Finding Financing

There are many ways to fund a small business. Consider your options for finding financing and decide which one is right for you.

Are you a new business looking for funding?

Funding your new business is no child’s play. There are a number of different options available to both brand new businesses and existing businesses.
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Business valuation methods

There are a number of instances when you may need to determine the market value of a business. Certainly, buying and selling a business is the most common reason. Estate planning, reorganization, or verification of your worth for lenders or investors are other reasons. Valuing a company is hardly a precise science and can vary depending on the type of business and the reason for coming up with a valuation. This article looks at some of the common methods used to determine the value of a business.

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Finding financing: terms and definitions

When you approach a potential financier to provide a loan for starting or expanding your business, it's best to be aware of some of the terminology that may be used and what they mean. This article provides you with a list of terms related to financing and finance that it would be helpful for you to know. While this list isn't the complete financing lexicon, it does point you in the right direction.

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Government Incentives for small businesses

The South African government is well aware of the importance of developing the economy, creating employment and attracting foreign investment. To make these goals a reality, there are grants and assistance programmes available from the government and associated organisations that can get your business off the ground and expanding. Unlike a loan, a grant is an award of money that is non-repayable. While the government is one of the best sources of grants, its selection criteria is strict and paperwork intensive, and the receiving business is obligated to spend the funds in a manner specified by the provider.

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How to go about applying for business finance

Due to the socio-economic landscape of South Africa, obtaining business finance is one of the biggest challenges that entrepreneurs and SMEs face and, therefore, one that many find daunting. This articles goes through the various stages of applying and obtaining business finance for your business, which will make the process easy, and help you to be approved with little to no hassles.

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Industrial Development Corporation - national development finance institution

The IDC is a self financing national Development Finance Institution (DFI), whose primary objectives are to contribute to the generation of economic growth in Africa, thereby promotion the economic prosperity of all citizens. The IDC promotes entrepreneurship through the building of competitive industries and enterprises.
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Small business financiers and investors

When asked, the majority of entrepreneurs will tell you that access to finance is their greatest challenge. Funders may target certain industries, types of business or even geographical areas. By knowing who and where these financiers are, you can approach the most appropriate organisation that meets your business's specific needs and goals. This document provides an overview of organisations that provide funding to the smallest micro businesses all the way through to medium-sized enterprises in South Africa.

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What is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is one way of generating funding to get your business off the ground.
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