Starting a new business is often exciting, but new business ventures are often filled with unexpected expenses and setbacks. Without guidance or financial assistance, many new business startups have difficulty succeeding. Several foundations have been established to help business startups succeed, providing essential financial, legal and organizational assistance to these businesses when it is needed most.
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation focuses its efforts on educating entrepreneurs and business leaders, giving them the knowledge they need to succeed in the business world. The foundation started Global Entrepreneurship Week, and in 2010 established a grant to provide additional funding for the 54-hour Startup Weekend event that is part of the week's activities. The foundation also works with entrepreneurs in other ways, helping to build communities and encourage innovative ideas in startups and business models.
SCORE is a nonprofit association with a focus on providing advice to entrepreneurs and business leaders. The organization is easily accessible online, but also has 330 offices in the United States to meet with business owners and entrepreneurs face-to-face. The focus of SCORE is on small business, helping small businesses to succeed in the startup phase and continuing to advise them as they grow.