Utah is home to some of the most visually stunning landscapes and natural geological formations in the United States. Economically the state is diverse, with education, information technology, transportation and tourism all being major contributors to the GSP. Approximately 60 percent of all Utah residents are members of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as Mormons, giving the state a distinct culture. In this research brief we will review some of the local, state and federal programs and resources that are available to help businesses based in Utah succeed.
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Located in the heart of Appalachia, Tennessee is home to the storied cities of Memphis and Nashville and bridges the cultures of the American North and South. The state’s modern economy is focused on the agricultural and manufacturing sectors, with major exports in equipment and chemical products contributing to Tennessee’s GSP. There are many opportunities for third-party vendors to sell products and services to government agencies in Tennessee at the local, state and federal level. In this research brief we will take a look at some of the state-level grant and resource programs available for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Located on the East coast of the U.S. and nestled between Washington, D.C. and North Carolina, Virginia was the first colony established by the British in America and plays an important role in the national economy today. The state has been the birthplace of more U.S. Presidents than any other; it is also home to some of the country’s most important national security institutions, including the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense. Accordingly, vendors in the area can find many contract opportunities with the government: around 12% of all federal procurement dollars are spent in Virginia. In this research brief, we will look at some of the grant, funding and resource programs available to businesses based in Virginia.
For many, Hawaii is the closest thing to paradise that the U.S. has to offer. The state’s hundreds of islands are located in a remote area of the Pacific Ocean and are renowned for their lush natural landscapes, vegetation and volcanoes. The indigenous people of the Hawaiian Islands carry on cultural traditions that have endured for millennia, giving Hawaii a unique and enduring mythology as part of the greater American culture. Tourism is the strongest economic driver for the state, but agricultural exports also are a major contributor to the Hawaiian GSP. In this research brief we will explore the many resources available for small businesses in Hawaii, including grant and financing programs, support for worker training initiatives and much more.
Always a focus of national attention in election years, Ohio is one of the original seats of industry in the United States, straddling Lake Erie and neighbor to Michigan, Indiana and Pennsylvania. The Buckeye State is home to a number of major cities, including Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo and Akron, and strong economic drivers include manufacturing and financial services. In recent years, Ohio has been identified as one of the most business-friendly areas in the U.S., prompting renewed interest in the state as a destination for new and established businesses. In this research brief we will review some of the state grant, financing and business support programs available to entrepreneurs and business owners based in Ohio.
Montana is one of the least-populated states in America but boasts a robust economy that leverages the strengths of the region: agriculture, mining and tourism are all strong economic drivers for the state. Montana is also home to many of the most popular tourist attractions in the U.S., including Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. Benefitting from an incredible natural landscape and a border shared with three Canadian provinces, Montana provides many potential business opportunities for entrepreneurs and established companies alike. In this research brief we will review some of the state grant, financing and resource programs available for small businesses based in Montana.