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While the federal government does not provide grants for starting or growing small businesses, one of the mechanisms in place to promote small business growth and economic development is the Community Development Financial Institution Fund managed by the US Department of the Treasury.
Community Development Financial Institutions fall into four categories:
Bank of Cherokee County, Inc.
Chickasaw Banc Holding Company
Fort Gibson State Bank
MetaFund Corporation f.k.a. Oklahoma MetaFund CDC
MetaMarkets OK, LLC.
Neighborhood Housing Services of Oklahoma City, Inc.
New Markets Redevelopment, LP
The Small Business Investment Companies Program revolves around the notion of developing privately owned and managed investment companies which will be licenses and regulated by the Small Business Administration, so as to provide equity capital, long term loans, and advisory services to small business requiring such services.
In line with this mission, the NIH has recently constituted the Small Business Innovation Research Phase IIB Bridge Awards to Accelerate the Development of Cancer Therapeutics, Imaging Technologies, Interventional Devices, Diagnostics, and Prognostics Toward Commercialization Program.