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  1. SBA Loans Explained

    January 1, 2019 by Thomas Herr

    This short video describes the most popular Small Business Administration loan program, the 7(a) loan.

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  2. Home Improvement – What You Need To Know

    January 1, 2019 by Thomas Herr

    Taking on home improvement projects can be feast or famine. These tips should give you some ideas to incorporate into your next project. You can be successful at home improvement by implementing these ideas.

    Do not allow any work to be done on your home without a proper contract. You may also want to have the contract looked at by a lawyer. Look over things like the amount, completion dates, and anything else that you want to have confirmed.

    TIP! It may be necessary to repaint your porch. Make sure the paint you choose is of good quality.

    If you want just a small improvement, go and buy a gallon of paint. It makes for an amazing visual change. A fresh coat of paint is also attractive to new buyers if you think you may sell your home any time soon.

    Before you pop open that can of paint and get your brush out, remember that you need to protect your flooring. Paint can be difficult to remove from your carpet or floor, so take preventative measures. Layering your floor with old newspapers is an inexpensive method to protect it. Other options include plastic sheeting and paint cloths.

    Over time, ceramic tile can stop looking shiny and start to look grimy. You can clean most types of flooring safely and effectively with a simple solution of vinegar and water. Pick up a bucket, put the mixture inside, and carefully mop up your flooring. The solution will wash away dirt and grime, leaving your floors clean again.

    TIP! Purchasing a smaller microwave, or a microwave that you can install over the stove, is a great space-saving tip to use in a smaller kitchen. Microwave ovens vary in cost and also in what they do.

    If you’re hiring a handyman to take a look at some problems, be sure to draw up a contract. If you have a clear contract, you won’t be taken advantage of or surprised with unexpected charges. If you don’t have a contract in hand, you might end up a very dissatisfied consumer with little to no recourse.

    Bathrooms are very important to consider if you want to flip a property. A buyer can easily personalize a living room or bedroom, but the bathroom needs to be in great shape. Be sure the tub and sink are in solid condition, or else they should be replaced. If the floors are linoleum, swap it out for tile.

    The better your home’s curb appeal is, the more money you can get out of it when it sells. Keep in mind, though, that the extra cost of the view may not be looked at as an investment, but as an extra charge for your pleasure. The person that considers buying your home might not think that the view as valuable as you did when you purchased the home.

    TIP! Before you paint any walls, make sure you cover any electrical outlets with aluminum foil. Aluminum foil is easier to use compared to tape, and it protects your floors from unintentional splatters.

    Home improvement is, as you may agree after reading this article, a very broad field, but not an overcomplicated one. Even the easy projects will require some research and planning. However, this work will yield wonderful results. The tips laid out in this article will put you on the right path to completing your project successfully.


  3. What You Need To Know About Benefits.Gov

    January 1, 2019 by Thomas Herr

    The United States Federal Government launched the Benefits.gov Website in 2002 in the hopes of providing every American with easy and convenient online access to government benefits and programs.

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    Find additional information and resources on nonprofit information, educational grants and Civic Engagement programs from around the world.


  4. What You Need To Know About The Department of Transportation

    December 30, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    The mission of the Department of Transportation revolves around the idea of serving the United States of America through the development of a fast, safe, accessible, efficient and convenient transportation system that will meet our essential national interests and at the same time would improve the quality of life today, and in the future.

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  5. Grants From The Department of Labor

    December 30, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    The Department of Labor was primarily created to nurture, promote and develop the welfare of job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States of America, as well as to improve the country’s working conditions, advance employment opportunities and ensure work-related rights and benefits.

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  6. Home Improvement Tips And Tricks Anyone Can Use

    December 29, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    Having the right information and tools can make almost any home-improvement project come to fruition. In this article you will find a wealth of information about how to accomplish your goals when it comes to remodeling your home. If you put these tips to use, you will be able to have the home that you have always wanted.

    If your plans for your home involve significant renovations or remodeling, it is typically best to hire an architect or professional designer. Unless you or someone you know has been professionally trained at design, whatever plan you create is unlikely to be functional. Professional designers can create the plans you need to make sure your project is a success.

