No, not unless you have invented a new technology that is of value to a federal agency or you have developed a new way to utilize natural resources. Otherwise, there is practically no grant money out there for ordinary for-profit small businesses. Somehow the fantasy persists that there is a ton of money available to for-profit businesses that doesn’t need to be repaid. The reality is that almost all grant money is awarded only to registered non-profit organizations or to businesses doing innovative research that is “in the national interest.”

Ninety-five percent of new businesses are financed with personal funds (savings, family, and friends). Those who are eligible for financing assistance, usually a loan, must still invest in their own venture and provide collateral. So, if you are serious about starting or growing a viable business, you must be resourceful enough to capitalize it without “fantasy” money. For more information about grants, visit opens in a new windowIdaho Small Business Solutions website.

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