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- Small Business Administration (SBA):This independent government agency helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.
- Women’s Business Centers: This a national network of over 100 educational centers throughout the U.S. and its territories assist women in starting and growing small businesses and seek to “level the playing field” for women entrepreneurs.
- South Carolina Small Business Development Center: Offer free seminars, resources and counseling that will jump start your startup or help your small business thrive.
- Women’s Business Center of South Carolina: Located on the campus of Columbia College, the WBC assists women business leaders throughout the state, holds and offers weekly programs, regional networking events, and locally hosted opportunities for engagement.
- One Million Cups: 1 Million Cups works with entrepreneurs, empowering them with the tools and resources to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses. And it’s FREE!
- BNI (Business Network International):Through weekly meetings and exclusive resources, BNI helps you build a strong network that fuels professional growth.
- Dream Pray Launch/Mastermind:An online community for aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs who want to connect with others who believe in running their business with prayer and execution.
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- Small-Business Grants for Women: 10 Go-to Spots: A list of resources for finding business grants for women entrepreneurs.
- Business Grants for Veterans: Veteran-owned small businesses are on the rise and there are small-business grants, loans and other financing resources for veterans available.
- Business Grants for Minorities: Minority business owners often face challenges when starting or expanding a small business.
- Business Tax Information: Understanding your federal, state, and local tax requirements will help you file your taxes accurately and make payments on time. Your business structure will determine what taxes you must pay and how you pay them.
- Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): This part of the U.S. Department of Education is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. This amazingly user-friendly site has all the answers to all your questions regarding financial aid. And even better, a friendly knowledgeable human will answer the phone if you call.
- U.S. Department of Education: Information and links to even more information regarding college, loans, grants, scholarships and school accreditation.
- School and College Search:The National Center for Education Statistics’ tool for finding a school that fits your needs.
- 11 Reasons to get a Master’s Degree: If one or more of your reasons for thinking about getting a master’s degree is listed here, you’re probably a good candidate for a master’s program.