    TIP! If your plans for your home involve significant renovations or remodeling, it is typically best to hire an architect or professional designer. If you lack formal training in this area, the plans you create may be heavy on esthetics and light on functionality.

    Rather than getting rid of your cabinets for new ones, refinishing the ones you already have can save you money. You can create a new and attractive look just by painting the bases and installing new hardware and doors. It is a more affordable way to improve the look of the kitchen.

    Vinyl Floor

    If your vinyl floor has a bubble, try removing it! The air in a vinyl floor bubble can be released by slicing it. This part of the fix is only temporary, however. In order to permanently repair this part of the floor though, you are going to need to put an amount of fresh glue in. Glue, prepackaged in syringes, is perfect for this job.

    TIP! Prioritize the rooms you plan to improve. It is not necessary to transform the entire house all at one time, and it may make sense to make renovations gradually to spread out your expenses.

    Steer clear of any sort of furniture with very busy patterns. If you buy busy-looking pieces, you’ll end up decorating your rooms around them. Choose solid colors for your major furniture pieces, and add interest with your accessories. Patterns are easier to take in small doses such as blankets and toss pillows.

    Adding an extra bathroom can really increase the value of your home. Another bathroom is also very useful, especially if you put it on another floor. You will improve your own life and make your home attractive to future buyers, as well.

    You can make your home more appealing by painting your garage door. This can be a quick way to update the look of your house. You can make your home look newer with some paint. While you could paint the door a standard color, such as white, consider changing things up by choosing a contrasting color that compliments your home.

    TIP! An inexpensive way to update your bathroom is to purchase new accessories. Attractive curtain rods, toilet paper holders, towel racks and cabinet knobs are available in various matching finishes and shapes.

    If you are thinking of replacing your cabinets, consider using wood cabinets. They wear well and are quite strong. Maple, oak and cherry are common cabinet woods. One additional benefit of these woods is that they take stains well. This makes it relatively easy to alter the color scheme of your cabinets.

    Now that you’ve got the knowledge, start gathering your materials. If you have problems in the middle of the project, look at this article to find a solution.


  7. Business Startup Toolkit

    December 29, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    A toolkit developed for the Small Business Administration that let’s community-based organizations set up workshops for aspiring business owners.

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    Find additional information and resources on small business grants and loans, home buyer programs and impact investment programs from around the world.


  8. An Essential Network for Small Business Success

    December 28, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    Hear how SCORE helped this couple realize their entrepreneurial dream.

    This post is part of a network of sites interested with the intersection of small business, the philanthropic sector and government in creating healthy and sustainable communities.

    Find additional information and resources on small business grants and loans, home buyer programs and Community Foundation programs from around the world.


  9. Business Startup Toolkit

    December 28, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    A toolkit developed for the Small Business Administration that let’s community-based organizations set up workshops for aspiring business owners.

    This post is aligned with a network of sites interested with the intersection of small business, the philanthropic sector and government in creating healthy and sustainable communities.

    Find additional information and resources on small business grants and loans, home buyer programs and impact investment programs from around the world.


  10. Grants From The Department of Justice

    December 27, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    The DOJ was initially established to ensure the enforcement of the law and administration of justice, which is equivalent to the justice or interior ministries of other countries all over the world.

    Ever since it’s establishment, the Department of Justice has been running programs and activities that could potentially improve the law enforcement system in the United States.

    This post is aligned with a network of sites interested with the intersection of small business, the philanthropic sector and government in creating healthy and sustainable communities.

    For more information on small business grant and home ownership programs visit TopGovernmentGrants.com.


  11. Follow This Advice For The Best Home Improvement Projects

    December 27, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    Home improvement projects can be as big or small as you want them to be. It doesn’t matter the scope of your project, this article will show you some tips to help you get it done.

    Reach for the uncommon if you want to put in an addition that makes your home classier and more sophisticated. Consider a wine cellar in the basement or a library, full of built in shelving. When selling, people will be impressed by the luxury that was added to the home.

