Business Fundraising Resources at the Library

Fundraising is one of the most crucial aspects of any business startup, and having a solid plan for how and where to solicit funds is essential. You will need a funding plan to cover business licenses and permits, legal fees, office space, supplies, equipment, operating expenses, employee or contractor payroll, and more.

There is a variety of funding options to consider. Just a few options include:

  • Entering business plan competitions sponsored by universities and state and corporate organizations
  • Applying for a bank loan or line of credit through a credit card
  • Joining a startup incubator through a local university or other community organization
  • Reaching out to venture capital investors
  • Launching a crowdfunding campaign
  • Applying for small business grants through, opens a new window or the Small Business Association (SBA), opens a new window
  • Seeking out local angel investor groups
  • Negotiating an advance from a major customer
  • Trading one service for another, such as offering to manage a website in exchange for free office space

Not sure where to start? Stop by your favorite library branch to research which options fit your business goals. We have a variety of online and print materials on the subject of business fundraising. Check out the list below for a sample of what we have.

Business Funding Resources

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Contact a Reference Librarian, opens a new window if you have questions about using or locating any of our business resources. Are you interested in more business resources? Next month I will feature marketing resources that are available here at the library.