Merchant Cash Advances Can Help Small Business Get Funds

It is often reported that small business is the engine that drives our economy. If that’s the case, the economy is clearly not firing on all cylinders. Small business growth, creation and ownership have been a part of the American Dream since our nation’s founding, but unfortunately the health of small businesses have not kept […]

“Where do I find a grant to start my woman owned business?”

All too often at the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) we hear the question, “Where are the grants for women to start their businesses?” The answer: There are none.  No really, there are none.  If you find a grant for women starting a business, please post the information in the comments below, because in the […]

Next Stop on the Access to Capital Road Trip: Chicago!

On October 18th, 2012, a catalyst occurred in Los Angeles, a catalyst that led to tens of millions of dollars in new small business loans. What happened that day, you might wonder. What one thing could be responsible for prompting millions of dollars of small business loans? I’ll tell you. It was an event: Access […]

VIDEO: Chance Barnett – Importance of Access to Capital

Entrepreneur Chance Barnett, founder of Crowdfunder, is one of many incredible speakers that will be sharing their insights at the Access to Capital conference on October 18th! In this video he discusses the transformative nature of capital when small business owners are able to get the capital they need to grow their businesses. In particular, […]

Non-Profits Need Access to Capital to Create Jobs Too

The non-profit sector has already created millions of jobs and has potential to add many more.   A study conducted by Lester M. Salamon, S. Wojciech Sokolowski, and Stephanie L. Geller of Johns Hopkins University, showed that in 2010 the non-profit sector had a total of 10.7 million paid workers [*.pdf] coming close to other industries, such as manufacturing at 11.5 million workers. […]

Business Plan Competitions, an Alternative Source of Capital

In this tough economic environment, aspiring entrepreneurs’ and current business owners are having difficulty securing capital for their business.  There are several alternative sources of financing than traditional financial institutions, but one alternative that gets overlooked are business plan competitions.  Unlike bank loans, this form of financing involves the least amount of risk to you and your […]