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.