5 Debt and Equity Free Ways to Raise Funds To Start or Grow Your Business Today.

Don't let money be the reason you don't start or build your business...secure the bag.


Your business idea just might be the one that changes the world as we know it and becomes a multi-million dollar brand. But the reality is you don’t have thousands of dollars – yet alone millions saved up to get your biz off the ground and present it to the world. You’re willing to bootstrap it but even bootstrapping takes some cash.



But you need to get to —-> THERE.

You’ve built your business from the ground up by your bootstraps but now you’ve hit a ceiling. You’ve proved the concept, built the product, got the customers and made some money but in order to grow your business to its potential you need to expand your team, up your marketing budget and invest in new systems and technology to handle business operations at scale. That means you need an infusion of cash that your current cash flow can’t handle at the moment.





First, you have to tap into the appropriate vehicle and resources for your business and its goals.

‘Cause errthang ain’t for errbody.

Here are 5 debt and equity free vehicles to tap in to:


Posting your project on people – driven platforms like Kickstarter, IndieGoGo and iFundWomen can be the sole way to raise money for your business or it can be a supplement for debt and equity investments such as loans and angel investors.

Pitch Competitions & Challenges

Corporate companies and a host of organizations are holding pitch competitions and challenges where you can win $5k to $1 million cash for presenting your business idea.

Accelerators & Incubators

Obtain debt – free cash investments, equity-free grants, free and discounted resources for your business and access to mentors, education and more through these programs. Think programs like these are only for people who code or super techy companies? Nope. There are accelerator or incubator programs available in most industries.

Sponsorship & Corporate Partnerships

Attract and develop partnerships with corporate brands and that can equate to millions of cash and revenue for your business.

Digital Currency Token Sales

A token sale, also known as an ICO (Initial Coin Offering) is one of the latest way startups are raising millions of cash. According to Smith + Crown, a leading blockchain research, data and consulting group an …ICO is an event in which a new cryptocurrency project sells part of its cryptocurrency tokens to early adopters and enthusiasts in exchange for money today. ICOs provide a way for cryptocurrency project creators to raise money for their operations. Most ICOs raise money in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.


You see?

There are a lot of ways to run a successful fundraising campaign. There’s also plenty of ways to jack it up… and you may have first-hand knowledge of this. You may be familiar with the ways I mentioned above and even tried one or two or all of these vehicles to no success.


This is why I created the  SECURE THE BAG UNCONFERENCE.


SECURE THE BAG is an unconference event for entrepreneurs in the concept to the scale stage seeking to capital to fund their businesses. The content shared is tested and proven, strategies and resources for leveraging traditional and non-traditional funding opportunities.

Whether you’re attempting to raise a small amount of startup cash or millions of dollars, this event promises to provide loads of value by providing you with not only the WHAT to do to solve your fundraising challenges but the HOW to get it done.


Join me at the SECURE THE  BAG UNConference taking place on September 22nd, 2017 in NYC.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 17th. Get them —> here.


That’s all for now.


Tani Chambers

No He Didn’t When God Comes for you


So for Lent I started an new daily bible devotional by Rick Warren – “Transformed.”

I went through it and then got to the last Bible verse of the day’s topic:
“So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.” – 1 Corinthians 9:26 NLT
I read it and said “WOAH!” Although I know I have, I felt like I’ve NEVER read this scripture before! So I knew God wanted my attention.

Here’s what is interesting about this particular scripture….
Most of us talk about “walking in purpose.” Its very common. As a matter of fact I’ve probably said that phrase 20 times since Saturday alone.
But the Apostle Paul says he’s “running with purpose.” Not walking but RUNNING!
Then I heard:

“Are You walking or running with your purpose?”

Next came a gulp and momentary sinking feeling in my chest. I had just been checked.
Oh yes He did! God came for me….and no I didn’t send for Him. But He got it like that.
Paul was serious about the “‪#‎BossMoves‬” he was making. EVERY SINGLE STEP. He wasn’t walking, seeking, procrastinating, delaying, questioning….he was running. That says to me: He was serious and devoted to his calling and moving about FEARLESSLY. Plus he was very intentional about each move he made – making only those that moved him closer to his goal.

Paul goes on to say he’s

“not just shadowboxing.”

