Access to Capital

Get the capital you need to start or grow your business.

CTSBDC is not a lender or investor. Our business advisors help their clients identify capital sources and help them create a compelling business case.

Learn how we help business owners and funders reach their capital goals.

For Business Owners

How It Works:

  1. Request Business Advising: You must have at least a draft business plan or an executive summary to start business advising. If you need help creating a business plan, consider our “Crafting a Business Plan” online course. Once you have your business plan or executive summary, you will be ready to request business advising.
  2. Business Assessment: You will be assigned a business advisor based on your geographic location. In the initial meeting with your advisor, you will discuss your funding goals and your company’s strength.
  3. Finance Strategy: Based on the initial assessment, your advisor will identify sources of capital that may be a good fit, and will work with you to assess your options.
  4. Loan Packaging: The most intensive part of accessing capital is preparing your loan package or pitch. This process includes compiling financial data and creating a strong case for why your business will succeed. Your business advisor will work with you every step of the way to make sure you’re putting your best foot forward.
  5. Funder Relations: Your advisor can help make warm introductions to funders, and help prepare you for your meetings with potential funders to ensure you make the best first impression. Please note: While CTSBDC has a strong track record, it does not guarantee their clients will receive funding.
  6. Post-Loan: After you received funding, you don’t need to stop working with your advisor. Your business advisor can continue counseling you through new business challenges and opportunities.
Get Started Today, Request Business Advising

For Funders

How It Works:

The CTSBDC prepare businesses to be “bankable,” making the process less time-consuming for the funder. Our business advisors work with clients to develop and conduct:

  • Budgets
  • Business plans
  • Financial analysis
  • Financial benchmarking
  • Financial projections
  • Marketing plans
  • Marketing research

For potential deals that need more work, we can help the business create a stronger application.

The financial analysis you [CTSBDC] provided is comprehensive, detailed and accurate. This adds a lot of credibility to the project. Your work has a direct correlation to that chances of getting this business (and others) funded. – Buck Harris, VP Community Lending at Community Investment Corporation (CIC), on a CTSBDC client project funded by CIC

If you’re interested in learning more how the CTSBDC and your organization can collaborate, please contact us.

Reach your business goals.

Professional business advisors are ready to help you investigate capital opportunities, prepare loan documents, export your products, determine growth strategies, complete market research, develop marketing plans, prepare for business disruption, and more.

Request Business Advising