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Where can I get a grant to start my business?

I have a great idea for a retail shoe store. I don't have the funds to start it up. I heard about grant money for starting a business, but every site I've gone to wants some startup fee and then they help write the grants. I need advice on which companies are credible and how I should approach this.
Tim Berry answered August 7, 2007
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/answer/220922
My honest opinion is that you have very little chance of getting a grant to start a shoe store no matter how good the idea. Grants are offered by governments and foundations and they have social purpose. You probably heard about grant money from companies who make a business of getting people to pay them for information about grants.

Think about finding partners, investors, people who share your interest and have resources, and are also people you can trust. That's a hard one I know, but more likely than finding somebody who will just give you money. 

Call your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC), chamber of commerce, or community college, and ask them for help, classes, or recommendations.

Tim
Tim Berry is the chairman of Eugene, Ore.-Palo Alto Software, which produces business-planning software,
He founded Bplans.com and wrote The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan, published by Entrepreneur Press. Berry is also a co-founder of HavePresence.com, a leader in a local angel-investment group and a judge of international business-plan competitions.