Whether you are just starting out or are a veteran in the small business game, you may require financing for your small business. During the life cycle of a business, there are four key reasons why you may inquire about your financing options: to start the business, expand the business, purchase inventory or strengthen the business’ financial position. Luckily for us, now more than ever, we have a variety of funding sources available besides traditional large banks lenders. Some alternative financing options include venture capitalists, crowdfunding, grants, merchant cash advances, and loans or grants from the Small Business Association.