GRANTS
FOR
small
BUSINESS




SMALL BUSINESS

ADVANTAGES SMALL BUSINESS

SOURCES OF FUNDING

MICROBUSINESS

HOW TO GET GRANTS

HOW TO GET GRANT LINKS

USES FOR GRANTS

SMALL BUSINESS GRANT LINKS

SMALL BUSINESS GRANT RESOURCES


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SMALL
BUSINESS




Small business is a business that is privately
owned and operated, with a small number of
employees and relatively low volume of sales.



Small businesses are normally

privately owned
corporations, partnerships,

or sole proprietorships.



The legal definition of "small" varies
by country and by industry.




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ADVANTAGES
OF
SMALL
BUSINESS




A small business can be started at a very
low cost and on a part-time basis. Small
business is also well suited to internet
marketing because it can easily serve
specialized niches, something that would
have been more difficult prior to the
internet revolution which began in the
late 1990s.

Adapting to change is crucial in business
and particularly small business; not being
tied to any bureaucratic inertia, it is
typically easier to respond to the
marketplace quickly.



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SOURCES
OF
FUNDING




Small businesses use several
sources available for start-up
capital:


Self-financing by the owner through
cash, equity loan on his or her home,
and or other assets.

Loans from friends or relatives

Grants from private foundations

Personal Savings

Private stock issue

Forming partnerships

Angel Investors

Banks

SME finance, including Collateral
based lending and Venture capital,
given sufficiently sound business
venture plans.



Small businesses
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_business



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MICROBUSINESS
MICRO-ENTERPRISE
MICROENTERPRISE




A micro-enterprise (or microenterprise) is a
type of small business, often unregistered,
having five or fewer employees and requiring
seed capital of not more than $35,000.

The term is often used in Australia to refer
to a business with a single owner-operator,
and no employees.

The term microenterprise connotes different
entities and sectors depending on the country.

Generally speaking, in developed countries,
microenterprises comprise the smallest end
(by size) of the small business sector,
whereas in developing countries, microenterprises
comprise the vast majority of the small business
sector, a result of the relative lack of formal
sector jobs available for the poor.

These microentrepreneurs operate microenterprises
not by choice, but out of necessity.



Microbusiness
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microbusiness



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HOW
TO
GET
SMALL
BUSINESS
GRANTS




1) Check With Your Local Government Agencies.

Many cities, counties, and states give away
money to local businesses. Why? Because they
want you to create jobs and more tax revenue.

Many times they won't highly publicize these
opportunities, but it's in your best interest
to give them a call and/or search their web
sites.



2) Check With Federal Government Agencies.

The federal government doesn't give business
grants directly to businesses, but they do
give money to foundations who in turn can
give money to small businesses.

The federal agency in charge of this is the
Grants Program Management Office, and all of
their opportunities are listed publicly at


GRANTS
http://www.grants.gov


3) Check With Major Corporations.

Nearly every major corporation in this country
has a foundation that gives away grants to
enhance communities, and many of these are
grants to start or expand a business.

Start with the companies that are headquartered
in your home state, and find out if they offer
financial assistance for local businesses. If
not, venture out and inquire about companies
that are not in your state. Many times, they
don't care where you live.



4) Search The Internet.

Use Google and Yahoo to conduct a search using
the term "business grants". You can even throw
in the name of your city, county, state, etc.

Carefully review the results, and look for web
sites that other web sites are linked to. Doing
so, will help you to find opportunities that may
be casually listed on a blog or some type of
directory. You may even come across a recent news
article about a new opportunity.



5) Ask Around.

When attending professional networking functions
and social mixers, never hesitate to ask people
that you meet about new opportunities.

Many times, small business grants are given away
to people who happen to be in the right place at
the right time. Never underestimate the importance
of creating a relationship with a power player and
his/her associates.



6) Visit Your Local Library.

Contrary to popular belief, libraries are still an
excellent resource and store a lot of information
that is not accessible in other places.

Go to your library as soon possible; look for grant
books and directories and ask specific questions to
your librarian. You'll be surprised what you can find.



7) Make Sure It's Legit.

The Internet is full of many misleading opportunities.
Be cautious, and make sure that the organization or
company has a professionally developed web site.

Also, make sure they have a phone number, email address,
physical address - and are not requiring you to pay to
apply.

Some legit web sites, however, do sell access to their
directory of opportunities for a monthly fee. Other
legit web sites may sell e-books that list grant
opportunities.

This is okay, as long as you are not paying to submit
an actual grant application.



8) Be Patient.

Many entrepreneurs make the mistake of rushing through
the process of finding and applying for a business
grant. The reality is, that looking for and qualifying
for the right opportunity can take some time.

In fact, it can take up to a year or more before you
actually get the funds needed into your possession.
Also, you may not immediately find the opportunity
that is best for you.



9) Be Thorough.

