government business programs

Government Business Programs

Could hidden, but free publicly available, government business programs and resources help your business grow? Olalah Njengo says absolutely yes. Join host Hanna Hasl-Kelchner as she explores what Olalah is talking about and how you can tap this buried treasure trove for your own business growth and success.


  • The assumptions we make that blind us to the existence of no cost government business programs. 
  • How to find no cost government business programs to help your business in your state. 
  • The 4 key areas of business growth that determine where to look for the right government business programs. 
  • Why government business programs can help you make better decisions faster. 
  • The myth surrounding government workplace development initiatives and career centers. 
  • No cost government programs that can help offset the cost of onboarding new employees. 
  • How to keep from being blindsided and frustrated by burdensome new laws and regulations. 
  • And MUCH more.


Olalah Njenga

Olalah Njenga is an award-winning strategist who, as CEO of the YellowWood Group LLC, helps business owners and business leaders drive better business results faster.

Besides being a highly successful entrepreneur, Olalah also holds two appointments by the governor of North Carolina, both focused on representing the needs of small business owners.

She holds the small business seat on the Governor’s Advisory Council for Small & Historically Underutilized Businesses and is Chair of the Small Business Needs & Assessments Committee. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the NCWorks Commission and serves as the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. In these two roles she makes recommendations on policies and strategies to enable businesses and its workforce to compete in the global economy.

Olalah has shared her unique perspective about strategy, modern marketing and leadership to audiences across the United States. She has the distinction of being a Forbes Braintrust® Member and a featured small business expert for the Washington Post as well as a trusted resource for other major media outlets such as The New York Times, the BBC, NPR, Marketplace, and Fox News, among others.

What sets Olalah apart is her deep understanding of both sides of the desk. She gets business AND she has a very important seat at the policy making table that can help us cut through the red tape and figure out what’s going on that affects us.


Contact Olalah and connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter. Also check out her latest initiative for entrepreneurs: Grow and Win.

Here are Olalah’s suggested Internet search terms and links to organizations with information about no cost government business programs as well as pending legislation that may affect your small or mid-size business Olalah referenced during the interview.

US government business programs information:

Internet search string examples to help you find no cost services government business programs to grow small businesses in your specific state:

-economic development programs in [fill in your state name]

-economic development agencies in [fill in your state name]

-department of commerce in [fill in your state name]

-workforce development offices in [fill in your state name]

US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship to find out more about initiatives and proposed legislation affecting small business.

A Guide to State Chambers of Commerce to locate your state’s Chamber of Commerce (as compared to the local Chambers of Commerce you’re accustomed to).

Society of Human Resource Management legislative tracking system that lists pending state and federal legislation by topic of interest.

US Small Business Administration’s guide to grant money.

For North Carolina specific no cost services to help you start and grow your small business: Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.

European government business programs information:

Information on the Regional Growth Fund funding sources for European companies (at this time it’s unclear what impact BREXIT will have on this program).

European Small Business Portal with access to resources, services and support to start and grow European small businesses.


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