    Seem Higher

    You just need two tips to make your ceiling seem higher. Think about painting stripes on the wall or adding tall lamps. This will create a unique optical illusion. Your eyes are going to focus on the lines, and your ceilings will seem higher than they are.

    You can use drywall mud to add texture and visual interest to your walls. This will also cover up any nicks or blemishes. This texturing process isn’t difficult. Once the drywall mud is troweled, you simply grab a brush with bristles, a sponge or an empty plastic bag, and then use whatever you grab to create texture on the drywall mud by dabbing.

    TIP! Purchasing a full set of metal fixtures is one way to quickly uplift a bathroom’s look. Shower curtain rods, towel racks and even toilet paper holders come in assorted shapes and finishes.

    Take a sponge to your drywall! Avoid sanding the seams, try to stick with sponging. When done by a skilled individual, using wet sponges can be just as good as sanding when it comes to smoothing drywall seams. It also doesn’t make your room fill with dust.

    If you’d like to make an old bathroom look modern and new, look into buying matching metal fixtures. You can find items such as toilet paper holders, towel racks and cabinet knobs in many shapes and finishes. There are sometimes packages available that can be put up in one day.

    Water damage, rotting decks and chipping paint are just a few of the problems you definitely notice upon entering a home. A professional home inspector can spot things like structural damage, electrical problems, and other problems beneath the surface. You should invest into some home improvement projects so you do not have to spend a lot on repairs in the future.

    TIP! Opt for a unique coffee table rather than a generic pre-made one. Something unlikely, like an old chest, can be used a great coffee table.

    You don’t need to become overwhelmed with your home improvement projects. If you have the proper information, you can make smart decisions. A little work (whether you handle it on your own or bring in professionals) can make a huge difference in how comfortable and attractive your home is.


  12. What You Need To Know About GovLoans

    December 26, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    GovLoans is a website created by the United States Government to serve the public’s gateway to government loan information. At present, GovLoans hosts information on loan opportunities from five loan making agencies.

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  13. HUBZone Certification Program Webinar

    December 26, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    This video explains the basics of the HUBZone certification program for small business federal contractors.

    HUBZone certification allows certain small businesses to compete for set-aside contracts aimed at spurring investment in low median income or high unemployment areas.

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  14. From Idea to Business – SCORE Success Story

    December 26, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    Learn how with the assistance of a SCORE mentor, this woman turned her wall art idea into a viable business.

    This post is aligned with a network of sites interested with the intersection of small business, the philanthropic sector and government in creating healthy and sustainable communities.

    For more information on small business grant and home ownership programs visit TopGovernmentGrants.com.


  15. Minority Business Enterprise Centers

    December 26, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    Program wherein it aims to support minority-owned businesses by providing them with electronic and one-on-one business development services for nominal fees.

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  16. Pamper Your Home With Improvement Ideas And Tips

    December 25, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    Home improvement does not have to be the sole province of mechanical minds. Projects to repair or improve your home can have serious benefits beyond making your house a nicer place to live. When properly executed, the right home improvement project can increase your home’s value. This article can help you get more from your home improvement projects.

    Roofs can get little leaks in them at any time, so using some 3 inch aluminum tape can help you to patch them up quickly and very effectively. Clean the surface, then separate the tape from its paper backing. Apply it carefully over the cracks. The aluminum provides a long-lasting, waterproof seal that will surely hold up for years with any type of small hole or crack.

    TIP! Sometimes, it only takes one small improvement to increase the value of a house. If you are actually reselling your home, try a few small-budget improvements.

    If you plan to redo your roof, use light colored tile. The lighter tiles will reflect more of the sun’s harmful rays and refrain from the absorption that is characteristic of darker tiles. It is possible to realize great savings on your energy bills in this way.

    Check out the floors underneath any rugs or coverings before spending money on new flooring. You may have some great, natural hardwood beneath your linoleum or carpet that just needs refinished. This can result in you spending less money to wind up with beautiful, high quality floors.

