Free Small Business Grants for women

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Right off the top... The U.S. government does not currently provide grants for starting or expanding a small business. However, the government does offer plenty of free help in planning how to start or improve your business and in securing low-interest SBA-backed small business loans. In addition, many states DO offer small business grants to individuals. SBA does not offer grants to start or expand small businesses. SBA's grant programs generally support non-profit organizations, intermediary lending institutions, and state and local governments in an effort to expand and enhance small business technical and financial assistance. -- Source: SBA

The "SBA" is the U.S. Small Business Administration. Since 1953, the SBA has helped thousands of Americans form small businesses. Today. SBA offices in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico assist with planning, financing, training and advocacy for small firms. In addition, the SBA works with thousands of lending, educational and training institutions nationwide.

Can the SBA help you?
If your business is or will be independently owned and operated, not dominant in its field, and meets the maximum business size standards required, then yes, the SBA can help you. Here's how:

Federal Government Contracting Resources
Small businesses sell billions of dollars worth of goods and services to the US federal government every year. Many government agencies require that some percentage of their contracts for goods and services be awarded to small businesses. Here you will resources to help your small business become established as a federal contractor, find business opportunities, and the rules and regulations that federal contractors need to follow.

Government Resources for Women-owned Businesses
According to the Census Bureau, women owned nearly 30 percent of all nonfarm businesses in the United States in 2002, when the nearly 6.5 million women owned businesses generated more than $940 billion in revenue, up 15 percent from 1997. Here you will find information on US government programs that help women entrepreneurs start, grow and expand their businesses.

Finding State-Based Small Business Grants and Funding Hot Prospects
Small business financing incentives are an important part of the economic growth plan of every state in the nation. Some states even offer small business grants. Other small business incentives could include subsidized rates on SBA loans, tax breaks and participation in business "incubator" programs.

Progressive Management 2003 Guide to Federal Grants and Government Assistance to Small Business: Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, Loans, Grants, Surplus Equipment, SBA, GSA, SEC Information for Entrepreneurs, Startup Kit, Loan Programs, Financing, Law, Regulations, Reports, Workbooks Applying for Federal Assistance (CD-ROM)
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2006-10-28 16:01:28 by nameword

Encourage local consumption is one

(By the way, in case you don't know, I'm an American living in the UK). There are endless programs and events here featuring local businesses of all types, particularly small producers. Encouraging the support of local producers is considered part of their programs to reduce energy consumption and good hutrition. They also have grants for things like wind turbines for energy. There are set-up grants for new graduates. Local councils sponsor low-cost or free courses on how to start a business and all kinds of other issues, including employee development courses. All businesses here seem to encourage their employees to get further education and skills, especially in terms of making time for them in the work schedules

2003-04-17 14:24:00 by Beentherdonethat2

First forget your age...

Don't use it as a hinderance and stop waving it like a banner.
Be the way you were at 25. I kid you not. Look in the mirror and say, I'm talented..if no one else can see it, its their loss!
Then you find what you want to do. Don't pack it in. Don't have a child because they tell ya having one after 35 is crap. Many women have them until 48 now and many are fine and healthy. Don't crochet, you're not bloody granma moses..
..unless crocheting is your hobby and you can sell your wares on e-bay or at rummage sales, farmers markets or bazarrs. Bingo, small business.

2008-01-17 10:01:18 by Yuma_AZ_only

State Opportunities & Vets Business Workshop

From the Sunday (01/13/08) edition of the Yuma Sun newspaper "Business Glance" section.
See you there?
Small business owners interested in doing business with the state are encouraged to attend a workshop, Business Opportunities and DBE (Arizona Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) Certification.
The free workshop will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Arizona Western College Entrepreneurial Center, 1351 S. Redondo Center Drive. Sponsors are the Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona Department of Commerce and the AWC Entrepreneurial Center

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