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While the federal government does not provide grants for starting or growing small businesses, one of the mechanisms in place to promote small business growth and economic development is the Community Development Financial Institution Fund managed by the US Department of the Treasury.
Community Development Financial Institutions fall into four categories:
Baltimore Community Lending, Inc.
CDF Development, LLC
Charter Facilities Funding, LLC
Community Capitol of Maryland, Inc.
Community Development Ventures, Inc.
Development Credit Fund, Inc. (DCF)
Enterprise Foundation Inc., The
ESIC New Markets Partners, LP
Faith Fund, Inc.
First Combined Community Federal Credit Union
Harbor Bank of Maryland
Harbor Bankshares Corporation
Maryland Capital Enterprises, Inc.
Mid-City Community CDE, LLC
Native American Capital, LP (NAC)
Urban Research Park CDE, LLC
In line with this mission, the NIH has recently constituted the Small Business Innovation Research Phase IIB Bridge Awards to Accelerate the Development of Cancer Therapeutics, Imaging Technologies, Interventional Devices, Diagnostics, and Prognostics Toward Commercialization Program.
The Value-Added Producer Grants program is geared towards helping the Independent Producers of Agricultural Commodities, Agriculture Producer Groups, Farmer and Rancher Cooperatives, and Majority-Controlled Producer-Based Business Ventures in developing techniques that would create marketing opportunities and establish business plans involving viable marketing opportunities that involve the production of bio-based products from agricultural commodities.