Tools for Success


Joint BRASS and GODORT program
June 18, 2001
San Francisco, California

Grants and Funding Opportunities for New Businesses:
A Selected List of Recommended Internet Resources

Cindi Wolff
Wisconsin Information Network (WIN)

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION'S Financing Your Business < > is the starting point for government information for small businesses. The SBA's Online Library < > includes full-text publications: the Emerging Business Series (financial management, management and planning, marketing, products/ideas/inventions, personnel management, and crime prevention), SBA Fact Sheets, Workbooks and Success Series. Also there is also a Listing Directory < > that includes information such as where to obtain business licenses, Certificate and Preferred Lenders (CoC's), and Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs). Excellent source of information regarding SBA loan programs: < > and loan forms < >. SBA also has a toll free number for help, 1-800-8-ASK-SBA.

CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE < > is a government-wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, services, and activities which provide assistance or benefits to the American public. It contains financial and nonfinancial assistance programs administered by departments and establishments of the Federal government.

The Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 (P. L. 106-107) directed Federal agencies to develop plans for the electronic processing of grants by May 2001. The result is the FEDERAL COMMONS < > created to "become a common face of the government, offering all grantees (state and local governments, universities, small businesses, etc.) full service grants processing across all functions in the grant life cycle. The Federal Commons will provide both public information, such as grant programs and funding opportunities, as well as the secure processing of e-grant transactions." As part of, it is still in need of a lot of development.

FEDERAL CONSUMER INFORMATION CENTER < > from the General Services Administration provides links to Federal Loans, Grants and Assistance. If you can't figure out where you want to go for information, you can contact the National Contact Center toll-free 1-800-688-9889 for direction.

FEDBIZOPPS < > has been designated as the single source for federal government procurement opportunities that exceed $25,000. After October 1, 2001 all agencies must use FedBizOpps to provide the public access to notice of procurement actions over $25,000. By signing up to automatically receive procurement information, by solicitation number, selected organizations, and product service classification, vendors can react more quickly to procurement opportunities. Vendors can also search procurements by solicitation number, date, procurement classification code, and agency for active or archived solicitations. Contact or toll-free at 877-472-3779 for information. The Department of Defense provides a similar site DODBUSOPPS < >.

The General Services Administration provides information for businesses wanting to become part of the Federal Supply Schedule in its Small Business Support < > website.

Federal Business Opportunities are listed on ARNET: ACQUISITIONS REFORM NETWORK < >. Included are small business opportunities by agency and procurement forecasts by agency.

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Joint BRASS and GODORT Program, ALA Annual Conference, June 18, 2001

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