I saw an interesting post recently on Small Business Trends by Scott Shane about sources of small business financing. If you have read Ideas To Deals much or heard me speak on business financing these findings won't surprise you but for the rest of you please take heed. Financing is a process that follows a continuum. The ability to obtain financing flows from funding vehicles available to early stage, high-risk ventures to banks that typically want to deal with established, low-risk businesses. Understanding where you are on this continuum and working the available sources will make you more successful in obtaining capital.