Two Grant & Investment Resources
Online Recovery Act Grant Opportunities
A few objectives of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) include tax relief and job growth and creation. So, how can you find out how your business can benefit from ARRA? Grants.gov, an online government resource, is a public service initiative that compiles grant programs for funding up to $500 billion annually.
Grants.gov lists specific ARRA opportunities, with eligibility information, a funding description, the estimated amount of funding, and the close date. To apply for funding, candidates can download and submit a free grant-application package. Users can also browse non-ARRA government grants. An agency search is also available for those looking to receive funding from a specific source such as the Department of Commerce or the Small Business Administration.
Entrepreneurs Connect with Capital
IdeaCrossing is an online resource for businesses and individuals who want to find companies throughout the nation that are looking to provide investment funding. The site connects business mentors, entrepreneurs, and investors, and allows users to browse a service directory of potential investors. Business mentors can share expertise with entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs can connect with business mentors and investors, and investors can be matched with deals of interest. The website hosts all types of investors, including angel, venture capital, banks, investment brokers, and non-profits or government agencies awarding grants.
The site, developed by JumpStart Inc., a venture development organization, can help match investors with entrepreneurs, based on the needs of each party. User profiles can be created under a specific category, so that entrepreneurs looking to find investors in their industry can reach out to them, and vice-versa. Users can register and create a profile for free. IdeaCrossing also includes a Resource Center that offers event listings, related articles, and a discussion forum.