    One of the most expensive things a homeowner can do is to replace the roof. Be sure to speak with a minimum of three roofing businesses and ask for their references. There are numerous new options in roofing such as new materials and new styles of shingles, as well as metal roofs, which are making a comeback. A good contractor can help give you options.

    TIP! If you prefer an inexpensive type of flooring, you will prefer vinyl over stone or ceramic tile. Not only is vinyl durable and water resistant, it also has an adhesive backing which makes it easy to install.

    Make sure you have turned off the power circuit before you do any electrical home improvements. Touching live wires when the power is on is a serious mistake that can lead to electrocution and even death.

    Don’t neglect the bathroom when you’re going to sell your house. Buyers can easily customize the majority of rooms, but make sure your bathroom is attractive and in good working order. Be sure the tub and sink are in solid condition, or else they should be replaced. If the bathroom has linoleum flooring, lay tile in its place.

    This is a small fraction of the information available out there. Keep learning all you can to better your home improvement skills. When you learn all you can before you begin, your renovation will run smoothly. Having a complete understanding of what your project entails is always in your best interest.


  17. Small Business Administration Loan Guarantees Program

    December 24, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    The Small Business Administration has established the Loan Guarantees Program wherein they aim to be able to provide guaranteed loans to small business establishments which are not capable of acquiring financing from a private credit marketplace but greatly manifests the ability to repay funds in a timely manner.

    This post is part of a network of sites interested with the intersection of small business, the philanthropic sector and government in creating healthy and sustainable communities.

    For more information on small business grant and home ownership programs visit TopGovernmentGrants.com.


  18. Pell Grants – Help Financing Your Education

    December 24, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    The Federal Pell Grant Program is overseen by the Department of Education and falls under the Federal Student Aid Information Center. In order to be eligible students must be enrolled in eligible schools that may be public or private nonprofit institutions of higher education.

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    Find additional information and resources on small business grants and loans, home buyer programs and impact investment programs from around the world.


  19. How to Apply for a Federal Grant

    December 24, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    We often hear of federal grants and how they can help make our lives better. Well, they actually do, make our lives better. But instead of assisting our personal financial needs such as personal debts and rent payment, federal grants intend to make our lives better by innovating solutions to the problems in the community and the society.

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  20. Tips For Beginners For Any Home Improvement Project

    December 23, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    Your life will be vastly better if you take the time to make improvements in your home. Your home reflects much about who you really are. The information in this article is aimed at giving you ideas of things you can do to make your home, and consequently your life, better.

    If you are seriously considering buying a home, get it inspected by a professional. This can help you get a much more accurate sense of what type of fixing up may be needed. Hiring an inspector is a great way to keep arguments about what needs to be fixed to a minimum.

    TIP! If your roof is in need of repairs due to cracking, try getting a roll of aluminum tape, three inches wide. Peel the paper backing from the sticky take before you apply it to the cleaned surface.

    If you are not able to get a designer, you can do it yourself. The Internet, library, home improvement store and bookstores are great tools for increasing your knowledge. Visualizing your home can help significantly. Such resources are often full of tips on getting more bang for your home improvement buck.

    Safety is a very important part of any home improvement project. You might be surprised that they are safety risks in projects that seem straightforward, but the instructions for tools and products you use are meant to be followed for a reason. You can also use the Internet to find informative tutorials to prepare yourself more thoroughly.

    Making a replacement window screen is a home improvement job you can easily handle yourself if finding a properly-sized one off the shelf isn’t possible. You can buy a frame kit that you cut to fit any window. Then, all you do is attach the screen using the cording that is provided and some tools you probably have around the house. Some windows require a special type of screen, but attaching an external screen is easy with adapters.

    TIP! You can start a long-term home improvement plan by prioritizing the different rooms you want to work on. Just improve different rooms gradually to save you some money and time.

    Before doing any home improvement projects in the kitchen or bathroom, it’s important to turn off the main water supply. Many inexperienced homeowners have had to deal with an annoying flood because they forgot this obvious procedure at the start of the project.

