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Small Business Financing: A Resource Guide

Venture Capital

Capital from individuals, pension plans, private foundations, and other sources are put into funds at venture capital and private equity firms, who in turn invest the money in businesses in exchange for part ownership. Venture capital firms usually specialize in certain industries or geographic areas, and are looking for businesses that can provide high returns on their investment either by being acquired or by going public. Because of this, venture capital financing tends to focus on newer companies in innovative industries or products often in high tech fields which have patent-protection.

Online Resources

The following external websites provide links to resources on venture capital for small businesses.

Subscription Databases

The subscription resources below marked with a padlock  are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.

Selected Print Resources

The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are provided when available.