Small Business Assistance Programs
The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers many loan and technical assistance programs, including special programs for women, minorities, and veterans, and provides the addresses of leading agencies in each state and U.S. territory. It also provides a review of federal assistance programs for disadvantaged businesses. (Please note that while it awards some grants to organizations providing small business assistance to individuals, SBA does not offer monetary grants to individuals to start up or expand small businesses.)
SBA's website offers a full range of fact sheets, program information, loan applications, regulations, suggestions on inexpensive software, and guides to state and local resources. Calendars and schedules of SBA-sponsored programs in each state can be found by selecting state and local SBA offices at the SBA website. The site also links to a number of registers and directories, including:
Additionally, to locate these and other organizations, constituents can use the Encyclopedia of Associations, a reference book that is available in many larger libraries.
SBA has a toll-free number for inquiries: 1-800-UASK-SBA (1-800-827-5722) that is available from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. The SBA also has local offices with staff that can provide assistance.
The U.S. Small Business Administration also provides information related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA gives federal civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.
There are also many opportunities to do business with the federal government.