Compiled by Ambrose Turkson, SBDCNet Researcher
- Finance Primer: A Guide to SBA’s Loan Guaranty Programs - SBA
- How to Prepare a Loan Package - SBA
- Assessing Financial Needs - South-West Texas SBDC
Buying or Selling a Business
Checklists, articles and guides about buying or selling a small business:
- The Buyer Seller Relationship
- Checklist for Due Diligence
- International Business Brokers Association
- Preparing for Buyer Questions
Specific Business Valuation Formulas:
Financing a Business
- Small Business Financing & Credit - hints written by Allbusiness.com
- Finding the Money You Need – an article written by the Small Business Administration. Includes links to SBA loan programs
- Finding Financing for your Business – CCH Owner’s Toolkit
- Financing Your Business – Entrepreneur.com
- SBA Loan Programs – information on various SBA programs
- Getting Business Credit – A business person’s guide to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) , which protects businesses against discrimination when applying for commercial credit.
- Guide to Business Credit for Women, Minorities and Small Businesses – Explains how to shop for and obtain credit, how to maintain a good credit rating, how to dispute unfair credit transactions, and how to resolve billing errors.
SBA’s grant programs generally support non-profit organizations, intermediary lending institutions, and state and local governments in an effort to expand and enhance small business technical and financial assistance. Other federal grant programs generally support non-profit organizations, and state and local governments and are not given directly to small businesses. A list of Federal Grant programs can be found on SBA’s web site at: SBA Federal Grant Resources.
Unfortunately, some unscrupulous operators sell manuals, workshops and other materials on how to obtain “free money.” To find out how to avoid these scams, see the Federal Trade Commission’s article about wealth building scams.
Other information on “free money”:
- Home Business Grants: Is There Really Free Money Available for Your Home Business Needs?
- Wealthbuilding Scams
- Five Tips for Buying Business Insurance
- InsureU for Small Business
Provides helpful information, tips and considerations about insurance for owners of small companies and home-based businesses. Produced by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), an organization of insurance regulators.
This consumer guide to getting and keeping health insurance includes guidance for small business employers and self-employed individuals. Produced by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute.
Information About Insurance Companies
Search for information about insurance companies before you buy. Complied from state government department of insurance, this database includes information on complaints filed by consumers, financial information, and whether or not the company is licensed by the state.
- National Venture Capital Association Association for Venture Capitalists
Controlling Business Finances
- MyBizhomepage – a free web-based service that provides and other information to help small and emerging businesses run more smoothly and profitably.
We’ve all seen the headlines: “Millions in free government money for your business.” Late-night infomercials and Internet advertisements promise grants to start or expand a business. Sound too good to be true? It is.
Facts About Government Grants
The federal government does not provide grants for starting and expanding a business.
Grants from the federal government are only available to non-commercial organizations, such as non-profits and educational institutions in areas such as, medicine, education, scientific research and technology development. The federal government also provides grants to state and local governments to assist them with economic development.
Some business grants are available through state and local programs, non-profit organizations and other groups. For example, some states provide grants for expanding child care centers; creating energy efficient technology; and developing marketing campaigns for tourism. These grants are not necessarily free money, and usually require the recipient to match funds or combine the grant with other forms of financing such as a loan.
If you are not one of these specialized business, both federal and state government agencies provide financial assistance programs that helps small business owners obtain low-interest loans and venture capital financing from commercial lenders.
How to Find Grants
If you are a small business owner, use our Small Business Loans and Grants Search Tool to find specialized small business grant programs.
If you are a non-profit organization or a for-profit business involved in scientific and technology research and development, consult the following resources:
Find and apply for thousands of federal government grant programs.
- Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Search a comprehensive database of grants, loans and other assistance programs available from federal agencies.
The following is a selection of major grant programs provided by federal government agencies.
Arts, Humanities and Education
- Education – U.S. Department of Education
- Humanities – National Endowment for the Humanities
- Libraries and Archives – National Archives and Records Administration
- Museums – Institute of Museum and Library Services
- Visual and Performing Arts – National Endowment for the Arts
Community and Social Services
- Employment and Labor Grants – U.S. Department of Labor
- Housing – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Law Enforcement – U.S. Department of Justice
Health and Medicine
- Cancer Research – National Cancer Institute
- Health Care Services – U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration
- NIH Grants – National Institutes of Health
Science, Technology and Environment
- Energy Sciences Grants – U.S. Department of Energy
- Environmental Grants and Fellowships – Environmental Protection Agency
- Natural Resources – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Scientific Research Grants – National Science Foundation
- Small Business Research and Development Grants
- Technology Grants - National Institute of Standards and Technology
- Telecommunications – National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Accepting Payment from Customers
- Accepting Cash and Checks – Learn to accept various forms of payment from customers; includes acceptable forms of ID and how to handle bounced checks.
- Plain English Guide to Extending Credit – Recommendations on how to properly extend credit to your customers.
Credit, Loans and Leases – Federal credit and debt statutes; guides for advertising consumer leases and the credit practices rule; sample forms for credit applications; business rights under the ECOA; guides for use of credit reports by insurance companies, landlords and employers; disposal of credit reports by businesses; fact sheets for businesses on safeguarding financial information and for preventing identity theft.
- Plain English Guide to Collecting Debts – Recommendations on how to collect debts from customers.