Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

Three phased federal funding programs specifically for small businesses to perform R&D needed by the participating agencies.

Enterprise Florida SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Grant Program

Provides grants of up to $3000 to support preparation of a Phase I SBIR or STTR proposal.

SBA 504 Loan Program

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved loan program designed to help owners of small and mid-size businesses purchase commercial real estate.

Mercantile Capital Corporation

Headquartered in Orlando and exclusively focuses on providing SBA 504 loans for business owners to finance commercial property.

Government Funding

These programs and resources are available for companies to apply for and receive government funding as a source of capital for business.

Other Government Grants

Other government grants come from local, state and federal agencies that spend billions of dollars each year for procurement, research and consultant services. Startup companies may wish to partners with a larger company and serve as a subcontractor or pursue small business set aside contract/grant opportunities. 

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Additional Financing Sources

Companies at every stage have numerous resources available to finance their business, from government funding to regional matching grants to bonds. Both Florida and Orlando are also home to venture capitalists, angel investors as well as commercial banks.

Matching Grants

Grants support industry-university research projects and SBIR/STTR awards in which one of the three participating universities is a partner.