SparkMarket’s Official Web Site & Campaign Launch

We’re gearing up for Access to Capital Seattle, our fourth stop on the Money to Mainstreet tour. This will be the last event of 2013, and it is exciting to reflect on the successful events under our belt. We were in Atlanta in August and were fortunate to have a very unique crowdfunding panel thanks […]

Investor Advertising is Fair Game Thanks to the JOBS Act

If you’re trying to access capital, you’re in luck because the process of attracting potential investors just got a lot easier. As of September 23, Title II of the JOBS Act lifted a ban on advertising to investors that has been in place since the Great Depression. This means that all methods of attracting investors […]

What is the D&B D-U-N-S® Number? Who uses it?

When signing up for the Access to Capital event in Seattle, businesses will be asked to register with their D&B D-U-N-S® Number.  If businesses are unsure if they have a D&B D-U-N-S Number, D&B can first check to see if one is on file.  The infographic below explains to attendees what their Number is and […]

Community Resources for Small Businesses

Accessing capital is only one step of business ownership. Running a business is a complicated process and can be particularly intimidating for first-time business owners and entrepreneurs. Luckily, community resources are readily available at free or low cost for business owners looking to start, grow or maintain their companies. Local Small Business Development Centers, Chambers […]

Startup? Where to Start

Have a great idea for a business but no idea where to begin? Fret not, because local resources for start-ups are abundant. Business schools, incubators, accelerator programs, and small business development centers are just some of the ways entrepreneurs can hone their concepts and start taking steps necessary to jumpstart their companies. Business Schools While […]

Your Money or Your Life!

For those of you old enough to remember the great comedian Jack Benny, you may recall his long, drawn out pauses when being prompted with questions from bandits that often times concluded with a “Well…?!” from the bandit. Benny, a legendary cheapskate, quickly replies, “I’m thinking! I’m thinking!”  As business owners in search of capital, […]