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Minority-Owned Businesses

SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program can help qualifying minority-owned firms develop and grow their businesses through one-to-one counseling, training workshops, and management and technical guidance. The program also provides access to government contracting opportunities, allowing these businesses to become solid competitors in the federal marketplace.

https://www.sba.gov/content/minority-owned-businesses

Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB)

The WOSB Federal Contract Program was implemented in February 2011 with the goal of expanding the number of industries where WOSB were able to compete for business with the federal government. This program enables Economically Disadvantaged WOSBs (EDWOSBs) to compete for federal contracts that are set-aside for EDWOSBs in industries where women-owned small businesses are underrepresented. It also allows set-asides for WOSBs in industries where women-owned small businesses are substantially underrepresented. SBA has designated two sets of industries according to North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The link below will take you to the current list of NAICS codes designated for use under this program.

https://www.sba.gov/content/women-owned-small-business-program

Write Your Business Plan

A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success. This living document generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to grow revenues.

https://www.sba.gov/writing-business-plan

Crowdfund Your New Business Venture

A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success. This living document generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to grow revenues.

Is a Government Contract Right for Your Agency?
  • Do you meet the full eligibility requirements as described in the application?
  • What projects has this agency funded in the most recent past grant cycles?
  • What is the typical, average award from this agency?
  • Does the agency require a Letter of Intent?
  • What are the deadlines for submitting proposals to this agency?
  • Do you need to register with this agency prior to application?
  • What documents must you have in your possession to apply?
  • Do you need a DUNS Number to apply for this grant?

Foundation Grants for Small Businesses

Have You Registered with SAM, the Sysytem for Award Management?
The System for Award Management (SAM) is the Official U.S. Government system that consolidated the capabilities of CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS. There is NO fee to register for this site. Entities may register at no cost directly from this page. https://www.sam.gov/portal/SAM/##11
 
Obtaining a DUNS Number
Check to see if you already have a DUNS Number: https://iupdate.dnb.com/iUpdate/companylookup.htm
The Federal government requires that all applicants for Federal grants and cooperative agreements with the exception of . individuals other than sole proprietors, have a DUNS number. The Federal government will use the DUNS number to better identify related organizations that are receiving funding under grants and cooperative agreements, and to provide consistent name and address data for electronic grant applications. http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/duns_num_guide.pdf

Grant Proposal Templates

 
General Tips on Writing a Competitive Grant Proposal & Budget
 
Funding Your Best Ideas: A 12-Step Program
 
Proposal Development Guide