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An 8-Part Guide

Fund Your Business

Funding your business can be easy. Understand the financial options available to fuel your growth.


Before You Start

Ask yourself these questions before you leap into the land of lending.

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Part One

Bootstrap Your Business

Ideas to help you fund your startup without getting a loan or taking on an investor.

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Part Two

Friends & Family Funding

Avoid the awkwardness of asking your friends and family to help fund your startup by following these tips.

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Part Three

Angel Investors & Venture Capital

Looking for an investor? Here are 8 tips to help your business become more attractive.  

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Part Four

Types of Loans Available

From bank loans to factoring, learn about the types of loans that can help grow your business.

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Part Five

SBA and Bank Loans

Is a traditional bank loan the right financing for your business? Here are your next steps.

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Part Six

Iowa Loan Programs

Discover loans and programs specifically for Iowa businesses

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Part Seven


Use the power of the internet to connect with like minded individuals who can help fund your company through small dollar investments.

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Part Eight

Government Grants

Does the government offer free grants to help you start a business?

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Programs and Resources for Agriculture

Find resources to start your livestock or crop operation by yourself or with others.

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Resources for Women, Minority, Veteran and Disabled Owned Businesses

Diversity in ownership of Iowa companies helps make our economy stronger. Check out these resources who can help!

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