Resources for New Businesses

Loans and Grants

PPP loan forgiveness program for small businesses. Borrowers may be eligible for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness. You can check the eligibility for loan forgiveness at the Small Business Administration's website

The U.S Small Business Administration’s (SBA) COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Applications are open for loans with borrowing limits of up to $2 million vs. the previous cap of $500,000. Visit to learn more about eligibility and application requirements. The last day that applications may be received is December 31, 2021. To check other Covid-19 relief programs, please visit SBA's website.

Applications open October 1 for $6 million in the second phase Comcast RISE small business funding. Businesses that have been in operation for three or more years in select counties of Miami, Florida; Oakland, California; Houston, Texas; Washington, D.C.; the Twin Cities, Minnesota; or Seattle, Washington, and who employ 25 people or less, are eligible to apply.

SBA's Restaurant Revitalization Funds are still available for restaurant owners. 

Business & HR Tips

Four ways to protect your intellectual property for keeping it safe (by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce).

Talent Recruiters' Insider Tips for Finding Talent in a Tough Hiring Market (by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce). 

How to get more funding for your business (by SBA). 

How to find new customers (by U.S. Chamber of Commerce).

What Business Should I Start? 6 Factors to Help you Decide (from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce). 

How to Start an eBay Store: A Guide for New Sellers (from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce).

10 E-commerce Business Ideas (from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce).

International Trade Administration offers country-specific commercial guides for those who are thinking to export. Also, the International Business office of DC Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development has many resources for those who do international business.

How to open a franchise - tips from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 


SBA offers free Trade Tools for international sales. 

If you are planning to open a website for your business, consider a Free domain, website builder, and hosting services from Galaxy Sites.

If you need a business plan, consider using free business plan templates.

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