Is there a charge for these services?
Answer: No, Galaxy of Stars offers most of its services completely FREE. If you would like access to more advanced tools to jump start your business, you can join Galaxy Plus and get access to even more resources for a low monthly fee!
How can so much of this be free?
Answer: All of the free services are provided by Hidden Star, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that helps minority and women entrepreneurs nationwide.
Who is eligible?
Answer: All minority and women entrepreneurs and business owners living in the United States are eligible to use these free services.
Where do I start? I want to start a company but this is all very confusing.
Answer: Yes, there is a lot here, but it gets easier. We suggest that you start here, for a list on how to get started and get the most out of our great services and tools.
How can I talk to an expert to get help on my specific situation?
Answer: Just fill out the contact form on our Talk to an Expert page and one of our coordinators will set it up. Free.
Will you sell my name, email or other information?
Answer: No. We are committed to protecting your privacy and will never sell your information to a third party.
How long does it take to build a free website?
Answer: More complex sites will take longer, but the average time to build a new site using the Galaxy website builder is 45 minutes and has been done as quickly as 20 minutes.
Are Galaxy Directory and Galaxy Sites (free websites) part of Galaxy of Stars?
Answer: Yes. Both of those are provided by Galaxy of Stars and are accessible from this website; but both are also their own websites for simplicity sake.
What are the benefits of listing my company in the Galaxy Directory?
Answer: There are many benefits to listing your company. First, unlike many other directories, ours is completely free. Second, it is growing to be the largest directory of minority businesses and it will attract millions of new potential customers looking to buy from a minority owned business. Galaxy promotes this with significant advertising across the digital platforms. Third, having a huge website like Galaxy Directory link to your website can provide dramatic improvements in your search engine results (SEO); allowing many more people searching Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other search engines to find YOU. We believe this SEO benefit can amount to several hundred dollars in free SEO improvement to you.
What is the reason / story behind Galaxy of Stars?
Answer: Galaxy was created after Hidden Star had worked with thousands of minority and women entrepreneurs and had analyzed many of the common problems they faced. The four biggest challenges found were: 1. minority entrepreneurs feel alone on their journey and want and need a safe way to interact with others in the same situation, 2. they don’t have a lot of money to spend starting a company, 3. they need resources and help from people they can trust to not take advantage of them, and 4. they want and need more revenue.
This Galaxy website has free services and resources that address and help with all four of those issues. It is unlikely you will use all of them, but almost certainly there is something here that can help you.
How can I hear about new Galaxy Grants for minority and women owned businesses?
Answer: If you open an account with us, we will send you an email each time we open a new grant opportunity. In addition we will post it on our social media accounts. You can also check back to this page to see current grants.