Thursday, January 24, 2008

Another State Grant Program For Start Up Businesses

Here is yet another state grant program providing grant money for a start-up business(es).

The govenor of one state announced a package of tax breaks and other incentives to encourage start-up businesses in that state.

The package will include additional state money for technology grants and loans and additional tax benefits for investors in start-up companies.

This funding package is intended to build on the state's economic growth and to shore up the state's manufacturing base and to promote high-tech businesses. The original funding program initiative leveraged more than $260 million in the state since 2003, as well as increasing so-called "angel" investments in start-up businesses by more than 50 percent in the past two years.

The program was put in place so that the state can move from a traditional manufacturing economy into a "knowledge-driven economy" of highly skilled, well-educated, and highly paid workers.

The package includes:

  • Adding $5 million in tax credits annually which will leverage over $400 million in private investments in the state by 2015.

  • Raising the tax credits available to so-called "angel" investors from $1 million to $4 million per start-up company.

  • Providing an additional $5 million annually to the grant and loan program to provide seed money and bridge loans for start-up companies and small businesses.

  • Raising the exclusion on state capital gains taxes up to $10 million for individuals, partners, and limited liability companies if the taxpayers reinvest all of their funds into companies that are in the state.

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