Generally speaking, it is in the best interests of the Federal government to support U.S. businesses. Successful businesses employ people, buy things, contract for services and pay taxes. The Federal government has a number of agencies that can be a benefit to small business. This page lists a few.
- Beta SAM.gov (formerly fbo.gov) - the official U.S. government website for people who make, receive, and manage federal awards.
- Economic Development Administration - provides financial assistance to state and local governments, educational institutions, Indian tribes and non-profits to help with certain economic development opportunities.
- General Services Administration (GSA) - tjhe acquisition and procurement arm of the Federal government
- Grants.gov - a centralized place where businesses and other organizations can search for legitimate grant opportunities from Federal agencies.
- Minority Business Development - Business Assistance - supports minority business centers, which help minority-owned businesses obtain financing.
- Nonprofit Business - U.S. Government Official Portal - information for non-profit organizations.
- OSHA - Small Business Assistance - concerned with worker and industrial safety.
- Small Business Administration - established to help small businesses in a number of ways; most notably with loan guarantee programs and support of SBDCs.
- Small Business Administration - Resource Library - a resource containing valuable information about business management.
- Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program - funding opportunity, which could be in the form or a grants or contracts, for small businesses that have innovative ideas in the research phase.
- Department of Commerce - supports initiatives to help the US economy grow.
- Department of Labor - information on labor statistics, wages, etc.
- Department of State - assists and advocates for US businesses globally.
- Export/Import Bank - when private lenders are unable or unwilling to provide financing, they equip American businesses with the financing tools necessary to compete for global sales
- US International Trade Administration - their terrific website provides everything a US company needs to know concerning legally and safely exporting goods.
- United States Census Bureau (Department of Commerce) - a resource of valuable information concerning markets and demographics.
- Internal Revenue Service - the government's tax collecting agency.