This is a must-have guide for entrepreneurs and emerging companies seeking capital for growth and expansion. It takes capital to start and grow a business - and even more to keep it going. Completely revised to reflect current business realities, Raising Capital shows readers how to navigate the murky waters of entrepreneurial finance. The book outlines capital formation strategies and trends entrepreneurs must be acquainted with, including crucial information on: Banks, angels, private placements, venture capital, initial public offerings, joint ventures, vendor financing, raising capital via the Internet, the art and science of bootstrapping, alternatives to borrowing, such as leasing, factoring, and government programs, and, new developments such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Whether just getting a business off the ground, or keeping it running while it grows self-sufficient, entrepreneurs need to understand their many options. Raising Capital helps readers develop a clear, well-thought-out plan, and raise the capital their company needs to thrive.