If you have been thinking about starting or growing your business, that the possibility of getting a Government Small Business Grant must be appealing to you. It is common to see small and medium businesses get government and federal grants, as there is a very clear common interest - the government want to help the economy and get people out of the poverty and unemployment lines, and the small business owner want to grow his or her business. This makes it quite easy to apply and get grants. Much easier that if you're trying to get a grant as an individual.
The best grants are given to appliers that demonstrate an ability to take the funding they get and use it to push their business forward, to the benefit of their community, getting more jobs out there, paying more taxes to theauthorities and so on. In order the persuade the institute that you are able to promote your business to success, you should present a very solid and detailed business plan for your business. If you can also show evidence of past success, you will increase your chances even more. The grants committees like sure bets, just like any one.
Another great thing about applying and getting a business grant is that in many cases, you will have the support and advice of local business people who participate in the committee. You will also be able to tap into their business contacts. That in itself is in many cases worth more than the money itself.
In conclusion - if you have a small business and you'd like to expand it - apply for a grant. This is money you don't have to ever repay (in contrast to the money you get as a load from a bank). And you get the benefit of building you business quicker and stronger. Go for it!
Dean Taylor is a grant application advisor. For more information on how to locate and apply for thousands of grants - vising Dean's site and learn more about government small business grants