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Monday, April 13, 2015

Top 10 Best Cities and States for Small Business

Top 10 Best Cities and States for Small Business
Entrepreneurs who want to either start or expand a small business consider many factors that will increase their chances for success. Among them are a friendly small business climate, local regulations, and taxes. Taxes by far are the most important consideration. Based on all these factors, here are the top 10 best cities and states for small businesses.

Friday, April 10, 2015

60,000 California Entrepreneurs Benefit From State's Increased Funding

60,000 California Entrepreneurs Benefit From State's Increased Funding
In 2014, small businesses in California experienced significant growth in both the number of new businesses started as well as increased revenue by existing businesses. According to the California Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), the reason is due to their 42 centers which have helped small businesses improve their access to capital.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Detroit Entrepreneurs Looking to Start a Business Should Check Out the New Motor City Match Program

Detroit Entrepreneurs Looking to Start a Business Should Check Out the New Motor City Match Program
A new business grant program was announced by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in February that is designed to pump new life into Detroit businesses. The program is called Motor City Match and it's ready with $2.5 million for small companies, within the city and beyond, who are looking to start or expand their business in Detroit.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Find Out How "10,000 Small Businesses" Is Helping Small Companies Across the Country Increase Their Revenues 60 Percent

Find Out How "10,000 Small Businesses" Is Helping Small Companies Across the Country
Investment banking giant Goldman Sachs has a program called "10,000 Small Businesses" that is specifically designed to help small business owners grow their business. The program, which launched in 2009, has reported some pretty impressive results. In fact, a recent report by Babson College, a private business school in Massachusetts, shows that more than 60 percent of small businesses who participate in the program increase their revenues.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Cox Communications Awards $135,000 in Grants to Non-Profits

Cox Communications Awards $135,000 in Grants to Non-Profits
Cable television giant Cox Communications, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, recently awarded grants totaling $135,000 to non-profit organizations in Virginia whose programs support youth, education and technology. The grants were awarded through the Cox Charities grants program.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Orange County Giving Grants to Small Businesses and Farm Programs

Orange County Giving Grants to Small Businesses and Farm Programs
Orange County, North Carolina, is spending their money wisely -- on small businesses who make a big difference in the area's economy. They are showing their strong support of both small business and agricultural by offering not one but two grants.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

May 1 - Deadline for Small Businesses to Apply For International Market Access Grants

 May 1 - Deadline for Small Businesses to Apply For International Market Access Grants
Small businesses in the state of Idaho have until May, 2015, to apply for International Market Access Grants (IMAG). Up to 50 business grants will be awarded by The Idaho Department of Commerce (IDC) and the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA).

Thursday, March 19, 2015

State of Maryland Gets More Than $7.5 Million to Help Small Business

State of Maryland Gets More Than $7.5 Million to Help Small Business
The state of Maryland is committed to strengthening the state's small businesses, and an extra $7.5 million will go a long ways toward accomplishing this. That's exactly how much Maryland received recently in State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funds.

Monday, March 16, 2015

University of Buffalo Offering $25,000 Grants to Businesses Who Hire Engineering Students

University of Buffalo Offering $25,000 Grants to Businesses Who Hire Engineering Students
Small and mid-sized businesses in Buffalo, New York can receive grants up to $25,000 just by hiring engineering students. The grants are being offered by the University of Buffalo to companies who hire engineering students from the University of Buffalo to help with company projects.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Entrepreneurs -- Watch For The SBIR Road Tour Heading to Your City!

