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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Washington D.C. Bank Offering Five Grants Totaling $80,000 for New Small Businesses

Industrial Bank in Washington, D.C., is not only one of the oldest and largest community development financial institutions in the nation but the last African-American-owned bank in Greater Washington. As they celebrate 34 years in business, they want to do what they do best -- help small business.

Celebrating business by giving grants

The bank has a history of helping small business owners and people who are underserved. So, what better way to build on that reputation than to offer grants to new small businesses in the area. Applicants must be existing entrepreneurial enterprises who are located within the bank's service areas. This includes Washington DC, Prince Georges County MD, Montgomery County, Fairfax County VA, the City of Arlington VA and the city of Alexandria VA.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nine Small Businesses Receive EPA Grants Totaling $3 Million For Their Work in Technology

If you are an entrepreneur and have an idea utilizing technology that will improve the environment, check out the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Grant Program. Each year, the EPA rewards small businesses for their work in technology that helps the environment.

Recent grants awarded

Grants are awarded for projects that will result in clean water, clean air, waste recycling and a number of initiatives, all of which make a significant difference in the environment. The grants are part of the Small Business Innovation Research program, run by the EPA to encourage small businesses to develop new technology that helps clean the environment.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Ford Foundation Grants

Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation awards grants to organizations whose work helps to reduce poverty and injustice and promote human achievement. Eligible organizations must be involved in charitable, educational or scientific programs designed to bring social change.

Organizations may be dedicated to benefiting a geographic area within the U.S. or result in global benefits. In addition, grant consideration is given to organizations whose work directly improves the lives of women and other disadvantaged groups.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

NEIdeas Grant Winners Announced in Detroit and Southeast Michigan

From barber shops to coffee shops, print shops and beauty salons, the winners of the New Economy Initiative, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. NEIdeas Grant contest for small business owners has been announced. Thirty Detroit area small businesses each won $10,000 business grants to expand their businesses.

32 happy winners!

Thirty businesses each received grants of $10,000 each, and two businesses each received grants of $100,000. The grant program was started by Detroit government, development and charitable leaders who believe in the importance of small businesses in their community. They believe that through the grant program, it will not only boost small businesses in the city but within the two surrounding communities it surrounds.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Canon Helps Small Businesses By Offering Affordable Office Equipment -- Like Money in the Bank!

One of the biggest expenses for small businesses, either just starting out or expanding, is buying equipment. According to research experts at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, start-up costs average around $30,000. But Canon, who specializes in the manufacture of photocopiers and computer printers, as well as cameras, camcorders and medical equipment, may have found a solution.

Low-end printing solutions for small businesses

Canon has introduced a new line of inexpensive equipment called Maxify. Their new line of Maxify inkjet printers includes five models that range in price from $150 to $400--very affordable. According to Canon, they are "designed to deliver high speed, high yield, and laser-quality prints." The equipment was developed to specifically serve the needs of small or home-based businesses of 10 people.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

National Funding Gets It When it Comes to What American Small Businesses Need

Most small business owners face a daunting task when it comes to capital funding to start or grow their businesses. They need loans to grow their business, but they also need to establish good lines of credit in order to get the loans. Banks have tightened their lending restrictions and often will not qualify small businesses for loans. So, what is a small business owner to do?

Not all lenders are the same

Lenders who specialize in helping small businesses understand. They offer less restrictions than traditional large banks and are considered alternate funding sources. One of those lenders is National Funding, a San Diego, California-based lender who specializes in financial services for small and medium businesses. In a recent interview with Forbes Magazine, Founder and CEO David Gilbert commented on the current state of lending to small businesses and how his company fills an important gap for small business owners. Here are a few points from the interview.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Toshiba America Foundation Grants

Toshiba America Foundation offers grants to teachers or groups of teachers who develop innovative projects that teach mathematics and science in the classroom. The projects must be designed by teachers and used in their own schools.

Teachers at public or non-profit schools may apply. Grants range from $1,000 - $5,000. Grants for teachers in grades K-5 can be submitted each year by October 1st. Grants for teachers in grades 6-12 who are requesting up to $5,000 may be submitted at any time during the year. Grants for teachers in grades 6-12 who are requesting more than $5,000 may be submitted twice a year on August 1st and February 1st.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Funds Available to Help Detroit Entrepreneurs


Invest Detroit is one of many programs that support Detroit small business development and entrepreneurship. But many small business owners in the Detroit area are not aware of all the various types of programs available or how to apply for funding.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ronald McDonald House Charities Global Grants

Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities Global Grants program awards millions of dollars to organizations who focus on providing access to health care for children. Non-profit organizations whose work improves the health and lives of children around the world may apply.

Requests for grants are reviewed quarterly. Eligible organizations must be nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations whose global programs help improve the health and well being of children under 18. All organizations who apply for a grant must already be self-sustaining. Funding can be requested to support specific programs.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nebraska Offering $20,000 Grants to Boost Small Business Exports

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development just announced a new grant program for small Nebraska businesses who want to increase their export business. The grant program is called The International Market Access Grant program and its aim is to help small businesses reach international markets.

The program will provide reimbursement for eligible expenses for small companies located in Nebraska. Eligible expenses include those related to participation in export-related activities. This can include trade missions, international sales trips, participating in U.S. Department of Commerce business matchmaking programs, and international advertising and marketing that requires the use of translating and printing services.
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