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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Applications Open For Oregon's Small Business Innovation Research Grant Support Program

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Small businesses in biosciences are likely candidates for Oregon's Small Business Innovation Research Grant Support Program. The state-funded program provides grants as part of a federal SBIR/STTR matching grants program, which allows states to entice small businesses with state-matching grant money.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Sesame Ventures (Yes, as in Sesame Street) Wants to Fund Entrepreneurs Who Help Kids Grow Strong and Healthy

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No one knows kids better than Sesame Street. They've been creating shows for children's entertainment since 1966. But their mission is much more than entertainment, and they are inviting startups who support their mission to assist them in helping kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Rhode Island? -- Yes, Rhode Island Offering Small Business Grants up to $50,000

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Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the United States, but it has big plans to support small business. The state is offering grants ranging from $10,000 up to $50,000 to support small businesses in agriculture.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

This Grant Program Turns Green Thumbs Into Cash and Improved Employee Productivity

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The Vermont Department of Health seems to have a unique but effective way to help small businesses and improve their employees' productivity. They are offering grants for small business and organizations to establish workplace food gardens for their employees.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Canada's CanExport Program Prepared to Spend $50 Million to Help Small Business Exports

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Small businesses in Canada that want to start exporting their products are getting the support of the Canadian government -- to the tune of $50 million. The Canadian government has set aside this fund to help increase small business exporting.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Not a High-Tech Person? Try These 10 Low-Tech Business Ideas

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Technology companies and jobs are hot, but not everyone is a high-tech person. If you want to start a business of your own, there are plenty of other areas you can look outside of technology. Many of these jobs entail services that will never become obsolete and will always be in demand.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Motor City Match Grants Help Expand Small Business in Detroit

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Mayor Mike Duggan of Detroit revealed the awards given to small businesses in grant funding through the Motor City Match grant program in October, 2015. Ten businesses received a combined $500,000 in grant funding. The deadline for the next round of funding has been extended.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Apply Now For a $100,000 S&T SBIR Grant

Apply Now For a $100,000 S&T SBIR Grant
What is a S&T SBIR Grant?

The S&T SBIR Grant is offered to companies who develop projects that have scientific and technical merit. It is offered every year through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Applications are being solicited for 2016 proposals for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program by the Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO).

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Find Out How These Amazing REALLY Young Entrepreneurs Started Their Own Businesses -- at Age 9???

Find Out How These Amazing REALLY Young Entrepreneurs Started Their Own Businesses -- at Age 9???
There is no age limit when it comes to starting your own business. After all, Mark Zuckerberg was only 20 when he co-founded the social-networking website Facebook out of his college dorm room. But some young entrepreneurs have him beat on age. Here are 8 entrepreneurs who started their own businesses as young as age 9.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Albany's Facade Improvement Program Puts Its Best 'Face' Forward By Awarding 14 Small Business Grants

Albany's Facade Improvement Program Puts Its Best 'Face' Forward By Awarding 14 Small Business Grants
The Facade Improvement Program in Albany, New York, has recently awarded grants to 14 small businesses to help them spruce up their buildings. The grants of $10,000 - $15,000 each helps small businesses improve the facade of their business which helps beautify downtown storefronts in Albany.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Where Small Businesses With Bad Credit Can Look for Funding -- 3 Recommended Sources

Where Small Businesses With Bad Credit Can Look for Funding -- 3 Recommended Sources
Funding for small businesses remains a challenge. When small business owners and start ups have bad credit, financing can be an even greater challenge. So, where do small business owners turn for help?

Monday, December 21, 2015

More Grants Awarded to Small Business Owners in Detroit

More Grants Awarded to Small Business Owners in Detroit
Small business owners in Detroit, Michigan, seem to be getting a lot of help recently from various sources. This time, two Detroit businesses got a whopping $100,000 grant each from Detroit's NEIdeas competition.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

70 Detroit Small Businesses Receive Micro Grants Totaling $175,500

70 Detroit Small Businesses Receive Micro Grants Totaling $175,500
Dawn DeMuyt, Founder of Labrosse Farm
“I’m so thankful to be here and for people to believe in our business.” This was one of many expressions of appreciation by Detroit small businesses recently who received micro grants from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as well as Citizens Bank, as part of the bank's Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities initiative.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

