Entrepreneurial Assistance (U.S. Government Accounting Office)

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Energize your Enterprise for Profit and Growth

Testimony before the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, U.S. Senate. Released 3/29/2012.


This summary reviews the missions and related program information for 53 federal programs designed to help entrepreneurs. The programs fall into three categories: (1) technical assistance, (2) financial assistance, and (3) government contracts. Many of the programs provide assistance in more than one area.

Programs reviewed in this summary provide almost $5.6 billion in assistance and are administered by four federal agencies: Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Small Business Administration.

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