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Raising money for your business
is not easy, but it does not have to be frustrating. Most entrepreneurs
dont raise money regularly and are not aware of all types
of financial sources and financial instruments. This test is designed
to help you get an initial understanding of what the financiers
look for in businesses they finance, and to check whether your
business needs are right for them.
The Right Financing should
Be easier to obtain in
time, cost and frustration.
Be better for your business in matching your business and personal needs
Allow you to achieve your reasonable business goals.
The Right Financing for a business includes:
Financial Sources: Those that fit the companys needs
and financiers criteria. In general, sources can be
Lenders: Commercial and savings banks; asset-based lenders;
leasing and venture leasing companies; insurance companies;
factoring companies; and real estate lenders.
Investors: Angels; corporations; venture capitalists; mezzanine financiers
and real estate investors.
Development finance sources: Local, State or Federal sources offering
equity, loans, subordinated loans and grants; sources offering financing for
various considerations, such as size, minority status, location, job creation,
real estate development, high-tech development, exports, etc.
Financial Instruments: Debt, equity or hybrids (such as
convertibles and warrants) should be matched with the type
of asset, the cash flow available, the risk, the payback
term, the cost and the conditions (terms and covenants).
Structure: Selecting the right amounts to be raised at
each stage to satisfy business needs while reducing dilution;
and choosing the right financial sources and instruments
that best meets the needs of the company.
This test focuses on some of the popular financial sources.
For more on financial sources and instruments, see "Financing
Business: How To Do It Right!" by Dileep Rao. For more on
structuring, see "Financing Business WORKBOOK: How To Structure
It Right!" by Dileep Rao.
Please note we do not guarantee that you will find financing or
that the information in this test is totally correct. It represents
our best judgment and information obtained.