Thursday, May 24, 2007

Local Colleges Get Money to Fix Up Your Home

Called the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program and referred to as Program #14.520 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, this program assists Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities, including neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development consistent with the purposes of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The HBCU program also encourages greater citizen participation in the local/neighborhood planning process and, ultimately, in development of their localities' and States' Consolidated Plan for submission to HUD. Contact: Ophelia Wilson, Office of University Partnerships, Office of Policy Development and Research, Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 708-3061, extension 4390. FAX (202) 708-0309.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Low Cost Flood Insurance

Called Flood Insurance and referred to as Program #97,022 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, this program allows persons to purchase insurance against physical damage to or loss of buildings and/or contents therein caused by floods, mudslide (i.e., mudflow), or flood-related erosion, thereby reducing Federal disaster assistance payments, and to promote wise floodplain management practices in the Nation's flood-prone and mudflow- prone areas. Contact Department of Homeland Security 245 Murray Drive, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20528 202-282-8000

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Venture Capital

Some people consider this money from angels, but they are known in the business world as venture capitalists. These are individuals, government-sponsored organizations or private organizations who invest in your business because it is a good idea. These people also want to own a percentage of your business. So they really become your partner. But remember, the point is you want to get your business going. Who cares if you have a partner? If a partner is going to make it happen, it is better than sitting at home with no business at all. The federal government has two major venture capital programs. You can go to these web sites to get a list of government sponsored angels to contact: Venture Capital for Small Businessand Venture Capital For Low Income. But you can't stop there. There are thousands of other private and public venture capitalists who help small businesses. A good starting place for locating these people is a good reference librarian at your public library.

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