Grants For Small Business Start Up

Free Government Small Business Start Up Grants For Women

Would-be entrepreneurs often ask us: Where can I get find grants to start a business? And, sadly, some of these individuals pay big money to attend business financing seminars that travel from city to city talking enticingly about “free” government money for your business. All you have to do is pay these folks up front and they will fill out some paperwork for you to apply for these “grants.”

Trouble is, the rare few that are available are so highly specialized in research fields that the odds of getting them are astronomical. In practical terms, it is a dead end. Forget about government grants to start a new business. It won’t happen.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) gets the same question daily at their small business Answer Desk. And their response is always the same: “The SBA does not offer grants to start or expand small businesses.”

But here’s the good news, and one of the best-kept secrets in the cutthroat world of venture financing. It’s called the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program, and it has provided nearly $30 billion in financing (both loans and equity investments) to 90, 000 small businesses since 1958.

This program is for real. And while it is still going strong, it maintains a low profile by design, so the folks who manage the funds that invest in small companies don’t get totally devoured by cash-hungry entrepreneurs.

SBICs – some 450 of them nationwide – represent a uniquely successful partnership between Uncle Sam and private investors. Each SBIC – while licensed and regulated by the SBA – is actually a privately owned and managed investment firm that provides venture capital and startup financing to small businesses.

Seed money for some of America’s most beloved businesses originally came from SBICs, including America Online, Apple Computer, Callaway Golf, Federal Express, Gymboree, Outback Steakhouse, Staples, Sports Authority and many more.

SBICs also are funding up-and-coming small firms like NetSpend, an Austin, TX-based business that offers debit card processing and marketing services. Two brothers, Roy and Bertrand Sosa who moved their family to Austin from Mexico in 1986, founded NetSpend. They launched the business from their one-bedroom apartment in 1998 with $750. In 2000, several SBICs invested in the fledgling firm, helping fuel a period of rapid growth that landed the company as the National Association of SBICs’ Portfolio Company of the Year in 2003.

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2005-07-23 15:23:31 by thirtythree

Gov't grants for small business start-up?

We are starting a small crafts and games co. So far we are working the craft shows and setting up a website/e-store etc.
BUT Does anyone know if the the gov't really hands out 'millions of dollars' every year for small business start-up like they say on T.V.? Or is this a crock of shit-people just trying to get you to buy their books and such?
As I understand it grants are only given for non-profits...
Does anyone know the facts and if it is possible to get a grant for a 'for profit' biz..can anyone give me some advice on where to research this stuff?
Any help would be appreciated.

2008-03-24 14:35:00 by flyingdogs


There are grants for small business start ups (and even more for women going into business), but I didn't think or expect there to be a service to assist me during the research and planning process. I'll do some poking around - thank you again!!!
I have some excellent reference guides for starting up a small business and putting together a business plan. I'm really pumped about it, but the research is tripping me up. I'm just about at the point that I need to answer specific questions before I can progress with the plan.

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