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Dear Sirs, Where does one go to apply for a small business grant. My husband wants to work out of our home. He was in the radio business for 25 years and wants to make commercials out his home office full-time now. He has the contacts, but we need start-up capital, probably aound $5,000 for the equipment. Whom do we talk to?
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Thank you Ms Kogut. We are in the state of Michigan. We have lived here for 14 years now. As for additional information. My husband has been a practicing radio personality for 20 uears and has been a "production director" for the last 5. A production director combines voice and soumd effects to write and produce radio and television commercials. This is generally done in an office environment on specialized audio equipment. Everything is digital now. He has the talent and the experience to do this on an independent consulting basis, plus the contacts to make it a real money-making business. But we need the capital to create this set-up in our home. We are looking for a small business grant of approx $5000. After my husband being unemployed last year for nearly 8 months, our immediate credit is shot. He is employed now by a small audio production company in town, but at nominal pay. My husband is 55 now and too old for an on-air radio job. But his commercials get great reviews! It's time to go independent. I am 47 and have a good and stable job making $52K a year. We have a condo but with little equity in it. How do we apply for a small business grant or low-cost loan? Where do we start??? Best regards, XXXXX XXXXX
Business Lawyer: Jane Doe Deer, Attorney replied 9 years ago

I'd love to see you save up the $5000.00 to invest, rather than taking a risk on a loan. But if it's a grant you want, here are some ideas:

http://www.michigan.gov/dleg/0,1607,7-154-11407_15317_15346---,00.html

At this government agency, you can find out about grants and you can also obtain information about starting a small business in Michigan.

Next, I always recommend SCORE, which is a free service from which you can obtain business assistance from a retired volunteer businessperson: http://www.score.org/findscore/chapter_maps.html

I also recommend checking for grants through universities in your husband's field. There may be people with their fingers on this type of information.

Next, do a very simple google search. To do a google search, go to http://www.google.com/. Enter the word "grants" and you will find all kinds of information on grants. You'll need to stick to your husband's field. Prepare to do a lot of paperwork.

Another idea is to get a local government agency and/or business to give your husband a couple of contracts, and use the money to get the business going (be sure to ALWAYS use written contracts for all work, or you'll need to write Just Answer again!).

Meanwhile, why do you say your husband is too old for an on-air radio personality job? Poppycock! I bet he has a beautiful voice. And he's protected by age discrimination laws!

 

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