Chicago Business Capital Guide

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

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Step 1: Calculate

Determine how much money you will need, and for what.  Ideally, you should have already outlined your funding requirements in your business plan.

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Calculate To Start
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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.

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Contrary to popular belief there are only a very few grants available to start and grow businesses.
Read The Truth About Free Government Grants.