Business Financing Live Event

Business Financing Live Event

One of the hardest parts about starting a new business is finances. How do you get the business financing you need? Which option is the best for your business? How do you handle those finances responsibly? What’s a P&L statement?   If you’re thinking of...
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Data Room

A Data room may be a physical room or a virtual room and are used for a number of reasons – including data storage, document exchanges, financial transactions, file sharing, and legal transactions. Often, data rooms are used for the sale of a business or when raising...
Raising Capital: Understanding the Options for Your Business

Raising Capital: Understanding the Options for Your Business

There are several types of loans available to business owners — so many, in fact, that the options can seem overwhelming and confusing, especially to smaller business owners without a lot of experience raising capital. This guide will help educate you on the options so you can make a more informed decision about financing your growing business while limiting added risk.

How to Know When It’s the Right Time to Borrow Money for Your Small Business

How to Know When It’s the Right Time to Borrow Money for Your Small Business

Obtaining financing from a bank or lender for your small business can be quite the task. That’s why it’s important to know when it’s the right time to do it. You may not get the results you want if you do it at the wrong time. Depending on your business goals and objectives, you may want to borrow money right away or bootstrap for as long as possible and borrow money later on down the line. Below are 4 questions you should ask yourself (and answer) to determine if you’re ready to borrow money for your small business (especially if it is a startup).

Mezzanine Debt Definition

Mezzanine Debt Definition

In its purest form, Mezzanine Debt is a business debt instrument that carries along with it certain rights to convert debt into equity (stock, common shares, partnership interests, LLC membership units, etc.). Mezzanine debt financing is not a pure debt or a pure equity instrument. It is something in the middle. In fact, the word ‘mezzanine’ is derived from the Italian word ‘mezzano’, meaning middle, and is used to describe how this particular form of business capital combines elements of both debt and equity financing into one instrument.

3 Tips to Help You Find and Obtain Small Business Funding

3 Tips to Help You Find and Obtain Small Business Funding

Finding and obtaining small business funding can seem like a daunting task for you as a small business owner, especially if your business is a startup and you have no experience sourcing capital. It may seem like it’s almost impossible to get the small business funding you need in the current economy. The truth is lenders are still lending, you just need to know how to find them. Keep in mind that there are thousands of bank and non-bank lenders out there so there’s plenty of fish in the sea. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy to obtain funding, but landing it may not be as difficult as you may think if you know how to go about the process. [KEEP READING]

Buying a Business with Retirement Funds

In the last six years, millions of Americans have lost their jobs and found it exceedingly difficult to find new ones, even after putting in decades with the same company. Many forward-thinking individuals among the unemployed have concluded that creating their own businesses and jobs may be their best hope for working again. The entrepreneurial spirit is still alive and well in America!

How to Calculate Debt Service Coverage Ratio [Tool]

Debt Service Coverage Ratio compliance often is required or necessitated by covenants in a bank loan agreement. A bank loan covenant regarding the debt service coverage ratio will specify the amount of income a business and/or its guarantor must generate relative to the debt principal and interest payments on an annual basis to remain in compliance with the covenant. The business owner, or his or her CFO or Controller, should monitor this ratio carefully on a monthly basis so the covenant is not unintentionally broken.

What is a Debt Service Coverage Ratio?

The debt service coverage ratio is a measurement used by lenders to determine if a business is able to meet its debt servicing obligations through its operating income during a given period of time. In most cases, a lender wants the operating income to exceed the debt servicing costs by some measure. This ratio defines the extent to which a business’s operating income (or other defined measure of cash flow) exceeds the cost to service its bank loans.

Latest Forbes Post: Bank Loan Alternatives in 2014

Finding money to grow a business has changed tremendously since the great recession. Whether sourcing capital in the form of debt, equity, or something in between, also known as mezzanine, it’s safe to say entrepreneurs have more multiple options than ever to pursue. That doesn’t make the task an easy one to accomplish. Unfortunately for the entrepreneur, the additional options have only served to increase the confusion surrounding their need for cash.

New and Unique Options for Small Business Financing

Technology has done some amazing things to the small business financing space. It used to be that you would go to the bank and hope they would give you a loan. And we all know what happened with that 90% of the time. Prior to the Great Recession, we saw a rise in factoring and Merchant Cash Advances. But since then an “alternative” lending space has evolved rapidly.

The Advantages of Buying an Existing Business

Most individuals who consider themselves entrepreneurs believe they must start their own business to earn the title. However, what some do not realize is that the entrepreneurial spirit can be fulfilled in a variety of ways, not the least of which is purchasing an existing business. The following is a list of advantages for buying a business over starting one from scratch.

Diluting Capital: Implications When It’s Time to Sell

Many entrepreneurs faced with the demands on cash of a growing business are tempted to sell equity to outside investors, or perhaps give away stock to retain a valuable employee. Diluting your stake in this way may solve the immediate problem, but it can have unforeseen consequences when the business eventually is sold. Stockholders’ personal circumstances evolve in different ways over the lifetime of a company, and whatever the original intention everyone may not be on the same page when you are ready to sell.

Kauffman Foundation Venture Capital Report: Will VC Be Your Super Hero?

I continue to be surprised as I meet with entrepreneurs who truly regard Venture Capital as their Holy Grail. It’s as though they are looking for a Super Hero to make their dreams of entrepreneurial success come true. But having spent more than a few sessions on the entrepreneur’s side of the table in negotiations with venture capital firms, I know better. And it seems there are others who share my opinion!

Bank Alternatives: Sourcing Business Capital When a Company is Not Bankable

Often entrepreneurs find themselves in a situation where their commercial bank considers their existing line of credit too risky to extend or renew. This places the entrepreneur and their banker at odds, and many times pushes the business owner to take drastic steps to keep their company’s doors open and paychecks coming. Has this happened to you or one of your fellow entrepreneurs?

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