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Small Business Financing


  • U.S. Small-Business Borrowing Rises in October Monday, 3 Dec 2012 | 9:46 AM ET

    Borrowing by small businesses rose in October, as the central bank launched its latest round of monetary stimulus.

  • The office product company and online professional network have launched a digital forum offering networking, advice and content for small-business professionals.

  • How retailers can turn holiday shoppers into loyal year-round customers.

  • Meet KegSkins, a new way to keep beverages cold.

  • Eight Ways to Woo a VC Friday, 30 Nov 2012 | 4:32 PM ET
    8 Ways to Woo a VC

    Time to take your business to the next level? Consider these tips for raising venture capital.

  • Small Businesses Turn to Alternative Lenders Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012 | 10:08 AM ET
    Small Businesses Turn to Alternative Lenders

    A new crop of alternative lenders such as Kabbage are using software—and sometimes Facebook activity—to gauge businesses and review loan requests within minutes. But the loans can come with hefty fees.

  • How Trendy Funding Puts Pressure on Startups Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 9:59 AM ET
    How Trendy Funding Puts Pressure on Startups

    New online funding platforms are connecting entrepreneurs with potential financial backers. But for most upstarts that use crowdfunding websites to raise capital, the results can be more mixed.

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    What's so problematic about funding a start-up with a credit card?

  • Endeavor CEO: Start-Ups Can Help Greece Friday, 14 Sep 2012 | 2:15 PM ET

    Endeavor Global, a company that supports entrepreneurs in emerging markets, is focusing on Greece. Is the nonprofit crazy for jumping into the struggling nation?

  • Why Small Banks Aren't Always Best for Business Loans Friday, 31 Aug 2012 | 10:41 AM ET

    A new study shows local bank managers have much leeway when distributing loans. But that discretion isn't always beneficial for local businesses. Learn more.

  • Getting a Loan to Open a Franchise Gets Harder Thursday, 30 Aug 2012 | 2:17 PM ET

    First-time franchise buyers are finding it more difficult to gather money needed to get their businesses off the ground. What's happening among lenders?

  • Yao Ming Joins Dynasty of Celebrity VCs Monday, 25 Jun 2012 | 3:23 PM ET
    Yao Ming

    Yao Ming, the 31-year-old, 7-foot 6-inch former NBA star forced into early retirement from injuries, is now trying to make a splash as a venture capitalist in various projects in his home country.

  • When Hackers Wipe Out a Business Bank Account Wednesday, 13 Jun 2012 | 1:45 PM ET

    Computer security specialists say “corporate account takeovers” have become increasingly common, and small businesses are especially easy prey because many lack firewalls and monitoring systems.

  • Start Ups Need to Do Due Diligence on VCs Monday, 11 Jun 2012 | 4:13 PM ET
    JPMorgan prepares for the arrival of Facebook management.

    Choosing the right VC has become even more important in the wake of the Facebook IPO fallout.

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    A new survey by Citibank finds that 23 percent of small business owners have gone without pay for at least a year as they work to keep their businesses afloat in a tough economy.

  • New Model Breaks From Payday Lender Pack Monday, 4 Jun 2012 | 12:54 PM ET
    Progress Financial is a leading financial services company serving the needs of the growing Hispanic market.

    While Hispanic business leaders are trying to slow a nationwide drive toward stricter regulation of payday lenders, a new model, Progreso Financiero sees itself as a home-grown remedy for the credit drought in Hispanic communities, with fairer terms and stricter lending requirements.

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    Small businesses in states that were hit hardest by the collapse of the housing market — including Nevada, New Mexico and Florida — are having an especially hard time getting access to the capital they need to grow and hire.

  • How to Ask Your Bank for Money Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | 9:33 AM ET

    You're not pitching the upside--you're alleviating fears about downside risk. Make sure you know the difference.

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    A new survey from Bank of America shows that small business owners are more confident in their local economies than the national economy. And they’re looking for signs of growth in their local economies before they grow their business.

  • Small Businesses, Big Banks: Good Fit? Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | 10:40 AM ET

    One retailer's experience raises a question that many small businesspeople are asking in times of tighter credit and uneven profits: Are bigger banks willing to deal with the risk of a smaller business in tough times?