BUILDING YOUR BUSINESS

Partnering with EF to Improve Your Business

Your business is off the ground and now you are looking to improve or overcome challenges that have come up along the way. We help you find ways to work on your business and not just in it. Our team will walk alongside you to develop strategies and pair them with capital and tools to help you achieve your goals.

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EF Quick Tip:
Define What Success Means to You
As you work to improve and build your business, determine what success means to YOU. Success does not mean the same thing for all people. It is not making a certain amount of money, growing to a certain size, or achieving goals others may say you need to reach. Define what success means to you and go after it!
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Roadmap: Chart Your Next Steps

Being a small business owner is a lot of work and can look different every day. In the building stage, it’s important to take a step back and take an inventory of where you are and where you need to focus your attention.

Schedule a meeting with an advisor who will help you craft a customized roadmap for your business and business goals.

Take our Be Strategic: Grow Your Business a 6-week course geared at helping you work on your business and not just in your business.

Learn about how EF has worked with Bob Broking over the years to help him set and then meet his goals.

Brokings's Transport | Grand Rapids, MN

Money: Cash Flows & Working Capital

At this stage of your business, ensuring you have a clear picture of the money that is flowing in and out of your business is vital to your success. It’s also a common challenge among small business owners. We are here to help you learn and navigate your money needs.

Finance Fundamentals

EF Lending

We are your partner and a flexible lender that will work to find the best loan to meet your needs and goals. Lending to help build or stabilize your business can look different for every business.

Working Capital is a common need for small businesses at this stage. Common uses include:

  • Seasonality – gear up for a busy season or keep the business operating when there’s less money coming in.
  • Inventory - Unable to keep up with demand? Or have an opportunity to take advantage of supplier discounts by purchasing in bulk.
  • Improving your business - fund obligations to suppliers, employees or others while waiting for payments from customers.
  • Hiring - staff, bookkeeper, or CPA to shed some of your many hats.

Other loans for building and improving your business include SBA 7(a) loans, 7(a) express, or other small business loans.

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“I am so impressed, still, by the Entrepreneur Fund and how they truly do put your business clients first. Recently, they steered me away from a large loan from the EF Fund in order to have the opportunity to receive the funds at a lower percentage rate.” - Linda Newman, Owner of Points Unknown

Points Unknown | Hovland, MN

Tools & knowledge

You know the old adage, “Give a person a fish...” We take that to heart. As your partner, we not only provide you with the tools you need to start your business, we’ll teach you how to use them and walk alongside you as you implement them in your business.

Join a Be Strategic: Grow Your Business cohort. A six-week program geared at helping you work on your business and not just in it.

Sign up for free access to Initiate our online business resource with 100’s of interactive tools, templates, videos, and guides. Great tools to get started with:

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