    If you want a room to look larger than it really is, move the furniture off of the walls. Additionally, this gives your home a contemporary look.

    By replacing ones windows with windows that will keep in the cool or hot air being generated inside the house depending on the season, an individual can save themselves money while also getting nice new looking windows. This is a great home improvement project, because it adds so much value in so many ways.

    TIP! If you have a water leak coming from your faucet or beneath the sink, hire a professional. Call an expert and get the job done right.

    A well kept home is a happy home. Nobody wants to live in a house that needs a ton of repairs. Hopefully, the information you’ve read will assist you in making the necessary improvements to your home.


  21. Small Business – Doing Business with HUD

    December 22, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    This Outreach session will provide guidance on how to do business with HUD, best ways for marketing your business to HUD, and the type of services and products HUD buys.

    This post is aligned with a network of sites interested with the intersection of small business, the philanthropic sector and government in creating healthy and sustainable communities.

    Find additional information and resources on nonprofit information, educational grants and Civic Engagement programs from around the world.


  22. How to Apply for a Federal Grant

    December 22, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    We often hear of federal grants and how they can help make our lives better. Well, they actually do, make our lives better. But instead of assisting our personal financial needs such as personal debts and rent payment, federal grants intend to make our lives better by innovating solutions to the problems in the community and the society.

    This post is part of a network of sites interested with the intersection of small business, the philanthropic sector and government in creating healthy and sustainable communities.

    For more information on small business grant and home ownership programs visit TopGovernmentGrants.com.


  23. Shopping for a Mortgage

    December 21, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    Shopping for a mortgage can be a very daunting task. Because of this many people will skip this step entirely. That could end up being a big mistake though.

    This post is aligned with a network of sites interested with the intersection of small business, the philanthropic sector and government in creating healthy and sustainable communities.

    For more information on small business grant and home ownership programs visit TopGovernmentGrants.com.


  24. Small Business – Doing Business with HUD

    December 21, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    This Outreach session will provide guidance on how to do business with HUD, best ways for marketing your business to HUD, and the type of services and products HUD buys.

    This post is aligned with a network of sites interested with the intersection of small business, the philanthropic sector and government in creating healthy and sustainable communities.

    For more information on small business grant and home ownership programs visit TopGovernmentGrants.com.


  25. An Essential Network for Small Business Success

    December 21, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    Hear how SCORE helped this couple realize their entrepreneurial dream.

    This post is aligned with a network of sites interested with the intersection of small business, the philanthropic sector and government in creating healthy and sustainable communities.

    For more information on small business grant and home ownership programs visit TopGovernmentGrants.com.


  26. How The Government Can Help Your Small Business

    December 21, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    The Small Business Administration is largely responsible for providing indirect financial assistance to entrepreneurs and small business establishments. In most cases, the primary role of the SBA is to provide several financial assistance program to small business that have been specially designed to meet essential financing needs.

    This post is part of a network of sites interested with the intersection of small business, the philanthropic sector and government in creating healthy and sustainable communities.

    For more information on small business grant and home ownership programs visit TopGovernmentGrants.com.


  27. Getting Money to Start a New Business

    December 20, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    Starting a new business can be an exciting venture – unfortunately, it can also be quite expensive as well. In order to get the money that you need to get your business off of the ground, you might be considering a loan from a bank or other lender; you should keep in mind that there are some other alternatives for funding that might serve you well in addition to traditional loans.

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  28. Great Tips And Ideas On Home Improvement

    December 20, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    Home improvement is a hobby that anyone, no matter what their skills are, can appreciate. Repairing projects or fixing your house can have a lot of benefits beyond just looking nicer. Home improvements, when executed well, raise the value of your property. This article has helpful tips that will help you have the best project you can.

    Add some sophistication and class to your living space by building a unique addition. Think of dedicated rooms for uncommon purposes, such as a classy billiard parlor (instead of a mere game room) or a well-appointed wine cellar. Additions like these will impress visitors, but will also give potential buyers an extra reason to purchase your property.

