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ENTREPRENEURSHIP: FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

Business Advisor
http://business.usa.gov/
Blue Triangle BulletBusiness.gov, the official business link to the U.S. Government, is managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in a partnership with 21 other federal agencies. This partnership, known as Business Gateway, is a Presidential E-government initiative that provides a single access point to government services and information to help the nation's businesses with their operations.
Center For Veterans Enterprise
Department of Veterans Affairs
http://www.vetbiz.gov/
Blue Triangle BulletOur mission in CVE is to improve the business climate for veterans, to minimize access barriers and to inform the public about the benefits of working with veteran-owned small businesses. Visit the website to find a VA office near you.
Department of Agriculture: Small Business Opportunities
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
AG STOP 9501, Room 1085, South Building
1400 Independence Avenue, SW.
Washington, DC 20250-9501
Direct: (202)720-7117
Fax: (202)720-3001
http://www.usda.gov/da/smallbus
Blue Triangle BulletThe Mission: to provide maximum opportunities for small businesses to participate in USDA contracting activities. Includes information on contract opportunities, business support programs, various loan programs, marketing information, and other useful links.
Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20230
Direct: (202)482-2000
webmaster@doc.gov
http://www.commerce.gov
Blue Triangle BulletProvides a wide range of information concerning economic and business development issues.
Department of Transportation: Doing Business with DOT

http://www.dot.gov/business.html
Blue Triangle BulletThe DOT Senior Procurement Executive has created this site with consolidated links to help you find the information you need to keep you informed about business opportunities at DOT.
Disability.gov

disability@dol.gov
http://www.disability.gov
Blue Triangle BulletDisability.gov is a comprehensive online resource designed to provide people with disabilities with the information they need to know quickly and easily. With just a few clicks, the site provides access to disability-related information and programs available across the government on numerous subjects, including civil rights, education, employment, housing, health, income support, technology, transportation and independent living.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

http://osdbu.dot.gov/DBEProgram/index.cfm
Blue Triangle BulletThe main objectives of the DBE Program are to ensure that small disadvantaged business enterprises ( DBE) can compete fairly for federally funded transportation-related projects, to ensure that only eligible firms participate as DBEs, and to assist DBE firms in competing outside the DBE Program.
Federal Business Opportunities

http://www.fbo.gov
Blue Triangle BulletThrough this single point of entry, commercial vendors and government buyers are invited to post, search, monitor, and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire Federal contracting community.
Federal Trade Commission, Business Guidance

http://www.ftc.gov/bc/
Blue Triangle BulletIncludes a Business Guide which links to resources on trade, antitrust issues, international agreements and a wide range of related issues.
Historically Underutilized Business Zone
Small Business Administrations

http://eweb1.sba.gov/hubzone/internet/index.cfm
Blue Triangle BulletThe HUBZone Empowerment Contracting program provides federal contracting opportunities for qualified small businesses located in distressed areas. Fostering the growth of these federal contractors as viable businesses, for the long term, helps to empower communities, create jobs, and attract private investment.
Housing and Urban Development
US Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street S.W.
Washington, DC
Direct: (202)708-1112
TTY: (202)708-1455
http://www.hud.gov
Blue Triangle BulletHUD's Property Improvement Loan Insurance: The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) makes it easier for consumers to obtain affordable home improvement loans by insuring loans made by private lenders to improve properties that meet certain requirements. HUD's Rehabilitation Mortgage Insurance: Section 203(k) insurance enables homebuyers and homeowners to finance both the purchase (or refinancing) of a house and the cost of its rehabilitation through a single mortgage - or to finance the rehabilitation of their existing home.
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue
Washington, DC 20210
Toll Free: (800)321-OSHA
TTY: (877)889-5627
http://www.osha.gov
Blue Triangle BulletThe mission of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is to save lives, prevent injuries, and protect the health of America's workers. To accomplish this, federal and state governments must work in partnership with the more than 100 million working men and women and their six and a half million employers who are covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.
Office of Personnel Management, Federal Employment of People with Disabilities
1900 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20415
Direct: (202)606-1800
TTY: (202)606-2532
http://www.opm.gov/disability/
Blue Triangle BulletThis site helps users with or without disabilities, better understand how to hire and retain persons with disabilities.
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Room C-2318
Washington, DC 20210
Toll Free: (866)487-2365
http://www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/osdbu/
Blue Triangle BulletThe Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) administers the Department of Labor's responsibility to ensure procurement opportunities for small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, women-owned small businesses, HUBZone businesses, and businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. OSDBU serves as the Department's Ombudsman for small businesses under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA). The resource center provides information regarding rules and regulations that the Department administers.
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Mail Code: 655 15th Street/6099
Washington, DC 20220
Direct: (202)622-0530
Fax: (202)927-4963
http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sb-programs/Small-Disadvantaged-Business/Pages/Small-and-Dis
Blue Triangle BulletThe Department of the Treasury's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) assists, counsels, and advises small businesses of all types (small businesses, small disadvantaged business, women-owned small businesses, veteran owned small businesses, service disabled veteran owned small businesses, and small businesses located in historically underutilized business zones) on procedures for contracting with Treasury.
Small Business Assistance for Veterans & National Guard
1175 Herndon Pkwy., Suite 900
Herndon, VA 20170
Toll Free: (800)634-0245
Direct: (703)487-3612
Fax: (703)487-3066
http://www.score.org/veteran.html
Blue Triangle BulletAmerica's service men and women can benefit from small business resources specifically for veteran, National Guard and reservist small business owners. SCORE has compiled a team of volunteer counselors with special expertise in helping this segment of entrepreneurs. Visit our Web site for more information on counseling, loans available to reservists, resources, stats and research.
Small Business and Self-Employed One-Stop Resource
Internal Revenue Service

http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/index.html
Blue Triangle BulletResources on a variety of topics for small business owners.
Small Employers and Reasonable Accommodation
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/accommodation.html
Blue Triangle BulletEEOC publication about reasonable accommodation and small employers.
Start-Up USA
1314 West Main Street
Richmond, VA 23284-2011
Direct: (804)828-1851
TTY: (804)828-2494
Fax: (804)828-2193
tcblanke@vcu.edu
http://www.start-up-usa.biz
Blue Triangle BulletSelf-Employment Technical Assistance, Resources, & Training (START-UP / USA) is a partnership between Virginia Commonwealth University and Griffin-Hammis and Associates, LLC. START-UP / USA is funded by a cooperative agreement #E-9-4-6-011 from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).
USA.gov, Business Gateway

http://www.usa.gov/Business/Business_Gateway.shtml
Blue Triangle BulletAn extensive portal for information on services and information available for workers and businesses in America.
Women With Disabilities Entrepreneurship Project
Women's Bureau
200 Constitution Ave, NW
Room S-3002
Washington, DC 20210
Toll Free: (800)827-5335
Direct: (202)693-6710
Fax: (202)693-6725
http://www.dol.gov/wb/media/newsletter/e-news10artl-04.htm
Blue Triangle BulletThe Women with Disabilities Entrepreneurship Project is currently working with contractors in four regions to recruit, screen, and refer women with disabilities to organizations that provide entrepreneurial training and supplemental life skills training.

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