Financing Your Business

Financing your value-added business is a major aspect of business development whether you are starting a new business or expanding an existing business. The first step is to make good Financial Projections for your proposed venture. Your financing plan is an important part of your business plan.

Sources of financing are often difficult to find and even more difficult to convince to provide you with money. So a plan for obtaining financing your business should be carefully thought out. There are many types of debt and equity financing for your value-added business. Options for Financing Value-Added Agricultural Businesses provides a good overview of your alternatives and how they may fit your situation.

For more information on this topic, see the links listed below of articles posted on related Web sites.

Financing Business Stages
  • Understanding the Financing Stages - -- From seed to stage to mezzanine, a breakdown of the key financing terms and what they mean to you.

  • What Stage Are You In? - -- Understand the four stages of your business's development to get the cash you need.

Financing Issues
  • Business Incubators - -- Nest in one of these entrepreneurial hotbeds, and you may just be on your way to financing.

  • Community Development Financial Institutions - -- So you're not "bankable" according to traditional rules—your community may still have resources to help fund your business.

Revised September, 2019.