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four fundamentals of financingEstimate the amount of funding you will need

To secure financing for your business, start at the beginning: how much money do you need and for what?

​Get information about various types of funding

Funding for startup and growing businesses often depends on your stage of business and the amount of money you need.  The Business Owner's Toolkit offers an overview of business financing and their Quick Pick chart identifies funding sources based on stage of business.

You know how much money you need and the most likely funding source. Now get more information about the types of funding sources.  

Put together a ​loan proposal

Most outside financing sources will require a business plan that outlines how and when the funder will be repaid.  For help with business planning, including cash flow projections, go to our Plan Your Business section.

The Money Game, a Kauffman Sketchbook, describes where entrepreneurs find money: