Funding Your Business

Funding Opportunities

Every business requires money to get off the ground and most businesses will require financing at some point in their growth. There's many sources of funding businesses can have, such as: self-funding, small business loans, venture capital, and crowdfunding. It's important to be familiar with these sources and the options available to you as a business owner. 

Traditional Loans
Loans are a common way for businesses to fund their operations, expansion, and acquisition of equipment and inventory. The recipient incurs the debt and is liable to pay interest on that debt with the expectation that the principal amount is repaid. 
Bank of America
Capital One
US Bank

Micro Loans
Ideal for small businesses looking to start up, expand, rebuild, re-open, or improve your operations, microloans average around $13,000 and can go up to $50,000.

Trenton Business Assistance Corp.
Opportunity Fund

A newer funding practice made popular by the internet, where the funding of a project or venture is done through raising money from a large number of people.


A fund given by a charitable foundation, government, or specialized institution to an individual or business for a specific purpose. Grants are not to be paid back.

National Association for Self-Employed Grants
Nav's Small Business Grant 
National Institute of Health Funding 
Government Grants
Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR)
US Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
BIPOC Small Business Grant by Annuity Payment Freedom 
SoGal Black Founder Startup Grant 
Comcast Rise 
Go.Be. Fund

Diversity and Industry Specific Funding
This type of funding is ideal for businesses with culturally or ethnically diverse leadership, or businesses that are industry specific.

Patagonia Corporate Grant Program
SoGal Black Founder Startup Grant 
StartOut Scholarship Program 
Asian Woman Giving Circle 
Amber Grant for Women 

Pitch Competitions
A contest where entrepreneurs present their business concept to a panel in the hope of winning a cash prize or investment. 

Hatch Pitch
WebSummit Pitch

Venture Capital
A form of private equity and type of financing where investors provide to startup companies and small businesses that are believed to have long-term growth potential.