The lifeblood of all businesses is funding or capital.  For a business to be vital, good ideas are not enough. Funding options are available at various stages of business development, such as:


Step One:  Early-stage or seed funding to develop the business plan
Step Two: Startup funds provided to create a promising venture
Step Three: The business proposal is introduced to the market and established.
Step Four:  The business expands possibly in new markets and offering new products services
Stage 5:  The business matures to the point that its founders realize a profit, selling its assets to establish seed funding for other ventures.

James River Capital, an investment firm, was founded in 1995 by Paul Saunders and Kevin Brandt.  Saunders is its Chief Executive Officer.  He earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.  His career has spanned from investment banking, investments, to trading. James River Capital is a business person’s best friend.  This investment firm navigates through the business lifecycle recommending financial strategies and financing tools to fund the entrepreneur’s business at the various stages of its development.  

The least complicated ways to finance the startup costs of a business are bootstrapping and crowdfunding.  Raising significant funds to maintain businesses through their stages would be, local funding, business loans, Venture Capitalists (a group of investors) and Trading Equity, which is an exchange of stock in a company for capital investments and angel investors.

In bootstrapping the start-up funding is invested from credit card savings, friends, and small investors.  In crowdfunding, a group of people, not investors, believe in the entrepreneur and want to see the business be successful using social media to gain support by raising funds.  An angel investor is the most remarkable way to raise funds from an investor that finds the business idea so promising that he or she wants to play a significant role in its success by investing hundreds of dollars, this is similar to having a rich uncle.