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Grants for women in small business

Question
What kinds of grants are available to help women who want to start small businesses? 
Answer
First, some tough love. If you need a grant to start a small business, you aren't ready to be a small business owner. A grant is essentially a gift, and you won't last long in the marketplace if you have to begin your business counting on a gift. If you want to own your own successful small business, you have to earn it.

Small business is about carving your dream out of the marketplace. And when it comes to capital, there are many resources that can help you get the capital you need.

Okay, enough tough love. Now where do you go for help. Somewhere nearby - probably on the local state university campus - is a Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Call your local college or chamber of commerce and ask where it is. The good folks at the SBDC can help you find the capital you need.

Also, go to www.sba.gov and link to the "Starting your business" section. There is a lot of good stuff there, including a list of Women's Business Centers, of which there are appoximately 100 nationwide. These work in a similar fashion to SBDCs, but are operated by women for women. 
 
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