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Monday, January 26, 2015

Nashville Lowers Requirements for Small Businesses to Qualify for Grants

Nashville Lowers Requirements for Small Businesses to Qualify for Grants
Small businesses in Nashville, Tennessee, got some good news recently from the city's Metro Council. The city has an incentive program for small businesses with 100 or less employees to qualify for grants up to $750. Recent changes in the program makes it even easier now for small businesses to benefit from the program.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Grants From The Big Read Program Inspires Communities to Read

Grants From The Big Read Program Inspires Communities to Read

The Big Read Program offers grants through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the purpose of encouraging more reading in communities. Eligible organizations who can apply for grants include arts, cultural, literary, and civic organizations, such as libraries, museums, and local arts agencies.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Free Program Giving Much-Needed Financial Assistance to Local Mom and Pop Small Businesses

Mom and pop shop

Small businesses in the Miami-Dade County, Florida area may once again apply for The Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program. The program was created to provide financial and technical assistance to small for-profit businesses.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

FedEx is Back With the 2015 Small Business Grant Contest For $25,000

Fat Toad Farm
Winners of the 2014 Contest

For the third year in a row, FedEx is offering up to $25,000 in business grants to small businesses around the country. Small business owners have until February 12, 2015 to enter this year's competition. Last year's winners were a family-run goat dairy in rural Vermont that turned a caramel-making hobby into a grand prize winning small business.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Tech Companies Have An Advantage When It Comes To Grants

Tech Companies Have An Advantage When It Comes To Grants
Grants represent free money that doesn't have to be repaid. Finding a grant is another matter, especially when it comes to government grants. However, companies doing research and development in high technology fields will find more grants than most small businesses.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Bank of America Awards Over $65 Million in Grants to Nonprofits

Bank of America Awards Over $65 Million in Grants
Through its Charitable Foundation, Bank of America awarded over $65 million in grants to more than 2,966 nonprofits in 2014. It is estimated that the grants helped more than 335 million people.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Many Non-Profits in Western New York Received Grants and Other Donations From These Sources in 2014

Many Non-Profits in Western New York Received Grants and Other Donations From These Sources in 2014
An article recently published by Buffalo Business First reviewed several small non-profit businesses who received help in the form of grants and other donations during 2014. The support ranged from national grants to disaster relief donations from both local and national corporations.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Minneapolis Kicking In More Bucks For Small Business Owners

The city of Minneapolis has kicked another $500,000 into its Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) to help small business owners in the state. This makes the total B-Tap budget $1 million.

Friday, December 26, 2014

One North Carolina Small Business Fund Awards $550,000 In Grants to Local Small Businesses

One North Carolina Small Business Fund
Several businesses located in Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough and Morrisville, North Carolina, have received business grants of $50,000 each through the One North Carolina Small Business Fund. A total of $2.5 million is budgeted for this fund in 2015 to help businesses throughout North Carolina.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Northeast SARE Patnership Grants Offered to Agricultural Businesses Located in 13 States

Partnership Grants are offered to businesses who are somehow involved in helping the agricultural community by developing sustainable methods. Businesses whose projects are located in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. may apply.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Chattanooga Offering Small Businesses $500 For Each New Job They Create

The Office of Economic and Community Development in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is offering small businesses a great incentive to grow their businesses. For each new job they create, they can be eligible to receive $500.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Walmart Foundation's State Giving Program -- Grants Up to $250,000 For Non-Profits

Walmart Foundation Grants
Through the Walmart Foundation, non-profit enterprises in all 50 states may apply for business grants ranging from $25,000 to $250,000. Eligible businesses may apply during the four application cycles that are offered every year.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Small Businesses -- Got Energy? -- Check Out Pennsylvania's Two Grant/Loan Opportunities!

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection not only believes in protecting the environment but wants to reward small businesses who do the same thing. They are offering not one but two programs for small businesses whose projects save energy and reduce pollution. The two programs are called The Small Business Advantage Grant Program and Pollution Prevention Assistance Account.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Bank of Hawaii Demonstrates That Hawaii is a Great Place for Small Businesses -- Read About Their Latest Grants

Bank of Hawaii Grants
For the past three years, the Bank of Hawaii has awarded small businesses with grants of $5,000 each to help small business owners grow. Five small businesses in the Saipan community recently were awarded business grants to support their enterprises and improve economic development in the area. The grants are offered through the I Kinometi Para I KumunidÄt I IslÄ-ta Small Business Revitalization and Development Grants.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Small Businesses in Ferguson, Missouri Awarded $100,000 Grants to Repair Damages

Reinvest North County Fund was created by non-profit North County Regional Development Association to provide immediate relief to small businesses in Ferguson, Missouri, which were damaged by the recent civil unrest in Ferguson. More than $100,000 in grants has been awarded.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thiel Foundation Gives 20 Young Entrepreneurs $100,000 Grants

It's called the Thiel Fellowship, and it's a very different kind of grant for young entrepreneurs. In fact, it is often controversial. Why? Because it's offered to young students who are in college and are interested in dropping out of college for two years to pursue their creative, entrepreneurial projects--all funded by the Thiel Foundation.

Fellowship/grant program

The program is enticing for young visionary thinkers, scientists, and entrepreneurs who want an opportunity to bring their projects to life. The two-year commitment gives them a chance to see what they can do as entrepreneurs. They will learn outside the classroom by actually doing and will be supported during their fellowship by numerous resources. Candidates from around the world may apply.

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.