BusinessUSA (bUSA) knows launching a business can be demanding - submitting the correct forms, filing taxes, hiring employees, buying inventory, getting loans approved, and the list goes on. There are plenty of free resources to set you and your new business up for success. The common problem faced by entrepreneurs is these helpful guides, programs, and loans tend to be hard to find. bUSA helps you by gathering them into one convenient place, so you can spend your valuable downtime growing your business or maybe taking a well-deserved nap.
- Awarding 300 grants in 2014, the U.S. government program, SBIR, had an average financing amount of $624,807.
- The fastest way to get your business operations off the ground is to apply for a small business loan.
- Don't overpay your taxes. The IRS provides tax breaks to help small businesses thrive.
We compiled a list of resources which is universally considered useful for small start-ups and existing projects. A favorite of small businesses is the Small Business Administration (SBA). Open to anyone starting or owning an existing a business, the SBA offices are found in every major U.S. city and some smaller towns as well. However, if you are unable to physically visit one of their offices, the SBA provides all their free services and assistance online by way of email and video correspondence, printable forms, and online grant/contract program applications.
Some helpful avenues to explore your options would be Grants.gov or Business.USA.gov. These two government sponsored platforms organize all financial and informational opportunities into one place. You can apply for a grant, submit a contract proposal, or find programs that encourage small business growth. Also, you may want to explore your local options. Do a quick online search and check if your county, city, or state is offering incentives like tax credits, grants, or other opportunities that could boost your business's profits and reduce expenses.
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