Women entrepreneurs in today’s business world

I was thinking about starting my own small business in Massachusetts.

I was wondering if there was any federal/state funding/grants available for something like this?

It would be a do it yourself dog wash. There are few outside of Boston but none in the city.

Please let me know and provide links/information if you can! Thanks! 🙂

3 Responses to “Is there grant money available to me if I want to start a woman owned small business??”

  • Doctor Deth says:

    see if your local library has that Matthew Lesko book on Govt Grants (wacky guy with colorful jacket on TV) – female owned businesses have a better chance than male owned of getting grants

  • theyuks says:

    The short answer is yes, there are a lot of grants and funds available to help you get your business going. Many of the funds are more in the form of loans than out-and-out grants, but if you do your homework, I’m willing to bet you can find some. There are also tax breaks and governmental contract status preference for businesses owned by women and minorities, so business will be marginally easier to come by once you do get started. I’d recommend looking into your local small business administration office, and ask around at the national women’s business associations online (I’ve included some links)

  • Brutus says:

    Go to http://www.grants.gov for a list of government grants and how you can apply for them. However, there are no grants for a for profit business unless you are opening a daycare and then it is a minimal amount. If you need money, you will need to apply for a loan. No lender will talk to you unless you provide them with a valid business plan. Go to http://www.sba.gov , http://www.score.org or http://www.bplan.com for sample business plans and instructions on how to write a business plan.

    Then, go to http://www.score.org/ and in the upper left hand corner, enter your zip code. On the next screen, you will get information on the nearest SCORE chapter. Call them and arrange for a free meeting with a SCORE counselor to review your business plan and discuss various loan options available to you.

    SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

    SCORE has 389 chapters in locations throughout the United States and its territories, with 10,500 volunteers nationwide. Both working and retired executives and business owners donate time and expertise as business counselors.

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