Women entrepreneurs in today’s business world

Looking for grants for women with small business (hair salon) that are real.

2 Responses to “what is the most reliable source for business grants for women?”

  • imisidro says:

    There are a number of loan programs for women business owners as well as certification program (8A) to help you compete better in the government contracting process. But not really grants

    Even SBA does NOT give out grants. From the SBA website http://www.sba.gov/mostrequesteditems/CON_FAQ2.html

    “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 http://www.sba.gov/financing 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) http://www.cfda.gov and Grants.gov http://www.grants.gov – 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.

    Here is a listing of federal grants for small businesses. See if there is any available for individuals for starting a business — THERE’S NONE.
    http://12.46.245.173/pls/portal30/CATALOG.BROWSE_BENEF_RPT.show

    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

  • shalvtor says:

    The best thing for you to do is to go to your local library and get some books to research on Government Grants. You can also go to:
    http://www.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/onlinewbc/index.html
    This may provide you with how to apply for loans and grants for your business.

    Check out these sites as well:

    http://www.inc.com/guides/women/index.html

    http://www.grants.gov/

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