants available to women. Explore the links below and see what works for you.
Finding money – grants, loans and contests. There are lots of resources out there for new start up grants and loans. Likewise, a lot of big corporations sponsor contests for the best business idea – some giving up to $25,000. Here is a list of various places you can explore for different options.
Business grant contest from intuit.
RaiseCapital.com is an online community where entrepreneurs can showcase their business ideas and capital needs, posting a text description, pictures and/or a video presentation of your venture, Investors can find dynamic, local, regional or nationwide investment opportunities with ease, angel financing, Angel investor, private financing, start up capital, venture capital
Angel Capital Association
This fast-growing association brings together many of the 330 angel organizations in the United States and Canada to share best practices, network, and help develop data about the field of angel investing.
Business Owners Idea Cafe
IdeaCafe.com – Small Business Ideas for starting a business, marketing, financing, grants, work at home & internet ecommerce. Network with others who KNOW what you’re going through.
Make Mine a Million
Start Your Business. Grow Your Business. Secure Your Family’s Future. Join the M3 RACE for expert advice, resources, coaching and community.
Programs and services to help you start, grow and succeed.
Organization that is etermined to promote policies and programs that remove roadblocks to growth and ensure the long-term viability of women in business.
Where ideas grow.
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