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This week is the SBA's Small Business Week, so we'll be featuring legal advice for small businesses all week long. Today's topic is funding -- the thing you need right after you have your big idea. There are more sources for startup capital than ever, but which is right for your business?

Here are a few tips if you're looking for startup or small business funding:

There might be fewer cooks in the kitchen at a startup, but that doesn’t mean divvying up the equity pie is any easier. Sure, you could say everyone in the room gets an equal share, but did everyone really contribute equally up to now? And will they in the future?

So how do you allocate equity based on a team member’s actual contributions, rather than their anticipated ones? Luckily, some smart folks have been after this question for a while, and come up with a dynamic equity split system. So how does it work?

Getting the money to start your small business is never easy. Or maybe you need cash to expand or take advantage of a new market or idea. Either way, you might be seeing the success of GoFundMe, Indiegogo, and Kickstarter campaigns and wondering if crowdfunding is the way to go.

Before you begin your crowdfunding campaign (or if you've already started), consider these legal ins and outs of crowdfunding for small business:

What Disaster Aid Is Available for Small Businesses?

When disaster strikes, small businesses are hard hit, and the federal government recognizes this. In a Senate committee meeting this week, a Federal Emergency Management Agency representative emphasized the importance of focusing on small business rehabilitation for the sake of employment in recovering communities.

The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee also discussed implementation of a law passed in November to specifically assist business owners who need to rebuild, reports USA Today. The Recovery Improvements for Small Entities after Disaster Act, commonly called RISE, is designed with you in mind. Let's look at what it offers.

There are a lot of ways for startups and small businesses to raise capital, and most of them involve going to a large number of possible investors and asking for money. Modern technology has made this even easier, and modern securities laws have made it possible for small companies to raise up to $1 million from small investors without the expense of becoming a publicly traded company.

This crowdfunding functions a bit differently that your standard Kickstarter or GoFundMe project, and if you want to avoid SEC sanctions or lawsuits, you have to be a bit more careful about how you plan and advertise your crowdfunding campaign.

Crowdfunding vs. Small Business Loan

Everyone seems to be asking for money to make their dreams come true, so why shouldn't you? Your aunt is crowdfunding her feature film and your nephew's collecting cash for an album.

Now you are thinking you'd like to do the same, generating capital for your small business through one of the many crowdfunding apps in existence. Let's take a look at some key characteristics of a successful crowdfunding project, some risks, and how it all compares to the traditional business loan.

Here's the good news: you've got a million- or billion-dollar idea. Here's the bad news: not all those dollars will be yours. No matter the idea, every startup has a team. And how those team members allocate ownership shares in the company could have profound legal and economic impacts on the startup.

So how do you get founder equity splits right?

Startup Targets: Avoid Money Laundering Schemes

You have a great new idea for a business and you meet a potential investor. This person, unlike most people you meet, seems exceptionally eager to part with money. Your investor wants to put cash into your legitimate business, which is great ... maybe, if this investor isn't shady.

Watching TV you've seen money laundering schemes dramatized. But how do you spot such crimes in real life?

5 Budgeting Tips for Startups and Small Businesses

Half of all small businesses close their doors within five year of opening. There are many reasons for this and many. Overwhelmed by other issues, financial responsibilities quickly slip to the wayside, and you figure each month that you'll deal with all the figures around April, when taxes are due.

Do not let your finances undo you. Instead, stay on top of expenses with the following five startup and small business budgeting tips, recommended by Small Business Computing.

Did Fed Interest Rate Hike Ignore Small Business?

The fact that the Federal Reserve Bank raised a key interest rate last month could be considered a positive sign. Is this an indication that the Great Recession really is behind us and that there is economic prosperity ahead?

That would be great news for small businesses. But of course, there are dueling views. An editorial in Fortune warns that the rate hike might just be a sign that the big guys who pushed the market to the brink have recovered, not that there is smooth sailing ahead for small businesses or workers. Let's consider the concerns.