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Small Business Resource Center of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

One of the biggest hurdles when opening your small business is getting financing. Spending your own savings can seem disconcerting, but there are other ways to finance your business. Here we have gathered some of the books we have in the Small Business Resource collection and also a few links to get you started with borrowing money, finding investors and getting grants. We have also included information pertaining to other small business money matters, such as accounting.

*All books listed are located at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center. Please contact Darcia Scates at or call 954-357-6227 (Reference Desk) to place the item on hold.


The “How To” Grants Manual: Successful Grantseeking Techniques for Obtaining Public and Private GrantsThe “How To” Grants Manual: Successful Grantseeking Techniques for Obtaining Public and Private Grants
Author: David Bauer
Call number: 658.15224 BA 2010
Description: One of our numerous books on grantseeking and writing, this includes worksheets to summarize the process and focus the reader's ideas. More...
Grant Writing For DummiesGrant Writing For Dummies
Author: Beverly Browning
Call number: 658.15224 BR 2009
Description: A well-organized guide that walks you through the often complex undertaking of researching, writing and submitting proposals. More...

E-Z BookkeepingE-Z Bookkeeping
Author: Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Call number: 657.2 FI 2010
Description: A great introduction to bookkeeping for your business. More...

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Finance for Small Business OwnersThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Finance for Small Business Owners
Author: Ken Little
Call number: 658.1592 LI 2006  
Description: A guide for potential and current small business owners on the tactics that can improve long-term financial success. Includes section on new ideas for financing growth. More...

2005 Essential Guide to Grant Writing and Federal Grants2005 Essential Guide to Grant Writing and Federal Grants
Compiled by: Robert Salmon
Call number: 658.15224 TW 2005
Description: Includes a listing of government agencies that are responsible for administering grants, the types of assistance available, eligibility; grant writing help. More...

Suggested Links

ACCION USA is a microfinance organization, which means they offer small flexible loans to entrepreneurs that have limited access to traditional forms of credit.

Brooklyn Public Library's How Do I Find Financing for My Small Business?
Detailed guide on the types of loans available for small businesses, where to look for investors and the steps to take before you seek funding.'s Money
Articles on venture capital, nonprofit fundraising, getting SBA loans, money management and much more.

Kiva Microloans
Another microfinancing company. The majority of their microloans go to women, but many other minority groups also benefit.

The Facts About Small Business Grants!!!
Straight from the source, this site from Business.Gov attempts to separate myth from reality in regards to government grants.

U.S. Small Business Administration's Special Programs
The government has special programs to offer assistance to socially and economically disadvantaged businesses, helping them compete in the Federal contracting domain and other opportunities which might not be directly with the government.

The SBA also has a HUBZone program. The Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program is designed to promote growth in stagnant areas by clearing the way for more Federal contracting opportunities. Parts of Broward County are located in a HUBZone.

Visit their site to learn more about these special programs and to see if you qualify.

U.S. Small Business Administration's Loan Programs
SBA offers a variety of loan programs for specific purposes. Take a look at the programs listed on this site, to see if you qualify.


Note: These are only some of the library's books on money matters. To find others, do a keyword search using the subjects “grants” ,“business loans” or “bookkeeping”, among others. You can narrow your search results by location in the top left corner.

Please e-mail for any questions or call 954-357-6227 (Reference Desk). We are here to help!