• 6 Alternative Funding Resources for Ecommerce Businesses Finance

    6 Alternative Funding Resources for Ecommerce Businesses

    April 13, 2016 •

    Small businesses often struggle to find affordable funds to keep their businesses running. Online lending solutions offer an alternative to conventional bank loans with the advantages of a much shorter ...

  • Equity Crowdfunding Rules Are (Finally) Set Finance

    Equity Crowdfunding Rules Are Finally Set

    November 10, 2015 •

    Three years after legislation passed, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has finally approved final regulations that will implement equity crowdfunding. In the intervening period, many variations of crowdfunding have ...

  • Ecommerce Attracts Investors, Becomes More International Finance

    Ecommerce Attracts Investors, Becomes More International

    August 6, 2015 •

    Ecommerce continues to be a favored investment for venture capitalists — with a strong showing in the second quarter of 2015. While in the past American ecommerce firms were the ...

  • Shopify IPO to Value Company at $1 Billion Finance

    Shopify IPO to Value Company at $1 Billion

    May 4, 2015 •

    Canadian-based ecommerce platform provider Shopify filed for an IPO in the United States and Canada last month hoping to raise $100 million. The valuation is expected to come in at ...

  • 10 Ways to Finance Your Ecommerce Business Finance

    10 Ways to Finance Your Ecommerce Business

    October 9, 2014 •

    It has always been a challenge for small businesses to get financing. Circumstances worsened when banks tightened their lending criteria five years ago. Most banks lend only to businesses with ...

  • Alibaba’s IPO to Impact U.S. Ecommerce? Finance

    Alibaba’s IPO to Impact U.S. Ecommerce?

    September 22, 2014 •

    The much-anticipated Alibaba IPO closed last Friday with shares initially priced at $68. Once trading got under way, the price of a share rose to $93. Demand was so strong ...

  • Intrastate Crowdfunding: Financing Option for Small Businesses Finance

    Intrastate Crowdfunding: Financing Option for Small Businesses

    June 11, 2014 •

    Tired of waiting for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to issue final regulations for equity crowdfunding, several states have passed legislation enabling crowdfunding within their borders. Several more states ...

  • Ecommerce Companies Raise Funds with New Approach Finance

    Ecommerce Companies Raise Funds with New Approach

    April 9, 2014 •

    Will equity crowdfunding ever become a reality? This alternative to the usual financing mechanisms became legal two years ago when Congress passed the Jobs Act in April 2012. However, the ...

  • Finance

    Equity Crowdfunding Edges Closer to Implementation

    November 12, 2013 •

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been widely criticized for dragging its feet in issuing implementing regulations for equity crowdfunding, which was enabled when the Jobs Act was signed ...

  • Finance

    Internet Sales Tax: States Take the Lead

    February 13, 2013 •

    The days of sales-tax-free online purchasing are coming to an end for many consumers. 2012 was a year of inaction on the federal level because the Marketplace Fairness Act that would have required sales tax collection by Internet merchants on a national level never came to a vote. Howev...

  • Finance

    Equity Crowdfunding Stalls

    January 25, 2013 •

    When President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act in April 2012, the clock started ticking on a 270-day period for the Securities and Exchange Commission to write the regulations that would govern crowdfunding. That 270 period is over and no regulations exist. SEC Chai...

  • Finance

    Ecommerce Shines in the Second Quarter of 2012

    August 23, 2012 •

    The first half of 2012 continued the 2011 fourth quarter trend of strong ecommerce growth. In Q2, online retail grew nearly four times the rate of total consumer spending in the U.S., according to ecommerce research firm comScore. The Census Bureau reports that U.S. ecommerce sales in Q...

  • Finance

    Ecommerce Acquisitions, Mergers, and Partnerships — What You Need to Know

    August 8, 2012 •

    In the late 1990s, ecommerce vendors looked to brick and mortar retailers for marketing tips and best practices. Now, as more people shop online and abandon brick and mortar stores, retail chains are turning to online merchants for advice. That's because web-only sellers have shown th...

  • Finance

    Investment in Ecommerce Firms Robust

    June 14, 2012 •

    While the poor showing of Facebook in its initial public offering last month has immobilized the market for Internet companies wanting to sell stock to the public, the overall investment climate remains strong. Merger and acquisitions activity in the ecommerce arena has remained robust ...

  • Finance

    Going Public? How to Decide Which Exchange to List On

    April 20, 2012 •

    Thinking about taking your company public? After you get through all the paperwork you will have to decide at which stock exchange you want to list your company. Each publicly traded company may trade shares on only one domestic stock exchange. Substantive differences exist among the ex...

  • Finance

    Equity Crowdfunding Is Now Legal in U.S.

