Need to raise money for your business? Here are a few tips from entrepreneurs who have been there and funded that.

Micro Loans

If you are looking for a loan under $50,000, a microloan may be the way to go.

The Small Business Administration’s Microloan Program provides small, short-term loans through specially designated intermediary lenders, which are usually nonprofit community-based organizations.

The Competition

One of Michalowicz’s favorite approaches is reaching out to the competition. He thinks a big competitor may provide an annuity investment or a loan if you position yourself as a growing company that may be able to provide things it wants down the road.

Offering a piece of the pie or a first right of refusal to buy the company at a predetermined price are two ways to entice your competition to invest, he said.

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