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Small Business Start Up Grants... Are They Within Your Reach...

The U.S. Federal Government is the nation's largest provider of financial assistance for small businesses start up grants, small business start up loans and other small business start up resources that can help a small business to succeed.

Since 1953 the Federal Government's Small Business Administration has helped small businesses do just about anything that is involved with starting, running and growing a small business. 

Their small business start up grants are the most popular.  They have a vast amount of services that are extremely useful if you plan on finding information about a small business start up grants.

If you are ready to venture into the world of business ownership...

If you are ready to venture into the world of business ownership you have to do a lot of research.

A good place for you to start is your local Small Business Administration (SBA) office. Most of their offices have a resource room that is full of business related materials.

They also have information about starting different types of businesses. Most of their services are free.

Most of the SBA offices are affiliated with a low cost consultant service called Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), that helps new and start up businesses with all types of business related questions.

Check with your local Community College and ask for their Continuing Education class schedule for information about business related classes. Most of these classes are very inexpensive and very useful for start ups.

If you do not have a local SBA, check with your local government office, they should have similar types of services that can help you in the same manner as the SBA.

Information About Small Business Loans, Grants, & Venture Capital

7(a) Loans

This is the most popular Small Business Administration (SBA) business loan program.

The 7(a) loan may be used for most business purposes including start-up, expansion, equipment purchases, working capital, inventory or real-estate acquisition or just about anything that is related to growing your small business.

The SBA can guarantee up to $750,000 of a private-sector loan.

Interest rates for 7(a) loans are negotiated between the applicant and the lender.

Low Documentation Loan (SBALowDoc)

If you are looking for a small business loan of $150,000 or less, SBALowDoc may be your answer.


SBAExpress encourages lenders to make more small loans to small businesses. Lenders approve loans of up to $150,000. Lenders can also offer revolving lines of credit to borrowers.

SBA Loan Prequalification Program

Offered to armed forces veterans, minorities, women, exporters, rural small business owners and business owners in certain specialized industries, this program enables the SBA to prequalify an applicant for a 7(a) loan guaranty before the applicant goes to a bank. The maximum loan amount is $250,000. The application will focus on your character, credit, experience and reliability rather than assets.

7(m) MicroLoan

The MicroLoan Program provides short-term loans of up to $35,000. If you need a loan for small-scale financing purposes such as inventory, supplies and working capital, this program may be your answer.


This program features five types of loans for financing the short-term and cyclical working-capital needs of small businesses: Seasonal, Contract, Builders, Standard Asset-Based, and Small Asset-Based. The SBA can generally guarantee up to $750,000 of a loan.

504 Loans

The 504 Program provides long-term, fixed-asset financing through certified development companies. The maximum SBA debenture generally is $750,000 (up to $1 million in some cases).

Defense Loan & Technical Assistance (DELTA)

Created for defense-dependent small firms that have been adversely affected by defense cuts; the maximum DELTA loan is $1.25 million.

Physical Disaster Business Loans

Up to $1,500,000 ($1.5 million). Any business that is located in a declared disaster area and has
incurred damage during the disaster may apply for a loan to help
repair or replace damaged property to its pre-disaster condition.

Community Adjustment & Investment (CAIP)

CAIP loans are intended to create new, sustainable jobs and preserve existing jobs in businesses at risk due to changing trade patterns with Canada and Mexico.

Export Working Capital Program (EWCP)

The EWCP provides short-term loans to small businesses for export-related transactions. Under the EWCP, the SBA can guarantee up to 90 percent of a secured loan or $750,000.

International Trade Loan (ITL)

This program offers short- and long-term financing to small businesses involved in exporting. The SBA can guarantee up to $1.25 million for a combination of fixed-asset financing and working capital.

Pollution Control Loan

To be eligible for this loan, your business must design, build, install or service a pollution control facility. Maximum SBA exposure under the program is $1 million.

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