    Coffee Table

    Use something unique as a coffee table instead of buying one made for the purpose. An old chest or piece of luggage used as a coffee table can double as storage space. Toss your magazines, coffee table books, a tray or other items on top to define the piece. You can even give it a country feel by including some teacups and a tablecloth.

    A great tip for home improvement is securing the opinion of the professional before fixing a big task by yourself. A little information from a professional can be a great help, especially if it keeps you from wasting valuable money and time. Choosing not to consult a professional can mean disaster.

    TIP! If you have small rooms in your home, they can feel gloomy, but they don’t have to! You can invite the light inside. Shine your windows and raise the blinds.

    A house that is well groomed and has a pleasant view may have more market value than other homes. If your home looks out onto the ocean, for example, this may increase its value. There is also the matter of personal taste to consider. A view you think of as perfect might be unremarkable to a certain buyer, who would not want to pay more for it.

    Chair cushions begin to flatten out over time with heavy use. To restore them, put the cushions outside in the sun. Doing this lets moisture evaporate from inside the fillings, and this reinstills some bounce. Flip the cushions over after a while, but be careful not to leave them outside too long, since the sun may fade the fabric.

    If you are doing the projects by yourself make sure you have the correct tools and high quality supplies. You might pay more to begin with, but it will cost less money over time. In general, quality products are better suited to daily wear and tear. It’s not desirable to replace expensive tools frequently.

    TIP! All you need is a little PVC primer and cement in order to attach two PVC pipes together. Make sure that the products you use fit your pipes.

    There is more to renovations, but this article should get you started. Always be willing to learn more about home improvement projects. When you learn all you can before you begin, your renovation will run smoothly. Before tackling a project, have a clear understanding of all that it entails.


  29. Small Business – Doing Business with HUD

    December 20, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    This Outreach session will provide guidance on how to do business with HUD, best ways for marketing your business to HUD, and the type of services and products HUD buys.

    This post is part of a network of sites interested with the intersection of small business, the philanthropic sector and government in creating healthy and sustainable communities.

    For more information on small business grant and home ownership programs visit TopGovernmentGrants.com.


  30. Grants From The National Science Foundation

    December 20, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    The National Science Foundation provides financial assistance to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States.

    This post is part of a network of sites interested with the intersection of small business, the philanthropic sector and government in creating healthy and sustainable communities.

    Find additional information and resources on small business grants and loans, home buyer programs and Community Foundation programs from around the world.


  31. Grants From The Department of Justice

    December 19, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    The DOJ was initially established to ensure the enforcement of the law and administration of justice, which is equivalent to the justice or interior ministries of other countries all over the world.

    Ever since it’s establishment, the Department of Justice has been running programs and activities that could potentially improve the law enforcement system in the United States.

    This post is aligned with a network of sites interested with the intersection of small business, the philanthropic sector and government in creating healthy and sustainable communities.

    Find additional information and resources on small business grants and loans, home buyer programs and impact investment programs from around the world.


  32. SBA Celebrates Woman-Owned Veteran Small Businesses

    December 19, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    Woman Business Owners from around the country join U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet for this special Veteran’s Day Google Hangout-On-Air.

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  33. SBA 8(a) Business Development Program Webinar

    December 18, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    This video explains how the SBA’s 8(a) Program works, its eligibility requirements, technical assistance available to small disadvantaged businesses through the program and common myths about the program.

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  34. SBA – Small Business Investment Companies

    December 18, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    The Small Business Administration has inititiated the Small Business Investment Companies program to help in developing privately owned and managed investment companies which will be licensed and regulated by the Small Business Administration to provide equity capital, long term loans, and advisory services to small business requiring such services.

    This post is part of a network of sites interested with the intersection of small business, the philanthropic sector and government in creating healthy and sustainable communities.

    For more information on small business grant and home ownership programs visit TopGovernmentGrants.com.


