As we know, there aren’t any federal grants to start a new business and grants to existing businesses are extremely rare and very limited in their purpose. If you have an existing business, don’t waste your time looking for grants, go after public contracts. Governments at all levels—federal, state and local—buy hundreds of billions of dollars in goods and services every year. If you need help getting started, there are free resources available to you through Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (or PTACs). Their staff will walk you through the required federal registrations and they’ll show you how to search for, and bid on, public contracts. There’s at least one PTAC in every state and their services are free of charge. I recommend the Association of PTACs to find an office in your area.