Raising money is always difficult, even in the best of times. I play my part, by searching out all manners of financing, whether it be a straight investment, a strategic play, or even financing by way of increased sales for your product or service. These days, money / investors are really tough to come by. You need to keep an open mind about where potential funding is coming from, and if you have even a single inquirty, from a bona-fide source, try and think “outside the box” and do whatever you need to do to close the deal. Don’t let pride or idealism get in the way of your company surviving!