I am interested in learning about legitimate grants for small businesses (or women owned businesses) to help with start-up costs for equipment (computers, fax machine, printer, etc.) and advertising. I have a business plan, Tax ID Number and all of the basics completed, however, I need help with additional funding without having to take out a loan until I gain clients. Any information is appreciated.

There are no grants to start a business. You can apply for government loans though, http://www.sba.gov has information for small business loans.