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Know that much of what is involved in SEO you can easily do yourself - it is all about on page and off page effort. Easy enough to do yourself. And, getting organic traffic from the search engines could really turn your business around.
I think it would be OK to loo behind you - contact those old customers - get them back or get them to refer you to their friends. Or, what marketing was working in the past may work again with a tweak or two.
Where are the modulators to stop this? It is not only making current users go away but it is stopping new users from coming. I agree, it has to stop. I guess they think spamming here will help their SEO - for whatever business they think they have.
Hard position to be in.
Couple of suggestions:
1) Have you tried micro loans. There should be several micro loan companies in your area. Most micro lenders are backed by the SBA and can provide up to $35,000.
2) The USDA is one of the few government agencies that offer direct loans to rural areas - they might have a program that you can use.
3) Your local country might be able to solicit a grant on your behalf provided that they think your services are needed in your area. That would be the only way that you can get that "stimulus" money.
4) Lastly, very few start up businesses get business loans for the same reasons you mention here, They either have bad credit (below the banks threshold) or they don't have any income which is needed to repay the loan (lenders what to get repaid). So, most have to bootstrap and that means using personal assets in some form or another to get the capital they need. This could personal loans - peer-to-peer loans, home equity loans, retirement accounts or even selling off personal assets for cash. And, some even go to friends and family - they just put their personal pride aside for the greater good - the good of starting the business that will rise them above everything else.
There are no real answers to those questions - this is something that you should sit down with and discuss with the investor and an attorney. This way you can hammer those issues out and get everyone on the same page - everyone knowing what to expect it and when. These are good questions but all of them need to be negotiated between you and the investor.
I personally think that this is a good idea. However, you have to first see if people in your area are willing to pay for the services you offer before you waste money starting a business that no customers want.
Plus, there are franchise businesses that do this. You might think about buying into a franchise. They can help you not only with brand but with sourcing supplies, policies and pricing structure.