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QA I'm looking to grow my real estate business, and I'm interested in government grants available to black-and minority-owned businesses. I've reached out to SCORE, but do you have any other suggestions?

--D. Thompson, New York Thompson is a town in Sullivan County, New York, United States. The population was 14,189 at the 2000 census. The town is named after William Thompson, an early settler.

The Town of Thompson is in the southeast part of the county.

Start your search locally. State and local governments are a great source for providing money to area small businesses. Check out, which lists organizations by state and by industry.

Also, some organizations offer microlending mi·cro·lend·ing  
See microcredit.
 and development courses, as well as guidance to small-business owners. ACCION ACCION Americans for Community Co-operation in Other Nations  USA (www.accionusa. org) is national, and Project Enterprise ( assists New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 area businesses. Both provide small loans with considerate con·sid·er·ate  
1. Having or marked by regard for the needs or feelings of others. See Synonyms at thoughtful.

2. Characterized by careful thought; deliberate.
 repayment terms to those unable to access traditional financing. An added benefit is that you are linked into the network of other small businesses involved in the program. Another helpful Website is the Minority Business Development Agency ( There, you'll find info on both loans and grants. Locally, check out the Empire State Development Division for Small Business Website (www.nyloves Also, read instant Profit: Successful Strategies to Boost Your Margin and Increase the Profitability of Your Business by Bradley J. Sugars (McGrawHill; $16.95)

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Publication:Black Enterprise
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