According to the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), there are a number of government programs available to assist startup operations, micro businesses and underserved or disadvantaged groups.

The SBA put together the following resources, and link site provides information to help specialized audiences start their own businesses. Whether you are starting an environmentally-friendly car care operation or are a self-employment mobile detail operation, the SBA has a landing page addressing a number of unique situations.

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Click the links below for specialized content focusing on these specific circumstances.

  1. Environmentally-friendly "green" business
  2. Home-based business
  3. Self employment
  4. Minority owned business
  5. Veteran owned business
  6. Woman owned business

Finally, a business owner can save money when starting or expanding a business by utilizing government surplus. Items available vary from big-ticket items like commercial real estate and cars to smaller purchases like furniture, computers and office equipment. Here, new business owners can find items they may need for a business at a discounted rate.