There has been much written recently about whether family businesses could take on more debt to aid their growth, as the economic climate improves and the cost of borrowing is historically low. The key issue for most family businesses is to maintain control.
With the increasing scarcity of financial resources and the reduced profitability levels consequently reduces financing options particularly via banks. The intrinsic structural characteristics of family businesses often hinder them gaining traditional finance to those debt levels available to non-family businesses.
It may be worth exploring the opportunities offered by crowd funding to present their case and find the funds to help them grow.