The great news for small businesses in today’s economy is that the options for financing a business are many. Bootstrapping a business with personal money, using credit cards, and asking friends and family for help are still common ways to start a new venture (75% of entrepreneurs rely on personal finances as their primary source of funding). But, there are a lot more options today for finding capital to pursue your dreams of running and growing a business. As the private sector adapts to the needs of the marketplace, regulators and legislators are watching to ensure that the best interests of small businesses are protected. Consider these financing trends and how they are evolving as you determine the best way to access capital to realize your company’s potential.