  35. Home Improvement Tips: More Than Curb Appeal

    December 18, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    Home improvement jobs alter your home and the value of it, in a good way, but possibly a bad way. Continue reading to learn simple tips on how to improve the look and value of your home.

    Whenever your roof needs redoing, you should insert white tile. If not white, then ensure it is light colored. Light colors tend to reflect the rays of the sun while darker colors will absorb the heat and cause higher energy usage. This is a great way to save on your monthly bills.

    TIP! Improve the look of your home by adding an unusual addition. You could for instance create a wine cellar, a library or a shelving.

    Your paint cans could do with a few holes in their rims. Your paint can contains a rim that the lid fits into. When painting this can fill up with paint and then overflow when the lid is replaced. Use a nail to make several holes all the way around the can’s perimeter into the channel’s bottom in order to fix this.

    Before you pop open that can of paint and get your brush out, remember that you need to protect your flooring. If you don’t, you will have quite a mess on your wood floors or carpeting. Layering your floor with old newspapers is an inexpensive method to protect it. Plastic sheeting or purpose-made drop cloths can also be used to keep paint off your floors.

    Before buying “quality” supplies, see to it that you shop around for the best deals possible. Replacing the flooring in your home, for example, can be very expensive, so it pays to shop around. Discount supply stores are very valuable as they can help you save a lot of money.

    TIP! Decide on your main style theme before you start to add customizing features onto your home. Narrowing down what style you will decorate in is a big step.

    To add a unique touch to a bookcase, invest in the help of some wallpaper. Pick out a pattern that you like. Paste the wallpaper onto the inside of the bookcase to give your favorite books a fashionable backdrop. You will not only have a nice bookcase, but a nice addition to your room.

    When it comes to successfully completing your next project, few things are as helpful as having the proper tools for the job. This will help make sure the job is done right. Also, the proper knowledge of how to use the tool will make a difference to how the job goes.

    If you need to replace a window screen but can’t find one that fits your window, it’s easy to make your own. You can cut a frame kit to any size of window. After that, it is a simple matter of screen attachment with cording and a cheap tool. Although certain windows requite a certain screen, you can easily put in external screen that fit all windows.

    TIP! Adding a textured finish to your walls with drywall mud can create a new look and disguise any blemishes. Adding texture is simple.

    Hopefully, in reading this article, you have seen that you can in fact do this. Using these tips will allow you to get all of your remodeling projects done successfully.


  36. Business Startup Toolkit

    December 18, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    A toolkit developed for the Small Business Administration that let’s community-based organizations set up workshops for aspiring business owners.

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  37. How to Apply for a Federal Grant

    December 17, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    We often hear of federal grants and how they can help make our lives better. Well, they actually do, make our lives better. But instead of assisting our personal financial needs such as personal debts and rent payment, federal grants intend to make our lives better by innovating solutions to the problems in the community and the society.

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  38. What You Need To Know About The Department of Transportation

    December 17, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    The mission of the Department of Transportation revolves around the idea of serving the United States of America through the development of a fast, safe, accessible, efficient and convenient transportation system that will meet our essential national interests and at the same time would improve the quality of life today, and in the future.

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  39. Grants from the Department of the Interior

    December 17, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    The responsibilities of the Department of the Interior include the management and conservation of federal lands and natural resources, including the administration of programs that are associated with Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, territorial affairs, and to insular areas of the United States.

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  40. Introduction to the Small Business Administration

    December 17, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    If you’re looking for a way to help your business grow, now would be a good time to understand how the government can help you with your small business needs.

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  41. Grants From The Department of Agriculture

    December 16, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    United States Department of Agriculture was established to provide leadership on food, natural resources, agriculture, and other associated issues that are all based on sound public policy, the best available technology, and efficient and effective management.

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  42. CDBG for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages

    December 16, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    The Community Development Block Grant for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages is a program of United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),

    HUD is a Cabinet department in the Executive branch of the US federal government, which work is focused in the development of strong, sustainable, inclusive communities, as well as quality affordable homes for the all the citizens of America.

