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The law that President Obama is set to sign this week is expected to unleash a wave of crowdfunding. That promises to give some startups access to capital they wouldn't have had otherwise, but it could set up unwary entrepreneurs for a headache. Crowdfunding is a way of raising capital that involves getting[...]
Crowdfunding is now just a small piece of the startup funding pie. Just wait. An imminent law change could transform the donate-to-my-cause-for-a-tote-bag industry into a popular way for small companies to raise the cash they need to grow. The legislation, which Congress passed yesterday and awaits President Obama’s promised signature, is expected to unleash[...]
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Raising capital for a startup venture during these difficult economic times has been a major obstacle for many aspiring entrepreneurs. But it's not impossible. There are several steps budding business owners can take to get in front of prospective investors and to help make sure they pony over[...]
Pitching venture-capital investors to launch or grow your business is a delicate process, so you need to tread carefully. There's an art to making a successful pitch, says Aaron Levie, cofounder and CEO of Box, an online co ntent-sharing company based in Palo Alto, Calif. He has raised $162 million in five rounds of funding[...]
On March 23, the face of health care in the United States changed dramatically when President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) into law. The legislation makes sweeping changes in the nation's health-care system, including how health coverage is obtained and what it covers. Before[...]
The government has selected a clean-technology investment company as its first partner in an effort to support innovation and job growth in areas deemed "critical" and a "national priority" like low-income regions, clean energy and education. And Citi has stepped in as the lead private investor in the deal. The[...]
More than 700 leaders of top entrepreneurial companies around the U.S. -- from the likes of Apple, Yahoo and Yelp -- signed a letter that was sent to U.S. Senate leaders today encouraging them to pass legislation that would make it easier for startups go public. "During the past decade,[...]
While only offered at roughly a third of all credit unions, business loans are the fastest-growing segment of these member-owned institutions' loan portfolios, showing double-digit growth in three of the past five years. Could a credit union be the answer to your financial needs? "Because credit unions are member-owned financial cooperatives, we[...]
The nation's small businesses have struggled to get anybody to loan them money since the Great Recession started. Meanwhile, banks and credit unions have been fighting over who deserves the right to make small business loans to them. And as the JOBS Act works its way through Congress, that battle has grown fiercer. Credit[...]
In 2011, lending programs from the U.S. Small Business Administration hit record levels. SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills says lending is back in the market, but there are still gaps.
Representative Paul D. Ryan isn't just a Republican congressman from Wisconsin, a health nut or a deer hunter who makes his own bratwurst. He is what some small-business owners are calling a "bold" choice for vice president. Over the weekend, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney surprised the public by offering his[...]
Business is heating up for Mark Cieslikowski, whose vinegar-based barbeque sauce has been named the "official sauce" of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Since May, when contest winners were announced, patrons have been coming in asking for "some of that 'Obama sauce,' " says Cieslikowski, co-owner of Q2U BBQ Pit[...]