Small-Business Grants: Where to Find Free Money

This article  is written by Jackie Zimmermann and originally appeared on NerdWallet and is shared with with permission. They say there’s no such thing as a free ride. In the world of small-business grants, you’ll pay your dues by searching websites, clicking out-of-date links, or struggling with government databases before finding a grant that suits your business goals.…

Resource for your business: Pacific Community Ventures

At Main Street Launch, our innovative partnerships enable us to provide small business owners with the capital, education, and relationships that allow them to thrive.  One partner that supports this goal is Pacific Community Ventures.   Pacific Community Ventures (PCV) is a nonprofit that engages small businesses, investors and policymakers to build an economy that…

The Benefits of Veteran & Disabled Veteran Business Certifications

This piece was based on VetLikeMe’s April 14 blog post.  Click here to read that piece.   Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) certification can qualify your business for different benefits and better bidding positions for federal contracts.  In 2016, the federal government spent $472 billion.  Of that, $114 billion had…

Business Structure: How to Choose the Right One for You

This article  is written by Andrew L. Wang and originally appeared on NerdWallet and is shared with with permission. Designing a killer website, prototyping your product, talking your way to your first big order — these parts of starting your business likely stir your entrepreneurial passions. The business structure of your new enterprise? Not so exciting. But…

Your Small Business Should Have Its Own Credit Score

This article  is written by Heather Castle and originally appeared on NerdWallet and is shared with with permission.   By Heather Castle, CFP Learn more about Heather on NerdWallet’s Ask an Advisor Many people understand the importance of their personal credit score. Most lenders use them to determine who will receive financing opportunities — such as auto…