Financing Your Business

*SBA Loans
SBA has developed a number of financial programs for small businesses.


BusinessFinance.com
BusinessFinance.com- A free Business Funding directory of business loans, angel investor and venture capital resources. A place to find and match your need for capital with the investors who fit best. This site will also guide you through organizing and writing a funding request for your small business.


Common Angels
Named after the city's historic public meeting grounds, CommonAngels® is a group of 50 leading private investors and several dozen limited partners in two co-investment funds. We have rich expertise in over 58 specific sectors; have founded over 115 companies; sold over 100; and participated in over 34 IPOs. We finance the region's most innovative high-tech ventures with a focus on capital efficiency: Series A rounds of $500K-$5M with total capital less than $20M.


Finance Authority of Maine (FAME)
The Finance Authority of Maine provides innovative financial solutions to help Maine citizens pursue business and educational opportunities.


Grants.gov
Grants.gov is your source to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for Grants.gov, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community. Learn more about Grants.gov and determine if you are eligible for grant opportunities offered on this site.


Kick Starter (CrowdFunding)
 Why do people support projects?

REWARDS! Project creators inspire people to open their wallets by offering smart, fun, and tangible rewards (products, benefits, and experiences).

STORIES! Kickstarter projects are efforts by real people to do something they love, something fun, or at least something of note. These stories unfold through blog posts, pics, and videos as people bring their ideas to life. Take a peek around the site and see what we're talking about. Stories abound.

Start with the HELP Page
http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/kickstarter%20basics#WhatIsKick


Maine Angels
MAINE ANGELS was founded to enhance regional economic development in and through the private sector, by providing a cooperative mechanism for interested individuals to collaboratively locate, investigate and make investments in early-stage, high risk/return opportunities. Through this mechanism, entrepreneurs can access critical resources of seed capital (generally $100,000 to $2,000,000 per instance) and management guidance from experienced business veterans, while investors can decrease the risk and increase the financial return of Angel Investing by cooperating in this activity with a disciplined and experienced group of like-minded colleagues.


Small Enterprise Growth Fund (SEGF)
The Small Enterprise Growth Fund (SEGF) is Maine's venture capital fund to provide resources that attract, support and develop eligible small businesses that will contribute to the prosperity of Maine.


Tools

  • Amortization tool
  • Financing Your Startup Business
  • Training

  • Maine SBDC OnDemand Workshops (free)
  • Publications

  • A Primer on Venture Capital in Maine
  • Is your business bankable? Montana SBDC
  • Resource

  • 8 crowdfunding sites to watch