Business Capital Guide

Review the steps below to find and apply for the right kind of capital for your business startup or growth needs.

Please note that these are basic steps you should consider and be aware of, but it is always best to consult a professional to help walk you through the steps and make sure you don’t miss anything. Search the SourceLink Nebraska Resource Navigator to find business consultants near you.

Step 1 - Calculate

Step 2 - Learn

Step 2 - Learn

Now that you have properly assessed your business financial needs, take the time to find out all of your financing options (i.e. Self-Financing/Bootstrapping, Crowdfunding, Grants, Debt or Equity).

Research financing options
Take no-cost business classes or enroll in entrepreneurial programs on funding a business
Meet with professional business advisors for no-cost advice and guidance

Step 3 - Prepare

Step 3 - Prepare

After deciding on the appropriate financing option for your business, prepare a business case, as well as any required documentation, including your business financials, for potential crowdfunders, lenders or investors.

Get no-cost assistance from local non-profit business support organizations
Get assistance from a CPA or Attorney registered in Nebraska
  • Consult with a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Consult with an registered Corporate/Business Law Attorney
More tips for preparing

Step 4 - Apply

Step 4 - Apply

Select the appropriate business financing provider, submit an application and all required documents.

After a successful funding effort, make sure to comply with any requirements of your funding agreement including repayment schedules.

Contrary to popular belief there are very few grants available to start and grow businesses.