Entrepreneurs -- Watch For The SBIR Road Tour Heading to Your City!
The U.S. Small Business Administration is hitting the road to tell small business owners about its SBIR and STTR small business grant programs. They may be coming to your city!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Moving Your Business to Hawaii Could Get You a $5,000 Grant

Moving Your Business to Hawaii Could Get You a $5,000 Grant

The Hawaiian Islands are not only a great place to live, but also a great place to run a business. And the Maui Office of Economic Development wants to help by offering Small Business Revitalization grants up to $5,000 for small for-profit businesses located in Maui County’s rural communities of Lānaʻi, Hāna and Molokaʻi.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Oregon Starting New Grant Fund for Small Businesses Developing New Products

Oregon Starting New Grant Fund for Small Businesses Developing New Products
The Oregon Economic Development Agency is sweetening the pot in order to encourage small businesses and research universities to develop new products and bring new ideas to market. The new grant program is called Business Oregon, and it is adding $400,000 in state grants to help small businesses who focus on research and development of innovative new products.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Microsoft YouthSpark Grants Offered to Eligible Organizations Whose Mission is to Support Youth

Microsoft YouthSpark Grants Offered to Eligible Organizations Whose Mission is to Support Youth
Microsoft YouthSpark Grants program was created in 2012 for the purpose of helping to create better futures for our youth. The program is a global initiative to create opportunities for 300 million youth by 2015, and it pays cash grants to non-profit organizations whose mission matches the program's goals.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Google is Awarding Cash Grants up to $20,000 For Technology Researchers to Find Bugs

Google Bug Finders

Google is reaching out to bug hunters across the country who are interested in helping them find bugs in particular products. A new grant program called Vulnerability Research Grants was recently launched to engage the help of researchers to find security flaws in products.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Montana Indian Equity Fund Awards $84,000 in Grants to Nine Native American Business Owners

Montana Indian Equity Fund Awards $84,000 in Grants to Nine Native American Business Owners
Sun Tours used their grant money to add a coach to their existing fleet of tour buses
Every year since 2007, The Montana Indian Equity Fund has been awarding grants to small businesses in Montana owned by Native Americans. This year, 9 business owners received grants totaling $84,000.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program Once Again Offering Grants

The Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program Once Again Offering Grants
Small businesses located in Miami-Dade County, Florida, once again have an opportunity to apply for a grant through the Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program. The program is offered to small, for-profit businesses located throughout Miami-Dade County.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

USDA Offering $20,000 Grants to Small Businesses in Maine

USDA Offering $20,000 Grants to Small Businesses in Maine
Small business owners as well as agricultural producers in the state of Maine may be eligible for federal grants up to $20,000. The U.S Department of Agriculture Rural Development in Maine is offering the grants to encourage energy efficiency.

Monday, February 9, 2015

2015 Miller Lite "Tap The Future" Business Plan Competition To Give Away $200K

Miller Lite Tap the Future With Daymond John

MillerCoors LLC is once again offering their Tap The Future Business Plan Competition to small, for-profit U.S. business owners. Participants will have the opportunity to pitch their business live in front of ABC Shark Tank's Daymond John and compete to win $200,000 for their business.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Vermont Health Department Offering Grants to Small Businesses Who Support Breastfeeding

Vermont Health Department Offering Grants to Small Businesses Who Support Breastfeeding
The state of Vermont boasts an impressive 90 percent of women who breastfeed. In fact, they are 5th in the nation when it comes to the number of women who breastfeed, according to the 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now they want to reward small businesses who support breastfeeding by giving them free grant money through the Supporting Nursing Moms at Work Grant Program.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

North Carolina Small Business and Agricultural Grants Will Soon Be Available

North Carolina Small Business And Agricultural Grants Will Soon Be Available

Imagine getting a $10,000 grant to grow your business. If you are a small business owner located in Orange County, North Carolina, you can apply for one soon. Two types of grants will be available for small businesses and farms.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Industrial Bank Awarding $20,000 Grants to Small Businesses -- Apply by February 15th

Industrial Bank

Local entrepreneurs in the Washington, D.C. area have until February 15, 2015, to apply for a $15,000 - $20,000 grant. The grants are being offered by Industrial Bank as part of their Small Business Grant Initiative to celebrate 80 years in business.

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.
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