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 Resources in Your State



Programs For Small Business

Veterans Outreach Program
Small Business Administration
In accordance with Public Law 110-186, the organizations will provide information on small business ownership to service members and military spouses by facilitating and instructing the U.S. Small Bus...more

Microloan Program
Small Business Administration
To assist women, low-income, and minority entrepreneurs, business owners, and other individuals possessing the capability to operate successful business concerns and to assist small business concerns ...more

Prime Technical Assistance
Small Business Administration
To increase the number of microenterprises and to enhance the management capability of microentrepreneurs in starting, expanding and/or growing their business; to provide training and capacity buildin...more

Native American Outreach
Small Business Administration
To fund economic development projects that will provide small business opportunities and empower American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs located in disadvantaged and under-s...more

Ombudsman and Regulatory Fairness Boards
Small Business Administration
To assure equity and fairness in federal regulation of small business by receiving comments from small businesses, small non-profit organizations or small government entities (representing less than 5...more

7(a)Export Loan Guarantees
Small Business Administration
To aid and assist small-business to increase their ability to compete in international markets by enhancing their ability to export; facilitating technology transfers; enhancing their ability to comp...more



HUBZone Program
Small Business Administration
The purpose of the HUBZone program is to provide federal contracting assistance for qualified small business concerns (SBCs) located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones in an effort to increa...more

Federal and State Technology Partnership Program
Small Business Administration
The purpose of the FAST program is to strengthen the technological competitiveness of small business concerns in the U.S....more

State Trade Expansion
Small Business Administration
Grants made to state governments to increase the number of small businesses that are exporting and increase the value of exports for those small businesses that are currently exporting....more

Intermediary Loan Program
Small Business Administration
Three year pilot program in which SBA made direct loans of up to $1 million at an interest rate of 1 percent to up to 20 nonprofit lending intermediaries each year, subject to the availability of fund...more




Federal Agencies with Active Grants for Small Business





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