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Where can I find free grant money to help with my start up business?

I am looking to start up a business in Cheyenne, WY.. It will be an espresso business; Now I am a single mom and am looking for start up capital and have been told about free grant money. Has anyone been able to get this kind of money?

Question posted by ThreeBrokeGirls38 (2 points) 2 years ago. Answers: 6

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There's an article on this site called 'the truth about small business grants,' by Milton Zlotnick, which summarizes it pretty well:

http://articles.bplans.com/financing-a-business/the-truth-behind-small-business-grants/132

The idea that agencies are giving tax funds away to individuals is pretty much a bait-and-switch game to sell databases with lists of grants someone can apply for. The truth is that grants are about causes, like special development areas or special causes, not something that is available to anybody who wants to start a business.

Would you want your tax dollars to pay for somebody else to start an expresso business?

I've never met or even heard specifically about anybody that made that work. Still, Milton's list in the article cited above is a good one.

Answer posted by Tim Berry (1,408 points) 2 years ago

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He is right.  There really aren't any real "grants" for starting up a business.  Grants are mostly given to non-profits or businesses that will educate about a cause.  However, I recently read something saying that certain states - Delaware, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington have active Self-Employment Assistance programs which offers self-employment start-up funds (http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/self.asp).   You can try and see if it is offered in your state. Not sure how true the site is since I have never researched it because it is not offered in my state.  There is also a site called side cafe since it gives away $1,000.00 for unusual ideas.  Maybe your idea is different enough to get the $1,000.00.  It is http://www.businessownersideacafe.com/small_business_grants/index.php.  Good luck to you.

Answer posted by msporsenna (18 points) 2 years ago

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Wow, I am surprised you didn't get more help here. There are grants and other assistance at the state level that are often available- you just need to find them and do your own research.

Try: http://www.wyomingbusiness.org/business (click on start business for a listing of services/support)

Try: http://www-wsl.state.wy.us/sis/grants/

The difficulty with grants is they are very specific and you need to meet all the requirements.

While you may not find the golden road to the perfect grant, it does look like you will receive a lot of support from WY for your business. Take advantage of it.

Hope this helps...Frank

Answer posted by FrankGoley (18 points) 2 years ago

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For the most part there are very little options for small business owners as far as government grants go, but there are other places where small business grants are available.  To locate these grants you have to do a lot of research. I have actually done a lot of the legwork and compiled an up-to-date list of REAL grant opportunities for small business owners. There is also grants just for women listed like the Amber Grant.

http://smallbizdiamonds.com/post/18843505593/dont-take-this-money-for-grant-ed-real-free-funding

You can also check with the following sources get knowledge about available grants:

     *Library
     *Professsional Associations
     *Chamber of Commerce
     *Civic Orgaizations
     *Contact foundations (local, national, and global) whose overall mission matches your small             
       business and that would likely fund a grant project in your area.
     *You can also research the internet

Once you locate small business grants that you are interested in contact people/businesses that have been awarded in the past and pick their brains to find out what it took to win the grant so that you can increase your chances of succeeding.

Good Luck!

Answer posted by SmallBizDiamonds (24 points) 2 years ago

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You can also check with your local Small Business Development Center - you can find your closest office at http://www.asbdc-us.org/

Answer posted by ggonda (30 points) 2 years ago

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In South Africa our Department of Trade & Industries has various Incentive Grants for Manufacturing and Tourism.

These grants stretch over 3 years, and are non-taxable and non-repayable.

Aubrey
leseding@mail.com
South Africa

Answer posted by leseding (4,856 points) 1 year ago

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