Small Business Trends

General Information

Programs of Special Note:

Being called up to active duty is a huge sacrifice for you, your family and your business. The SBA offers programs to help relieve your burden whether you are an Active Duty Reservist or Guardsman or you employee an Active Duty Reservist or Guardsman. For more information, see: National Guard & Reserve Programs. Unfortunately, disasters do happen. Learn how to prepare for the worst and recover when the worst happens anyway at Disaster Preparation, Loans, and Recovery.

Information on Grants

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”:


Small Business Statistics

EntreWorld Media Resource Center a good compilation of statistics about small business NFIB Research Foundation The National Federation of Independent Businesses surveys small businesses on a quarterly basis. This is a good site for current trends and opinions. The SBA Office of Advocacy publishes statistics about small businesses overall (Small Business Economic Indicators) and by region (Small Business Statistics by State). In addition, periodic research reports are commissioned and published by this office. See Minority & Women Owned Businesses for additional statistics.

Information on the Small Business Development Program

Additional Entrepreneurship Programs

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