Q: I am interested in trying to own my own business but don’t want to use loans. What types of grants are out there and how do I get my hands on them?
A: We asked small business expert Melinda Emerson, author of Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months to answer this question:
“It’s a good thing you don’t want to use loans to get your business started because banks do not lend money typically to start-up businesses. You need to be in business for two to three years to qualify for even a line of credit. Unless you win a business plan contest or inventors competition for the most part there’s no such thing as finding a grant to start a business.