This Zero Interest Small Business Lender is Ready to Offer Their Services Nationwide

This Zero Interest Small Business Lender is Ready to Offer Their Services Nationwide
Kiva President and Co-Founder, Premal Shah 
Imagine getting a loan from a bank for zero percent interest. Now imagine that happening to a small business owner. Fat chance, right? Well, not any more. One micro lender is ready to do just that for small businesses in underbanked and underserved communities around the globe.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Turn a Good Idea Into a Business With Help From Microsoft Ventures

Turn a Good Idea Into a Business With Help From Microsoft Ventures
Small businesses often begin with a great idea. The key is knowing how to turn a great idea into a business. No one knows how to do this better than software giant Microsoft. That's why they offer a program called Microsoft Ventures to help entrepreneurs launch their startup companies.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Find Out How Operation HOPE Empowers Small Business Owners in Low-Income Neighborhoods

Find Out How Operation HOPE Empowers Small Business Owners
Operation HOPE, headquartered in Los Angeles, specializes in helping small business owners who are located in underserved neighborhoods. Entrepreneurs in low-income neighborhoods, often in minority communities, provides a combination of business training and financial counseling with lending services to help small business owners become successful.

Monday, November 30, 2015

IBM Grant Program Helps Non-profit Small Business

IBM Grant Program Helps Non-profit Small Business
Technology giant IBM offers grants to non-profit small businesses who serve their communities through education and non-profit services. IBM Impact Grants provide consulting expertise and software specifically designed to support small business needs.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

North Carolina Small Businesses -- Apply Now For Grants Up To $50,000

North Carolina Small Businesses -- Apply Now For Grants Up To $50,000
Small business growth across the state of North Carolina is being stimulated through the annual One North Carolina Small Business Matching Funds Program. Eligible small businesses have until June 30, 2016, to apply for a grant up to $50,000.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Huntington Bank Offers Grants for Non-Profit Organizations

Huntington Bank Offers Grants for Non-Profit Organizations
If you are a non-profit organization looking for funding, check out the Huntington Bank grant program. Huntington awards grants four times a year to qualifying non-profits.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Memphis Company Increasing Support For Small Business By $200 Million

Memphis Company Increasing Support For Small Business By $200 Million
What small businesses need most is cash flow, and this is not easy to get for startups and existing entrepreneurs. Fortunately, small businesses no longer have to rely strictly on banks to help them out. One company in Memphis is increasing their business by $200 million to provide startup and small business funding.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Native American Small Businesses Get Thousands in SBA Grant Funding

Native American Small Businesses Get Thousands in SBA Grant Funding
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Native American Affairs recently awarded $700,000 in grants to Native American small businesses. The grants will help small business owners across the U.S. who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

Monday, October 26, 2015

"Social Supper" Event Supports Small Business Across the Southeastern U.S.

"Social Supper" Event Supports Small Business Across the Southeastern U.S.
It's an unique plan but it seems to be working -- fine meals served at unusual places, and profits are donated to help provide more grants for small-to-medium-size businesses. The resulting grants of $500, $800 and even $1,000 can go a long way toward helping small businesses buy equipment, supplies, or increase marketing.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

NEW Loan Fund Created for African American-Owned Small Businesses

NEW Loan Fund Created for African American-Owned Small Businesses
A new loan fund for African-American small businesses, with a goal of creating a $30 million loan fund, was just announced by VEDC and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Valley Economic Development Centers (VEDC), a California non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), is partnering with financial giant JPMorgan Chase & Co. to help minority-owned businesses located in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Monday, October 12, 2015

New $100M Small Business Lending Fund to Offer Faster Access to Lower-Rate Small Business Loans

New $100M Small Business Lending Fund to Offer Faster Access to Lower-Rate Small Business Loans
Banks are still considered traditional lending sources for businesses, but alternative lending sources are quickly developing more and more programs that appeal to small business owners. One new program, QuickBooks Financing Line of Credit, is introducing an entirely new approach to small business financing.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Need Cash? Try These 5 Recommended Sources of Cash for Small Businesses

Need Cash? Try These 5 Recommended Sources of Cash for Small Businesses
One of the biggest problems faced by small business owners is finding cash to start or expand their business. Grants are great sources of money that does not have to be repaid, but they are often not easy to find. And banks are often tough to deal with. Fortunately, other alternative sources are available.
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