There’s a wealth of information on capital and small business financing available across the Web. Here are some of the top websites to help you get informed:
Small Business Sites:
Cdfifund.gov — Community Development Financial Institution funds are available here for small business capital and investing of low-income areas.
SBA.gov — The official website of the Small Business Administration. This site provides support as well as tools to educate yourself on the world of small business.
Asbdc-us.org — Hosted by leading universities, colleges and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, approximately 1,000 Small Business Development Centers are available to provide no-cost business consulting and low-cost training.
General Business Sites:
BusinessDictionary.com — Quick tool for understanding a business glossary. Also available are tips and articles in the resource section.
Businessweek.com — A global source of information, articles, strategy and analytics for your business.
Entrepreneur.com — A Web source dedicated to informing and inspiring the entrepreneur. It provides strategy, tips, tools, and current events to help maximize your startup potential.
Findlaw.com — A good legal source for consumer and business reference.
Investopedia.com — Investopedia is the largest website devoted entirely to investing. It is an unbiased education center and dictionary for investing, finance, and business.
Treasury.gov — U.S. Treasury Department. Good source for current information regarding banking, legal issues, and news in the government.
Wallstreetmicrofinance.com — A guideline to micro-finance. From basics to the expertise.
FundWell.com — FundWell is a site with a focus on connecting entrepreneurs with referrals to the right funding source and providing financial health advice and information.
Grameenfoundation.org — This is a micro-financing institution that aims to provide capital to the poorest communities of the world.
GRPFunding.com — GRP Funding is a lender specializing in business loans and cash advances. This alternative lender requires very little documentation and no credit score, has no use restrictions, up to 24-month terms, and only one-page applications.
Indiegogo.com — This is a crowdfunding platform where people who want to raise money can create fundraising campaigns to tell their story and get the word out. It’s also a place to discover what people all over the world are passionate about and how to get involved.
IOUCentral.com — A web-based, government-regulated small business lender that enable business owners to apply for loans in a high-tech, low-touch way.
Kabbage.com — Kabbage is a working capital lender that provides cash advances.
Kickstarter.com — This is a funding platform for start-up projects. Backers pledge a certain dollar amount with the expectation that the project will be completed to repay the loan.
Kiva.org — Micro-financing institution used to match lenders with poorer borrowers. Kiva manages your money and pays lenders back.
Lendingclub.com — A peer-to-peer lending site that pairs borrowers and lenders. Avoid bank loans by borrowing through Lending Club.
Lendio.com — An online service that help business owners find the right business loans in minutes.
Multifunding.com — A consulting firm that helps educate clients about loan options and apply for appropriate financing.
Prosper.com — A peer-to-peer lending site where individuals can make small donations to your project. Apply to borrow money or donate money for a cause!
SoMoLend.com — A debt-based funding platform that connects small business borrowers with corporate, institutional, organization and individual lenders, such as friends and family or accredited investors.