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Access free resources for your small business

Mainvest offers a variety of free resources to help small businesses grow. From marketing support to educational resources, we're here to help you succeed. Our platform connects small businesses with local investors to provide flexible financing options that meet their unique needs.

  • Access free marketing support and educational resources

  • Connect with local investors who are invested in your success

  • Get the funding you need to grow your business

These tools are for modeling purposes only and Mainvest does not guarantee the accuracy of the information included. We strongly encourage entrepreneurs to engage with their advisors before making business decisions. Mainvest does not provide legal, tax, or accounting advice.

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Business Plan Download

A business plan is not just an important document to secure funding or partners: it’s an essential planning tool as you define the vision of your business. If you’re just getting started, you can even think of your business plan as a thought exercise to make sure you have all of the pieces in place to make your business a success.

  • This template includes clear formatting, guided questions and prompts. It also dives into tips that will help you write a concise, professional business plan in less time than you think.

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Cost Calculator

When starting a brick and mortar business, there are so many costs that pop up along the way completely unique to your situation. This tool is focused on restaurants but can be a useful guide for any brick and mortar project.

  • Use this guide to estimate all of your costs- from real estate and build-out down to the type of speaker system and materials used- to get a high-level view of what it’s going to take to open the business of your dreams. Dig into the details to avoid surprises later on and build a solid strategy.

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Financial Planning Template

Whether you’re just starting out or planning an expansion, solid financial organization is essential. In this package, you’ll access an interactive projections builder to help you determine how much revenue you can expect over time and break down your costs. You’ll then be able to generate a polished document available for sharing with lenders and investors. This package also includes a profit and loss template, often requested by financial institutions.

  • Dynamic and in-depth projections builder, along with a simplified pro forma template and a P&L template.

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Revenue Sharing Note Explainer

A revenue sharing note (RSN) is a debt-based investment vehicle, in which a company borrows money from investors and agrees to pay back a certain Revenue Share Percent of any revenue it may generate every quarter until all principal and interest is repaid. Mainvest purpose-built the RSN for small business owners and utilize this for the majority of offerings on the site.

  • This deck dives further into the mechanics of the RSN and offers an example of what a term loan versus RSN could look like for a small business.

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Customized Fundraising Tips

Thinking about a fundraising campaign? Take this quick quiz to determine if you’re ready to start fundraising, and get personalized recommendations on where to focus your efforts, from financial acumen to marketing. It takes just a few minutes.

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Is Mainvest right for your business?

Take the 30-second quiz to find out.

We've worked with hundreds of independent bakeries that have raised millions from local supporters on Mainvest. From startup capital to building out a new location and investing in wholesale, we've seen it all- and we'd love to learn more about what you've got in the works.


Main Street, not Wall Street.

Small business funding on your terms. Enable your community to become invested in your success.

  • Set your own terms and repay flexibly

  • Access funds within weeks, not months

  • Turn anyone into an investor AND an evangelist

  • No credit checks or personal guarantees

We'd love to learn more about your plans for your business.

Mainvest is more than just a funding platform - we're a community of like-minded entrepreneurs and investors who believe in the power of small business. When you partner with Mainvest, you'll have access to a network of resources and support to help you succeed.