Welcome to all women and minorities everywhere. This
link off the site is just for you. It is our pleasure at mauisun.org
to bring as much information to you as possible to help you in
your future endeavours. We will be bringing links to government
agencies and local agencies to help you get ahead as much as possible.
Information of all types will be added to this link in the future
so refer back here often. As always, you can also refer to the
discussion board for any questions you have, or specialized help
you may need. My company is considered majority female minority
owned, What that means is my company is 51% owned by my wife and
49% owned by me. She is also 50% spanish which makes it a minority
owned company. We contract to the military and it is considered
civilian contracting. We go through the normal channels of bidding
on government work like all other companies. Once you manage to
get your first contract, no matter how small it is, you are onthe
fast track to future government contracts. There is also small
business loans available to all, to provide startup money. Most
loans start in the 50,000 range and increase from there. There
are also philanthropist grants, which is free money, to get your
ideas rolling into a sound business. This and more we will endeavour
to bring to you on this area of the mauisun.org site. Feel free
to contact me at anytime for personal help. There are also admins
and moderators from the site discussion board willing to help
at all times. Good luck to all of you........mauisun
state and federal government sponser loans and grants to minority
businesses. The places to begin are your local
1. State Department of Economic Development
2. City of residence. Some cities provide block grants and sales
2. Small Business Adminsitration
3. Their current banking partner who would probably administer
from SBA and potentially can open the door to a venture captital
4. U.S. Department of Commerce (very slow if not persisent)
If you are seeking start-up or venture
capital begin with a local community business bank.
Keep in mind that a good source of capital is minority
owned business tax
credits. Sometimes these are transferable so they may be sold
party at discount.
Federal grants are aplenty and can be obtained by contacting specific
sponsering agencies by simply applying. Most entitlement opportunities
unclaimed and funding eventually expires.
These must be personal contacts made by a sincere and prepared
My advice is to always start on the local level. Be
wary of individual
investors wanting to give you money. What seems like a gift or
attached often ultimately results in years of litigation and thousands
dollars due to the companys' failure to meet the indivduals expectations
because of a hastily prepared investment agreement.
With any capital investment make sure an attorney
and a CPA review all
contracts, terms and responsibilities prior to cashing any checks!"
Some resources for female small business owners:
Working Diva (menu of links on
Some varied info for you to review for ideas
and examples of others doing this.
Loans and Grants.
Grants for nonprofits and others.
Nonprofit Grant Writers.com
Laws and acts that may apply.
More to come in the future just keep checking back