Are you ready to start your business, but don't know where to start or what opportunities are out there for minority groups? The following resources provide information on federal government programs and services that help members of minority groups start their own businesses, as well as resources to help finance your new business and where to go to get training and assistance.
Provides information on a program sponsored by the SBA that helps businesses in historically underutilized areas gain access to federal procurement opportunities.
Details how to finance a business as well as business opportunities from a federal agency created specifically to foster the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses in America.
Explores the issues affecting the growth and development of minority business enterprises, discussed at this federally-sponsored, national conference.
Covers programs and services that help small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and federal procurement market.
Outlines programs and resources that are available to American Indians, Native Alaskans and Native Hawaiians seeking to create, develop and expand small businesses.
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Federal and state government agencies do not provide grants to minorities for starting a business. However, there are a number of low-interest loan programs that help individuals obtain startup financing. Some nonprofit and local organizations provide a small number of grants to help minorities and those in economically disadvantaged communities to start and expand businesses.
Visit the Loans and Grants Search Tool to get a full list of grant, loan and venture capital programs for which you might qualify. Below are some programs that also may be useful to you.
Offers flexible loans (up to $50,000) to small business owners who have limited or no access to traditional business credit, including women and minorities.
Provides financing for Indian-owned businesses that significantly contribute to a Tribe's economy.
Makes and guarantees loans to approved socially disadvantaged applicants to buy and operate family-size farms and ranches.
Offers a low collateral loan program geared toward small businesses, including minority and women owned businesses.
Provides low cost loans up to $7,500 to Native Hawaiians who are experiencing temporary financial hardship due to unforeseen events, or who wish to enhance their careers.
Aids small businesses that are 51 percent owned and managed by persons who are minorities, women, or disabled, with loans up to $50,000 or 50 percent of a total project.
Provides loans, loan guaranty and equity grants of up to $50,000 to help women, minorities and persons with disabilities start and expand their businesses.
Massachusetts BDC Capital Community Loans
Offers financing programs for women-owned, minority-owned businesses.
Provides financing for borrowers who, for various reasons, might have difficulty in obtaining conventional loans. Borrowers must apply for a loan through a lending institution.
Assists new and existing minority businesses in gaining access to needed capital in the form of direct low-interest loans.
Offers grants to assist a current Native American business or a new Native American business owner. The funds are available only to enrolled members of Montana’s federally recognized tribes in Montana and to enrolled members of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe.
Offers loans to help start-up and expansion of Native Hawaiian owned businesses.
Makes microloans available to any new or existing business or community development project that is located on or near the Winnebago Indian Reservation.
Provides financial support to small, women- or minority-owned businesses, manufacturers, redevelopers and nonprofit organizations in the following endorsed New Jersey municipalities: Camden, Trenton, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, East Orange, New Brunswick and Atlantic City.
Assists businesses and nonprofits that provide positive social benefits, meet other special requirements, and are unable to access loans from traditional sources, such as banks. Particular emphasis is placed on helping low-income people, women and minorities.
Lists the organizations that provide microloans to businesses that often do not qualify for bank loans, as well as one-on-one counseling and business development assistance to facilitate credit-readiness. Funds are provided by the state's Community Development Financial Institution Assistance Program.
Provides loan guarantees for fixed assets for small business (start-up or existing business expansion) for projects of $100,000 or less. The state has targeted 50 percent of the guarantee funds for allocation to businesses owned by minorities and women.
Provides direct loans for businesses locating or expanding in Ohio that demonstrate they will create new jobs for Ohio citizens.
Offers low-interest loan financing to businesses owned and operated by ethnic minorities. Funds may be used for fixed assets including land and building acquisition; building, construction and renovation; machinery and equipment acquisition and installation; and working capital.
Gives financial assistance to new, expanding and existing businesses in Tennessee that do not have reasonable access to capital markets and traditional commercial lending facilities.
Provides an interest rate subsidy on lender financing to women or minorities who start or expand a business.
Minority Business Development Centers (MBDC) help entrepreneurs and business owners in local communities throughout the country start, grow and manage their businesses. MBDCs offer training courses, one-on-one assistance and other services that help minority business enterprises succeed.
California - Inland Empire Minority Business Development Center
District of Columbia - Washington DC Minority Business Development Center
Illinois - Chicago Minority Business Development Center
Minnesota - Native American Business Enterprise Center
New Mexico - New Mexico Minority Business Development Center
North Carolina - North Carolina Minority Business Development Center
Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico Minority Business Development Center
South Carolina - South Carolina Minority Business Development Center
Wisconsin - Wisconsin Minority Business Development Center