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  43. Use These Incredible Tips On How To Have A Outstanding Home Improvement Project

    December 16, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    When it comes to home improvement, having the right tools and knowledge is all that’s needed to transform your dull home into your dream home. This article is full of tips and techniques you can use to maximize home improvement projects. Carefully study the information in this article to turn your home improvement dreams into a reality.

    Demand a formal contract that is signed by both you and your contractor before any work is started. If you can, have a lawyer review the contract before moving forward. Your contract should contain specifics that pertain to all work being performed, costs, warranties and beginning and ending dates.

    TIP! If you plan to purchase a home, be sure to get a professional inspection. This way, you’ll be clear on what repairs or replacements need to be made.

    To minimize the “peek-through” of walls behind paneling, paint stripes on the walls prior to putting up paneling. Regardless of the quality of the panels you use, the old walls sometimes remain visible. Be sure to measure the paneling before you install it. If you have paneling, make sure your paint color matches!

    Look into solar panels for your home. The initial outlay can be a little expensive, but over the long term this could be a very worthwhile investment. This helps save money on your power bill because a majority of the energy comes from what you have stored. This all-natural solution for energy in your home is amazing.

    Hot glue your hardware to their respective storage containers. This way, you can find your hardware more easily. Written labels will get clumped together.

    TIP! If you can, put in actual wood flooring rather than laminate. Laminate might look passable as real wood, but it can’t be refinished.

    It’s important to have fun when making home improvements. Although the project should be carefully and seriously undertaken, there is still room for having fun as you complete it. If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, you will likely make mistakes. If this happens to you, hire a professional for help.

    If you need to remove any walls or drywall to reach plumbing when doing repairs to kitchens or bathrooms, put up a new wallboard that is water-resistant to avoid future problems. Professionals often refer to this product by the name “green board”, and it is better suited to water than typical drywall products. As an added extra it has normally been treated to resist mold growth.

    If you want to do a project yourself, first write out everything you will have to accomplish. Ask someone who knows what they are doing to check it and make sure you didn’t forget anything. One missed step during the planning stage can result in shoddy work which can lead to a much more costly renovation project.

    TIP! Small rooms can seem cramped and gloomy, but they do not have to stay this way. Light can be the answer! This can be resolved through cleaning the windows and opening blinds.

    Since you now have all the information needed to finish home projects, assemble the tools required to start. If you are stuck any time during your project, review the information provided here to find a solution to your problem.


  44. SBA Celebrates Woman-Owned Veteran Small Businesses

    December 16, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    Woman Business Owners from around the country join U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet for this special Veteran’s Day Google Hangout-On-Air.

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  45. Grants From The National Science Foundation

    December 16, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    The National Science Foundation provides financial assistance to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States.

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  46. Community Development Credit Unions

    December 15, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    A Community Development Credit Union, more commonly known as a CDCU, is a credit financial institution which owned and controlled by its members in an effort to sustain the ability of being able to provide a wide array of financial services. Basically a Community Development Credit Union is a type of Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that is specially designed to low and moderate income people and communities with or without small businesses.

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  47. Grants from the Department of the Interior

    December 15, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    The responsibilities of the Department of the Interior include the management and conservation of federal lands and natural resources, including the administration of programs that are associated with Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, territorial affairs, and to insular areas of the United States.

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  48. Grants and Loans From The Department of Energy

    December 14, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    Since its establishment the Department of Energy has been pioneering the leveraging of informative science in order to address the country’s energy, environmental and nuclear challenges.

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  49. Local Assistance from the Small Business Administration

    December 14, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    The Small Business Administration has many local offices and resource partners that counsel, mentor and train small business owners and entrepreneurs.

    These nearby offices and online assistance can help your business start up, succeed and grow. This short video provides a good introduction to services near you.

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  50. Small Business Administration HUBZone Program

    December 14, 2018 by Thomas Herr

    The Historically Underutilized Business Zones Empowerment Contracting Program provides federal contracting assistance to eligible small businesses located in underutilized business zones to improve their employment opportunities, investments, and their area’s economic development.

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