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O/T Government Grants for Small Businesses...

Alright people, I've been looking into starting my own business. I've done research on the business and company and I am now at the point where I need to look to where to get the start up money or the money and collatoral to take out a business loan. Been looking into the Government Grants, but all I can find are the books and materials you can buy to tell you about the grants, how to get them, and in some cases, actual application forms and samples of succesfull applications. What I cannot find, that I'm surprised about, is actual information on the proccess with out having to buy the books and programs, to see if I do want to or even need to get those books.

I figured there are people on this board that have their own businesses and I thouht I'd also take this chance to see what you might have done to get yours up and running. Even on the odd chance that someone here received a Gov't grant to start your business.

any input would be much appreciated.

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Re: O/T Government Grants for Small Businesses...

If you are planning on selling those bumper carrier/fireplace grill/drying rack/toilet covers...PM me I might be able to hook you up with a loan shark or two.

I think we have some of the books around here, will ask the Lovely Jeep Wife and see what I can do.

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Re: O/T Government Grants for Small Businesses...

You let me borrow any of those books, and I'll drop the picture of the mullet from the other post [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

email me: [email protected]

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Re: O/T Government Grants for Small Businesses...

Just went and asked the Lovely Jeep Wife what she's got...Her first question was: "Is he going to be selling product or selling a service?" She has tons of books on how to be a consultant, lot's on how to manage people and be a better manager, some on starting your own bussiness. But none on getting a Gov't loan or grant...fortunately she didn't have to go that route...Let me know if any of these pique your intrest.

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Re: O/T Government Grants for Small Businesses...

1. Do what everyone else is doing...
2. Subcontract the product/service to a firm in China, Korea, India or Pakastian... [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]
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Re: O/T Government Grants for Small Businesses...

Here are some other places to try:
gov't grants 101

bidness Link

grantz

Or if you have a solid business plan and a good idea you might be able to find a money man here.

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Re: O/T Government Grants for Small Businesses...

You need to go here:
http://www.sba.gov/financing/

The SBA does lending through approved local banks. Check out their site and then find a local branch that does SBA loans. Talk to a loan officer and fill out an application. No need to buy books. There may be grants or "free money" available, but I doubt that it is easy to come by.

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Re: O/T Government Grants for Small Businesses...

Howdy,
This isn't so much about getting the money as it is making the most of it...
In my area the SBA has a program called the business incubator, you might check to see if there is one near you. They provide shop/office space for a good price,(for like a year or so) as well as help in other aspects of start-up (not sure what, exactly [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]) I know it was a big help for small CNC shop I worked for. Helped save some of that much sought after $$$
Good luck, more power to ya. [img]images/graemlins/RockOn.gif[/img]
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Re: O/T Government Grants for Small Businesses...

Thanks Tom, I've got the ABS site bookmarked.. and Thanks Java, I'll check into the Incubator program... might be pretty helpful!

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