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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:
New Hampshire New Market Investment Co., LLC
Northern Community Investment Corporation
Opportunities Credit Union
RNA Community Builders, Inc.
Rutland West Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.
Vermont Community Loan Fund, Inc.
Vermont Development Ventures Inc.
Vermont Rural Ventures, Inc.
The government has launched innumerable programs that are all geared towards the achievement of this goal. Some of these programs involve the provision of technical assistance, training sessions, and strategies that would potentially help business owners in marketing their products and in expanding their businesses.
The Small Business Administration was established in 1953. Since that time the agency has dispensed millions of dollars in loans and loan guarantees, contracts, consulting assistance and other programs for small business across the United States.