When applying for small business grants, make sure
to dot your "I's" and cross your "T's". In other
words, be thorough and complete.

Many opportunities will require lenthy applications
that can seem endless. Stay the course, and remember
that being inaccurate or skipping questions may
disqualify you.



10) Be Optimistic.

Many allow the process of applying for grants to
intimidate them and scare them away. Yes, it can
be time consuming and tedious - but in the end it
is very well worth it.

Remember, grants do not have to be repaid. This
is free money. Don't give up, and stay positive.
You'll be glad you did!



How To Get Small Business Grants
http://www.businessgrants.org/



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HOW
TO
GET
SMALL
BUSINESS
GRANTS
LINKS




Business
http://www.ehow.com/business/

Small Businesses
http://www.ehow.com/information_1214-small-businesses.html

Small Business Grants
http://www.ehow.com/articles_3139-small-business-grants.html

How to Get Small Business Grant Help
http://www.ehow.com/how_2053017_get-small-business-grant-help.html



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USES
FOR
GRANTS




A government grant for new
business owners helps you
to:

Expand or renovate facilities.

Purchase machinery, equipment,
fixtures, etc.

Finance receivables and augment
working capital.

Hire and train employees.

Increase inventory.




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SMALL
BUSINESS
GRANTS
LINKS




Association for Enterprise Opportunity microenterpriseworks.org (AEO)
http://www.microenterpriseworks.org/

Business Plans and Proposals
http://www.proposalwriter.com/smallplans.html

Economic Development Directory
http://www.ecodevdirectory.com/

Entrepreneur.com
http://www.entrepreneur.com/

Five Talents Microenterprise Development Library
http://www.fivetalents.org/content.asp?contentid=420

The Foundation Center
http://www.fconline.fdncenter.org/

Free Business Grants for Woman
http://www.webmomz.com/resources-free-business-grants.shtml

Free Government Grants
http://www.government-grants-101.com/

Free Scholarships
http://www.FastWeb.com/Scholarships


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Free Small Business Management Guides
http://www.bizmove.com/

Government Grants
http://www.governmentgrantauthority.com/

Government Grants for Small Business
http://www.topgovernmentgrants.com/small_business_grants.php

Grant Gopher
http://www.grantgopher.com/Default.aspx

Grants.gov
http://www.grants.gov/

Grants for starting a small business
http://www.ventureworthy.com/Grants-for-starting-a-small-business.asp

How to Get Small Business Grant Help
http://www.ehow.com/how_2053017_get-small-business-grant-help.html

micro-enterprise.org
http://www.micro-enterprise.org/

NAAPS UK Small Community Services
http://www.naaps.co.uk/en/small-community-services/

Sample Business Proposal
http://www.proposalkit.com /


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Small Business Administration.gov
http://www.sba.gov/

Small Business Financial Assistance
http://www.sba.gov/financialassistance/

Small Business Government Grants
http://www.rachelboltz.com/small-business-government-grants.html

Small Business Grants
http://www.businessgrants.org/

Small Business Grants
http://www.business.gov/financing/grants/

Small Business Grants
http://www.smallbusinessgrants.net/

Small Business Grants
http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/funding/types/smallbusiness.htm

Small Business Grants Assistance
http://www.smallbusinessgrantsassistance.com/

Small Business Grants and Loans for Women Business Owners
http://www.womanowned.com/growing/funding/opportunities.aspx


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Small Business Grants for Women by Womens-Finance
http://www.womensbusinessgrants.com/

Micro and Home Business Network
http://www.globalbusinessidea.com

PASS Plan.org
http://www.passplan.org/

score.org
http://www.score.org/

ssa.gov
http://www.ssa.gov/

U.S. Small Business Administration
http://www.business.gov/



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SECTION 9



SMALL
BUSINESS
GRANTS
RESOURCES




Business
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business


American Independent
Business Alliance

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Independent_Business_Alliance


Big Business
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Business


Distributism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributism


Federation of Small Businesses
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federation_of_Small_Businesses


Independent telephone company
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_telephone_company


Localism (politics)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Localism_(politics)


Micro-enterprise
Acceleration Program

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MAP_(Micro-enterprise_Acceleration_Program)


National Federation of
Independent Business

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Federation_of_Independent_Business


Small Business Administration
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_Business_Administration


Small Business Innovation Research
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_Business_Innovation_Research


SBIR
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SBIR


Small Business Technology Transfer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_Business_Technology_Transfer


STTR
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STTR


Small start units
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_start_units


Small is Profitable
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_is_Profitable


Transnational corporations
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transnational_corporations




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GRANT INDEX


GRANTS FOR WOMEN


LOW INCOME GRANTS


MINORITY GRANTS RESOURCES


SENIORS GRANTS


NONPROFIT GRANTS


NONPROFIT GRANT TYPES


PUBLIC POLICY GRANTS


REGIONAL FOCUS GRANTS


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