When starting your business you can use all the help you can get, and the federal government can be a great source for assistance. You may wonder in what ways can they help you get started. Here are three areas the government offers help in getting your new business off the ground.
You need money to start your business and the government can help you get the cash you need in two ways. First option offered would be a loan. The government has hundreds of millions of dollars in government funding set up for small business and entrepreneurs. There are loans created specifically for low-income businesses, handicapped individuals, military veterans and more. The second option for funds would be one of the fifteen hundred grants that are available through fifty-two government agencies. The grants are separated and grouped by state and business category. Such categories include but are not limited to agriculture, general business and real estate. You can also find grant money for research and development of your business. Many of these grants start at five thousand dollars and can end in the six figures. Best of all these do not have to be paid back. It’s like receiving free money.
So you know that money can be found, but what about other assistance. The government has this covered also. They offer assistance for small business expansion, development and renovation. There are fifteen hundred government sources to provide the needed assistance for small businesses. A place to start looking for this information would be the SBA, or small business administration office. You can find this in your phone book, online or the help desk at your local library. Through the government you can receive counseling, training to improve skills to help manage and operate your business. There are some forms and guidelines that are to be completed. For some examples of these forms and more detailed information you can read source books on finding government as well as private foundations. These books can be found at your local library also.
Money and assistance are no longer a concern. Lastly the government offers advisory services to you. These services will assist you in improving your management skills and labor management relations. This is very important knowledge when beginning business.
There is so much the federal government can do to help you get your business up and running. It’s just a matter of taking the time to find your local sources and get the process started. Be sure to take advantage of these offers. It’s not everyday someone will hand you free money that will go to making yourself more money. So don’t wait any longer, get the process started and you’ll be well on your way to a flourishing, successful business.