In 2015 speak….I’m not just exercising, I’m in training. Big difference right? We can take a boxing class at the gym but never get in the ring at a Golden Gloves tournament.
In other words, we can get caught up in the motivation/inspirational speeches, take all the trainings, webinars, read all the books, attend the conferences BUT NEVER APPLY IT – shadowboxing. Paul was saying I’m in this thing to win it – so I’m in training for the title.
So I understood why God came for me this morning. If I was truly accepting my purpose and calling I need to start running with this thing. No more delays. No more excuses. No more setbacks. No more procrastination.
Start running…. today.

So ask yourself:
Am I running with my purpose with every step?
Am I training for my purpose or just shadowboxing?

What’s My Motivation


It takes significant, progressive, high goals to make this your best year yet.


If you are working toward significant, progressive, high goals, you will face significant resistance.

High goals won’t allow you to be comfortable. You’ve got to be bold, courageous, get uncomfortable and Get It Done. You’ve got to fight the resistance. The only way you can keep up the effort against the resistance is if the goal matters enough. It must MOTIVATE you.

It is just not enough just to have clearly defined, S.M.A.R.T. goals.

Yes, that’s what I said. Its not enough.The goals are merely apart of the process.

You will fail to reach your goals if you don’t have clarity about WHY the goal matters. To get it done and win over resistance you need to know why each one of your goals are important to you.

What’s at stake if you don’t accomplish them?

What’s possible if you do accomplish them?

What’s your motivation to get to the other side of the road?

These answers – your motivating factors – are going to be what drives you to the finish line.

Your Beliefs, Thoughts & Confessions are ruining your life


Now that you have come face to face with the limiting behaviors keeping you from succeeding in your goals its time to examine WHY these behaviors exist.

It all surrounds your beliefs and thoughts.

Here’s what you have to do…..


Life is a reflection of our thoughts and words. Our lives are consistent with what we say to ourselves and what we predict, likely by also speaking it consistently into the universe. Life is a self fulfilling prophecy!

Review what you listed in the BEHAVIORS action assignment.

To discover the beliefs you have about yourself that lead you away from reaching success ask your self the following question:

“What am I saying about myself to explain my limiting behaviors?”

This may be a difficult assignment because you will have to you to step outside your thoughts,observe them, and capture them for further consideration.

We are usually so caught up in all the “noise” going on in our heads that we don’t take time question what we are saying to ourselves and if it is true.

For each of the behaviors you listed, ask yourself “Why?” and write down the thoughts that occur to you in response. As much as possible, write down the exact words you say to yourself and out loud.

We will call these “confessions.” They reveal what you believe to be true about yourself.

Here are some examples…

I am just not good enough

I am not smart enough or educated enough to do better

I do not have enough time

I way out of my league – this is too big for me

My family and friends will not approve

No one is interested in hearing what I have to say

What do you stand for ?

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On a Personal Level…

The person you are is an expression of your core values. They determine how you think and what you do. They shape your purpose and determine your vision. They establish your character. In fact, they are extremely important to who you are.

Knowing what your core values are and managing them will provide a huge reward.

Values are those underlying assumptions and core convictions that shape our actions and decisions. They are your beliefs, your frame of reference, your grid, your perspective, and your mental wiring. They change rarely, even in adversity.

Your core values affect your life in both dramatic and subtle ways. When they are based on truth, they are your most important guiding tool. When they are not based on truth, then they disrupt your integrity. Many problems related to spiritual, emotional and physical issues have their root in a conflict between the values a person holds and what they want for their life. That conflict can manifest itself in many harmful ways.

When your goals are in line with your personal core values, you tend to have more success in achieving them.

On a Professional or Business Level

Many businesses focus on the technical side of things and neglect the underlying capacities that make their companies run better on a whole — Core Values. Your business’ core values are what support the vision, shape the culture and reflects your company’s principles, beliefs or philosophy of values.

Establishing core values provides both internal and external advantages for your business:

Core values help your business in the decision-making processes. For example, if one of your core values is to stand behind the quality of your products, any products not reaching the satisfactory standard are automatically eliminated.

Core values educates your current clients and prospective customers about the business and clarifies its identity.When it comes to competition, having a set of specific core values that speak to the public is definitely a competitive advantage for your brand.

Core values are primary tool for team building and HR recruiting. With the internet one has the ease of researching companies. Job seekers are savvy and doing their homework on the identities of the companies they are applying for and weighing whether or not your values are in line with theirs.

Core Values can help determine whether or not you should pursue a joint venture with another business person. Also, whether you should establish a strategic partnership with another company. For example, if your company’s #1 core value for your company is to serve entrepreneurs and your potential partner’s is to drive revenue by any means necessary – there may be a conflict at some point.

Tell me what you stand for or what are your core values in the comment section below.