Small Business Administration Grant and Loan Programs

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

Many of the SBA programs offering Small Business Grants, Loan Programs and Counseling Programs are offered through state agencies.

Small Business Grants in Your State

Programs For Small Business

8(a) Business Development Program
Small Business Administration
To foster business ownership by individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged; and to promote the competitive viability of such firms by providing business development assistance in...more

7(j) Technical Assistance
Small Business Administration
The purpose of the program is to provide Business Development Assistance for Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Businesses. SBA performs this mission by entering into grants, cooperative agreemen...more

Disaster Assistance Loans
Small Business Administration
To provide loans to the victims of declared disasters for uninsured or otherwise uncompensated physical damage....more

Procurement Assistance to Small Businesses
Small Business Administration
To assist small business in obtaining a "fair" share of contracts and subcontracts for Federal government supplies and services and a "fair" share of property sold ...more

Small Business Investment Companies
Small Business Administration
To establish privately owned and managed investment companies, which are licensed and regulated by the U.S. Small Business Administration; to provide equity capital and long term loan funds to small b...more

7(a) Loan Guarantees
Small Business Administration
To provide guaranteed loans from lenders to small businesses which are unable to obtain financing in the private credit marketplace, but can demonstrate an ability to repay loans if granted, in a time...more

Surety Bond Guarantees
Small Business Administration
To guarantee surety bonds issued by commercial surety companies for small businesses unable to obtain a bond without an SBA guarantee. The guarantees range between 70 and 90% and cover losses and expe...more

Service Corps of Retired Executives
Small Business Administration
To use the management experience of retired and active business management professionals to counsel and train potential and existing small business owners. All client counseling information is confide...more

Small Business Development Centers
Small Business Administration
To provide management counseling, training, and technical assistance to the small business community through Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)....more

504 Certified Development Loans
Small Business Administration
To assist small business concerns by providing long-term, fixed-rate financing for fixed assets through the sale of debentures to private investors....more

Federal Agencies with Active Grants for Small Business

Featured Government Grant Resources

2012 University Center Economic Development Program Competition

The Economic Development Administration has recently established the 2012 University Center Economic Development Program Competition wherein they intend to solicit grant applications from higher education institutions stating their intent to establish and operate special University Centers that are focused on leveraging university assets in order to create regional economic ecosystems that will support high-growth entrepreneurship.

2012 Scallop Research Set-Aside Program

The Department of Commerce, in cooperation with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has recently established a project entitled 2012 Scallop Research Set-Aside Program.

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