Book Reviews of Free Money® from the Federal Government for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Free Money® from the Federal Government for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs
Free Money from the Federal Government for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs
Author: Laurie Blum
ISBN-13: 9780471130093
ISBN-10: 0471130095
Publication Date: 1/1996
Pages: 358
Rating:
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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2 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Wiley
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Free Money® from the Federal Government for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs on + 30 more book reviews
Helpful for certain types of free money. My rural business couldn't find a grant however, there are many listed that may help you for free.
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I haven't read the book, but I looked it up on Amazon and 13 people gave it 1 star. Here's one very helpful review:

"The bulk of the programs listed in the book are LOAN programs. I don't think loans are a source of free money. Do you? The author never explains why these are sources of free money.

Usually, when I find a misleading title, I still find a mostly worthwhile book underneath. This book is the exception. Almost all of the programs listed come from either the Small Business Administration, the Agriculture Department, or Housing and Urban Development. Each of these organizations will help you over the telephone or send you material on the programs they make available. Web sites are also available.

Why, then, is the book so thick? That's because it lists the same agencies at the same address over . . . and over . . . and over . . . and over. You get the idea. Properly organized, this book could have been condensed to about 20 percent of its size, and would have been easier to use. That would have reduced the costs to the readers and the profits to the publisher and author. Can't have that, can we?

Let's look at the next problem. This book was published in this edition in 1996. There's been a lot of change in government programs since then. So undoubtedly, a lot of this information is out of date. A book like this should be updated at least every two years.

Finally, once you find out who to talk to or write to, what do you do? The book claims to help you design your application and use your grant properly. I found the material on that subject to be very brief and general. Few would find it adequate to succeed in even getting an SBA loan. Lengthy books are written on that subject alone!

If you want to get help from these agencies, find someone who has experience with them to help you (like your banker, attorney, accountant or neighbor). Even if you need to call information in your state to get the telephone number of the relevant governmental agency, that will still cost a lot less than this book. "