As an entrepreneur, it can be quite overwhelming to evaluate your options for raising capital. You might be surprised to find that there are options for raising capital that you may have never heard of. We can help you make sense of all of the options and find the one that makes sense for you.
The Challenge of Raising Capital for Small Business
Raising capital is one of the most difficult challenges faced by today’s entrepreneurs.
- Bank loans are very hard to get
- Risk capital investors (angels and venture capital funds) expect high growth and rapid exit, which are not options for a huge majority of businesses
- Complicated securities regulations place severe limits on who can invest
Strategies to Raise Capital
We have identified five strategies that allow you to raise money from both wealthy and non-wealthy investors in compliance with securities law:
- Direct Public Offerings (DPOs).
- Private offerings
- Special strategies for cooperatives
- Fan-based funding (donations, pre-sales, memberships, etc.)
- Grants and public-private partnerships
We help you raise capital using the strategies above. Not sure what your options are? Request a financing strategy session.
If you’re a capital raising advisor, be sure to check out our Advisors FAQ.
Is a Direct Public Offering Right for You?
If you can answer “yes” to most of these questions, then you’re likely to be a good fit for a DPO.
- Is your business something that might excite potential investors or appeal to a particular affinity group? For example, do you find that your customers love you and want to be your fan on Facebook? Are you invited to speak about your business at conferences? Do people get excited when talking about your business model?
- Does your team have a reputation for integrity and honesty? Is your past free of any “red flags” that might make people think twice about investing in your business?
- Do you have a track record of running a successful business?
- Is your business model easy to understand for the average person or at least to a decently-sized affinity group?
- Do people tell you they would love to invest in your business?
- Do you have a network of contacts and affiliations that could serve as a channel to get the word out about investing in your business? Examples could include your place of worship, professional associations, neighborhood groups, etc.
- Are you comfortable with promoting your business to potential investors? Are you willing to “pitch” the investment or do you have someone else on your team who can?
- Do you or someone on your team have time to devote to a fundraising process? You may need to devote several hours per week to communicating with potential investors and completing compliance work?
Think you’re a good fit?
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