    April 10, 2012 •

    Last week President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) that includes revisions to the 1930s era financial regulations that limited equity funding for start-up businesses. Equity crowdfunding is now legal in the U.S. The final bill is more restrictive than ...

  • Finance

    Kabbage, A Funding Source for Ecommerce Merchants

    March 15, 2012 •

    When we first first wrote about Kabbage just over a year ago, it was a fledgling endeavor with only eBay merchants as customers. But Kabbage now serves merchants who use Yahoo! stores, Etsy, Amazon, and Shopify, as well as eBay. In July Kabbage will be launching in the U.K., its first ...

  • Finance

    Zynga Falters in Public Debut; Affects Facebook?

    December 26, 2011 •

    The market for technology stocks is closing the year on a less than happy note and the disappointing public debut of online game provider Zynga did nothing to change the mood. Zynga's Opening Day Zynga's IPO was highly anticipated despite the fact that in the days prior to going publ...

  • Finance

    Crowdfunding: 5 Things You Should Know

    November 24, 2011 •

    New crowdfunding sites are springing up every month and more and more entrepreneurs are looking to these sites for money. Despite all the hoopla, crowdfunding is not currently a good alternative for most start-up or small businesses. Here are five things you should know about crowdfundi...

  • Finance

    Venture Capital Firms Bullish on Ecommerce

    November 10, 2011 •

    In "Ecommerce Companies Snag Venture Capital," I discussed several ecommerce firms that recently received venture capital funding. Most of them were ecommerce infrastructure providers. I was curious to find out if VCs prefer business-to-business infrastructure companies to consumer-ori...

  • Finance

    How to Read a Financial Statement

    September 8, 2011 •

    Having a good accountant is important to the success of every small business. But do you really understand all the terms in the documents your accountant prepares? Relying too heavily ...

  • Finance

    How to Choose a Business Credit Card, Part Two

    August 26, 2011 •

    In “Part 1” of this two-part series, I provided some tips for choosing a business credit card. In this “Part 2” installment, I provide details on specific cards as evaluated ...

  • Finance

    How to Choose a Business Credit Card, Part 1

    August 25, 2011 •

    Unhappy with your current business credit card? Cheer up. As a business owner you have many choices. But a card that is right for one business may not be advantageous for another. Cash flow, credit rating, and the amount of business travel can influence your choice of cards. This is "...

  • Finance

    Will the S&P Downgrade Affect Smaller Ecommerce Businesses?

    August 18, 2011 •

    The downgrading of U.S. creditworthiness from AAA to AA+ by Standard and Poor's has dominated the news over the past two weeks. Since 1941, the U.S. credit rating has been AAA — the highest rating — denoting a safe investment. While S&P's action will doubtless have repercussions,...

  • Finance

    How to Find Venture Capital Investors For Your Company

    August 12, 2011 •

    If you have a great idea for a start-up — or if you have an existing business that needs money to grow — the main options are to borrow from friends and family, borrow from a bank, or seek equity funding from a venture capital firm. Banks are skittish about lending to small businesses i...

  • Finance

    Does the SEC Fail Small Internet Businesses?

    August 5, 2011 •

    As retailing migrates online, an increasing number of ecommerce and Internet business will seek to raise public capital. Many of them will be smaller companies. But a growing number of observers believe the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is failing smaller businesses and In...

  • Finance

    Need Funding for Your Company? Look Online

    July 29, 2011 •

    It used to be that if you wanted capital for your business, whether a loan or equity investment, you had to prepare lots of Excel spreadsheets, put on a suit and tie or a dress, and spend an uncomfortable amount of time being grilled by potential funders. Today all that is unnecessary t...

  • Finance

    Groupon Files for IPO: Rapid Growth, No Profits

    July 15, 2011 •

    Founded in Chicago in November 2008, Groupon filed to go public last month after reportedly rejecting a $6 billion takeover offer from Google last December. As with other recent filings by ecommerce firms, a few surprises emerged. Groupon is a pioneering marketing company that has achie...

  • Finance

    Our List of Publicly-Traded Ecommerce Companies

    June 30, 2011 •

    The rise of online retailing has fostered many companies in that industry to become publicly owned, selling shares on major stock exchanges. We've been tracking publicly-traded ecommerce companies, and we've prepared a list of them, together with publicly traded, pure-play Internet com...

  • Business

    CartSpan Founder on Peachtree Accounting Integration

    April 25, 2011 •

    Virtually all merchants utilize accounting software. They typically transfer sales and customer data from their shopping carts to that software. For many merchants, this transfer requires the manual exporting of data from the cart, and the manual importing of it to the accounting softwa...