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Having trouble securing a loan? There are other options, says FSB expert Michele Chambers Mills.

By Michele Chambers Mills
President, FunnelFusion

(FSB Online) -- Dear FSB: I am having trouble winning a business loan. Can you point me to any good resources to help minority business owners get started?

- Loody Delice, Owner, Delice Valet Services, Orlando, Fla.

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Dear Loody: There are several organizations that can help you get launched. Check out these links:

1. Small Business Administration:

2. U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program

3. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Minority Business Enterprise/Women's Business Enterprise

FSB's Ultimate Resource Guide also lists sources that can help you in your search.  Top of page

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