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I own 5 acres out of town and would like to get a business grant (no school grant)?

to do something on my property.I am a 50 yr old female.I would like to know what steps you took,used an underwriters and if you went through one of those grant companies and if you were satisfied?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Before you go through these grant companies, you may want to read the warnings FTC has issued against these "grant" companies:

    Here is also one of the warnings issued by the Better Business Bureau

    It is hard to find grants to start a business. Unlike the myths that some perpetuate, federal government and even private foundations hardly give grant money for starting a for-profit business.

    One possible exception is for companies developing or exporting agricultural goods, including food and forest product. Another exception could be the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs , which fund the research and development of technological innovation that meets specific government needs.

    Your best bet actually will be from the states if they offer grant programs for women (or any other special interest groups -- minorities, women, disabled, veterans, etc). Or check with non profit organizations, particularly women organizations if they offer grants. Examples include

    Iowa Women's Foundation

    New Mexico Women's Foundation

    Even SBA does NOT give out grants. From the SBA website

    "The U.S. Small Business Administration does not offer grants to start or expand small businesses, although it does offer a wide variety of loan programs. (See for more information) While SBA does offer some grant programs, these are generally designed to expand and enhance organizations that provide small business management, technical, or financial assistance. These grants generally support non-profit organizations, intermediary lending institutions, and state and local governments."

    Nonetheless, you can go to the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) and - these are two sites created by the federal government to provide transparency and information on grants. Browse through the listings and see if you can find any grant that would support a for-profit venture.

    Most of the federal grants are given to specific target groups with specific requirements (e.g. minority business owners involved in transportation related contracts emanating from DOT - Grant#20.905 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Short Term Lending Program

    Grants are also often given to non profit groups or organizations involved in training or other similar activities (grant 59.043 Women's Business Ownership Assistance that are given to those who will create women's business center that will train women entrepreneurs

    Source(s): Free Government Grants to Start a Small Business
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  • 1 decade ago

    We have not seen a grant in 15 years. The cities and counties raise money by selling 30 year bonds. The money is called "bond money". It is not free. You must pay it back. Unless you agree to open your business in a "target" area that the city wants to improve..

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