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Belly up to the Financial Feasts table and talk turkey about money... what to look for, where & how? All money talk is fair game. Go


Financing Resources

While our chefs here at the Idea Cafe are busy cooking up all the tasty info for entrepreneurs hungry to finance a business, we know that there are also many others with information that can help make your financial souffle rise.

So we'll keep looking for sources and resources that will help you get the money you need. We've started with organizations and agencies, and some books, but we'll be adding more information about services and companies that help can help entrepreneurs in your funding quest.

Resources: Off-line help from associations and organizations, lists

Books: A few basic books on financing-related topics


For an IBM-compatible database of venture capital firms and contacts:
AI Research Corporation
2003 St. Julien Court
Mountain View, CA 94043

For information on accountants:
American Accounting Association
5717 Bessie Drive
Sarasota, FL 34233

For a legal referral service:
American Bar Association
750 Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

For information, education, networking opportunities:
American Business Women's Association
9100 Ward Parkway
P.O. Box 8728
Kansas City, MO 64114-0728

For information and workshops on starting a business:
American Woman's Economic Development Corporation.
71 Vanderbilt Avenue, Suite 320
New York, NY 10169

For a nonprofit matching service:
Angel Networks
Technology Capital Network
MIT Enterprise Forum
201 Vassar Street West, #59
Cambridge, MA 02139

For referrals to credit counselors in your area:
Consumer Credit Consulting Service, National Referral Line
8611 2d Avenue, Suite 100
Silver Springs, MD 20910

For Debtors Anonymous meetings in your area:
Debtors Anonymous
General Services Board
P.O. Box 20322
New York, NY 10025

For sample financial statements:
Dun & Bradstreet Inc.
99 Church Street
New York, NY 10007
Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios, $450 for book or CD-ROM for service or non-service industries; $135 for report or diskette on a single industry.
Understanding Financial Statements is also available from Dun & Bradstreet; call 800-TRY-1DNB.

For consumer credit reports (written requests only):
Equifax Information Service Center
Attention: Consumer Department
P.O. Box 40241
Atlanta, GA 30375-0241

For information on financial analysts:
Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts
P.O. Box 3668
Charlottesville, VA 22908

For information on marketing, mail order, and computers:
Mothers' Home Business Network
P.O. Box 423
East Meadow, NY 11554

For information of special interest to black women business owners:
National Association of Black Women Entrepreneurs

For credit information:
National Association of Credit Management
8815 Centre Park, Suite 200
Columbia, MD 21045

For information on sources of SBA loans:
National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders
P.O. Box 332
Stillwater, OK

For a listing of venture capital firms, mostly SBIC's:
National Association of Investment Companies
1111 14th Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005

For networking, technical assistance and management advice:
National Association of Women Business Owners.
1413 K Street NW, Suite 637
Washington, DC 20005

For information of interest to minority business owners:
National Minority Supplier Development Council

For a directory of more than 800 venture capitalists:
Pratt's Guide to Venture Capital Sources
40 West 57th Street, Suite 802
New York, NY 10019

For industry statistics and financial ratios:
Robert Morris Associates
1650 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
RMA Annual Statement Studies, $165 for diskette, $119 for book on all industries.

For the Robert Morris Projection of Financial Statements form widely used in preparing financial statements for business plans:
Bankers Systems Inc.
P.O. Box 1457
St. Cloud, MN 56302

For sources of early-stage capital:
Seed Capital Network Inc.
8905 Kingston Pike, Suite 12
Knoxville, TN 37923

For free advice from retired business people:
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
409 3rd Street SW
5th Floor, Suite 5900
Washington, D.C. 20023-3212

For the SBA:
Small Business Administration
409 3rd Street SW
Washington, D.C.

For the SBA's directory of SBIC's:
Small Business Administration
Investment Division
409 3rd Street SW
Washington, DC 20416

For consumer credit reports (written requests only):
TRW Communications Inc.
Business Information Services
1900 Richmond Road
Cleveland, OH 44124
TRW charges $30. You can order online for $19.95 from the Microsoft Network or AT&T Network.

For consumer credit reports (written requests only):
Trans Union Corporation
Consumer Disclosure Center
P.O. Box 390
Springfield, PA 19064

For information of interest to Hispanic business owners:
U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

For information, education, networking opportunities:
Women's Initiative for Self-Employment
450 Mission Street, Suite 402
San Francisco, CA 94105

For training, counseling and a revolving loan fund:
Women Venture
2324 University Avenue West, Suite 200
St. Paul, MINN 55114

Canadian funding search assistance:
Nomis Management Inc.
5080 Parker St.
Burnaby, B.C.
Canada V5B 1Z6
phone: +01-604/294-9468 email:


Barbanel, Linda. Sex, Money and Power: Smart Ways to Resolve Money Conflicts and Keep Them From Sabotaging Your Close Relationships
Macmillan Spectrum, $14.95

Dickey, Terry. Budgeting For A Small Business
Crisp Publications, $15.95

Gill, James O. Financial Basics of Small Business Success
Crisp Publications, $15.95

Harrison, Lynn. Extending Credit and Collecting Cash: A Small Business Guide
Crisp Publications, $15.95

Maddox, Rebecca. Inc. Your Dreams: For Any Woman Who Is Thinking About Her Own Business.
Penguin: $11.95

Mellan, Olivia. Overcoming Overspending.

Sourcebooks Inc.
P.O. Box 372
Naperville, IL 60566



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