it’s not only Wall Street fat cats or bad business dot com ventures that get venture capital money to fulfill their entrepreneurial dreams. There are over 100 such venture capital organizations now whose goal is to get money to entrepreneurs who want to help low-income or other disadvantaged with good jobs, good services or good products. Go through the list at http://www.cdvca.org/fund_profiles.html and see which ones you should apply to. Remember venture capital is money you don’t have to pay back but they get a piece of the action and you get a partner.
If you are starting a business with just yourself, that’s at least one job and you can apply to the government’s Certified Development Company 504 Program. You can also get millions if you create enough jobs. The money has to be used for real estate, equipment or other kinds of fixed assets. You can’t use it for working capital. Last year this program couldn’t give out all the money it had available. Don’t let that happen this year. Find your local 540 Program office at
You may read headlines in the newspaper about the government downsizing, but in fact the government hires about 400,000 a year no matter what the budget is. The average wage is about $45,000. Only about 20% of the jobs are in Washington, DC with the rest scattered throughout the world. This could be a great way to see the country or live overseas while supporting yourself with a stable government job. Contact the U.S. Office of Personal Management (OPM) USAJobs at 478-757-3000. for more information on the best place to start. You should also contact the local office of your Congressman. They can send you information and help you through the process.
if you live in a small town or want to live in a small town and want to be an entrepreneur. In it’s efforts to create jobs in small towns the government gives grants to local phone and electric utility companies who are to take that money and help entrepreneurs start or expand a business. The program is called Rural Economic Development Grants at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Find out who got this money in your area so you can get some.
The Able Trust give grants to non-profits and individuals who help people with disabilities get jobs including, including on-the-job coaching, supported employment, job skills-training, job development, employer outreach, ADA facility compliance, skills evaluation and programs leading to employment.
The government hires about 30,000 people a MONTH. And only about 2,000 of those are in Washington. The rest are all over the country and all over the world. Right now there are over 17,000 jobs available in their database. Good pay, great benefits and you could be doing fun stuff like working for NASA, investigating volcanoes, or supporting our troops overseas
in HONOLULU for the government. They are also hiring screeners in Dallas, Detroit, Florida, Las Vegas, Denver, Norfolk, New York, California, Ohio and others. The jobs are for airport screeners and you are eligible for health insurance, life insurance, retirement, paid annual vacation and sick leave. Do you get that at Wal Mart? Go to www.tsa.gov and then click on Employment,
to train for better jobs while their other half is serving our country. See if your area has this money by contacting your local one-stop labor information center at your state capitol.