Do you have a great business idea or a new unique product ready to be launched?  Have you exhausted all the traditional channels, such as family, friends, personal loans, to raise the necessary capital to launch the idea or product?  Are you weary about selling a equity interest in your business to an unknown third party in return for the capital you are looking to raise?  You may want to consider one or two of the new crowdfunding platforms.  For some entrepreneurs and new business owners, crowdfunding or micro-finance may not be the way to go.  But, as we have seen first hand, several of our client entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses are pursuing this innovative financing route and are acquiring significant funding from these community crowdfunding platforms.