Funding Resources

Looking for capital to start or grow your business? Check out local funding sources and guidance materials put together by SCORE volunteers. These resources will help you increase your chance of getting funded!

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SCORE Articles: Financing Business

General Information

Recommended Readings

Small Business Administration (SBA) Funding Programs

SBA Funding Programs

SBA Los Angeles District Office Resource Guide -- Please refer to the SBA Resource Guide for more information about the SBA's funding programs. You can also obtain a hard copy at the SBA office--Make sure you call the office beforehand. The resource guide also includes a list of Credit Unions that carry SBA Financing programs.

Federal & State Government Funding Programs

  • USA Gov Finance Your Business - USA Gov Finance Your Business provides information on federal-level financing programs to assist small businesses.
  • GovLoans.gov - Helps individuals looking for government loans. It directs you to the loan information that best meets your needs.
  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) - Provides a full listing of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories  of the United States; domestic public, quasi- public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.

Self Funding

Taking Care of Personal Finances
Case Studies about Self-Funded Businesses

Business Loans

"A business loan gives you a lump-sum based on what you think you need for your business. It's rarely precisely the right amount." - Brian Smith

List of Lenders:

Recommended Readings

Double Dipping--If you are considering more than a one-time loan, you may want to learn more about double dipping. Learning about the concept may help you reduce your financing cost.

Templates

Crowdfunding

*Advice on learning about crowdfunding:  “Focus less on individual articles in favor of the crowdfunding guides put together by crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, which they regularly update to reflect the recent changes. Crowdfunding environment is constantly changing and many of the single articles out there become out of date as soon as they are published." Kathleen Minogue, Crowdfunding Consultant at Crowdfund Better

Investments

Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) by SBA

Angel Investor Group and Directory

Tech Startup Consulting in Los Angeles

Startup Accelerators and Incubators

Recommended Readings

Dave Berkus Insights

Templates

  • Model Legal Documents - Templates offered by National Venture Capital Association for venture capital financing documents.

Blog and Outside Resources

Shark Tank

*Advice for those who are seriously considering applying for Shark Tank: "Watch and study businesses  featured  on Shark Tank, read articles  related  to the topic, and most importantly, read  the Shark Tank application carefully." - Keith Marz, founder and owner of the Marz Sprays, who successfully raised capital from the Shark Tank.

Business Grants/Government Grants

Recommended Readings

List of Business Grant Programs

Buying a Business

Valuing a Business

  • How to Finance an Acquisition - General education on how to buy a business
  • Private Company Valuation - An easy-to-read educational article on how to value a private business. If you are looking to purchase a business and know little about finance and accounting, this is article may help you understand the process better.
  • Valuation Resources - A free online guide to business valuation resources, industry information, economic data, and more. Designed as a comprehensive reference guide for business appraisers.
  • American Society of Appraisers - American Society of Appraisers provides various educational materials on valuing a business. The website also provides access to a directory of business appraisers.