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When small businesses think of the government, they may envision red tape, legal obligations, and mountains of registration and tax paperwork. However, the government can be a small business’s best friend, if you know where to look.

 

There are many different small business-focused government programs available to aspiring and established entrepreneurs, depending on what type of business you have and where you’re located. 

Visit these sites, gather as much knowledge and information as you can from each.  Don't get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information out there; take what you need, disregard the rest. 

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Government assistance for businesses is offered at the local, state, and federal level. The federal government has a number of loan and development programs aimed specifically at small business ventures, including those for veterans, economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs, and women and minority-owned businesses. 

 

State levels of government assistance for small businesses can vary, but all 50 states offer their own Chambers of Commerce, Small Business Development Centers, and other organizations that can help you get ahead. Some local governments will even take a hands-on approach to business development by offering low-interest loans to local entrepreneurs, viewing it as an investment in their small business community.

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If you’re looking for help from the government in starting or growing your business, there are plenty of resources and information databases you can explore. Check out the links below to access valuable business tips and programs.

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The SBA is one of the first sites you should visit when starting your business.  It has a ton of information available to you, and has some especially good information on the startup phase. 

Information is available on planning, launching, managing and growing your business.  You can also find resources for loans, investment capital and grants that may be available to you. 

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The Small Business Development Center is one of the best resources out there for free mentorship.

Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs can go to their local SBDCs for free face-to-face business consulting and at-cost training, on topics including business planning, accessing capital, marketing, regulatory compliance, technology development, international trade and much more.

SBDCs are hosted by leading universities, colleges, state economic development agencies and private sector partners, and funded in part by the United States Congress through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

 

With nearly 1,000 centers across the nation, there is an SBDC near you.