Funding a business, getting out of debt -- it all takes cash money, and this week our small business marketing and Web tool expert offers up two web resources to help you find or improve a steadier stream of cash flow.
Venture capital can be the life blood of a business, and I've found a great website that's designed to help parties on both sides of the investment coin -- entrepreneurs and investors. Whether you're looking for a business to invest some of your capital or you have an idea for a business and you need some funding, you should make a point at checking out the website called Raise Capital.
The folks at Raised Capital have created a place where investors and entrepreneurs who need funding can come together. This is a great site, and the people who run it are clearly out there beating the bushes looking for folks -- they've been covered on CNBC, BusinessWeek, The Deal, Entrepreneur, VentureBeat and more. And Alexa, a site that ranks all websites in the world, ranks Raised Capital at 573,914. That's out of more than a billion websites, so that's a pretty good traffic ranking. It means that thousands of people are coming to
Let's say for instance that you need funding for your business or business idea. You would go to the section on raising capital, register and then list your needs on the site.
If you're an investor you're looking to back a business with some of your funds, the site offers a number of ways to search for a likely candidate. You can search, for example, within a 50-mile radius of any zip code -- or you could search by state, a particular industry, or even by the amount of capital an entrepreneur needs.
RaiseCapital.com, a marketplace for investors and entrepreneurs.
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If you search by zip code, the site shows a number of people in the specified area that are seeking funding. The listings include the dates that the owners entered their information, the type of business, their location, and then of course the amount of money that they're actually seeking. Click on a particular listing and you may find additional info listed about them, plus contact information. If they're near your area you can make contact with them if it sounds like something you'd like pursue.
The site also offers tips, frequently asked questions, free brochures, and information on how you can promote your business at their site. Currently, Raised Capital claims it has more than 5,100 registered investors -- folks looking to fund entrepreneurs with good ideas. Maybe they'd like to put some money on your side of the fence and help you with your business needs. In either case, go take a look at Raised Capital.
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You'll find lots more small business marketing tips and resources from Andrew Lock in our Small Business In-Depth series, Lock in Your Marketing Resources.
Andrew Lock is a self-described maverick marketer and the creator and host of Help! My Business Sucks, a free, weekly Web TV show full of practical small business marketing tips, advice and resources to help small businesses "get more done and have more fun."
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