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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Awards $305,000 in Small Business Grants

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Four small businesses in the state of Massachusetts recently received grants totaling $305,000 from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. The businesses received the grants as part of Massachusetts' MassCEC's IncubateMass Program.

All four companies are considered what is known as incubators. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center describes incubator businesses as those who accelerate the successful development of start-up companies by providing entrepreneurs with an array of targeted resources and services, including mentoring, specialized equipment, affordable work space, business facilities, educational series and networks.

Monday, September 15, 2014

American Express Grants

American Express
American Express offers grants to non-profit organizations as part of the company's Corporate Social Responsibility program. The company focuses grants in the areas of Leadership, Historic Preservation and Community Service.


Programs that cultivate leadership opportunities for diverse communities within the nonprofit sector and are non-profit organizations would be eligible to submit a grant proposal. Programs that are of particular interest are those that are targeted to the arts, environment, higher education and social services.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Chase Re-Launches It's Mission Main Street Grant Program -- Don't Miss It!

Once again, Chase is launching it's Mission Main Street Grant Program, offering small businesses a chance to win a $150,000 small business grant. The Google-sponsored grant program gives small businesses a chance to win a grant by answering 5 essay questions about entrepreneurship.

More grants awarded this time

Last time, 12 businesses received grants through the Mission Main Street Grant Program. This time, 20 businesses will receive grants of $150,000 each. Eligible businesses must be for-profit, located in the U.S., and be designated a small business, which means 100 or fewer employees.

Monday, September 8, 2014

United Technologies Grants Offered to Non-Profit Organizations

United Technologies
United Technologies Corporation, based in Hartford, Connecticut, opens it's grant application period every year between January 1 - June 30. Grants are offered to non-profit organizations both inside and outside the U.S. who qualify by meeting the company's grant making criteria.

UTC grants are available in three primary areas: building sustainable cities, advancing education in the areas of science/technology/engineering/mathematics (STEM), and improving communities. All projects seeking funding must provide support in communities where UTC employees work and live. Eligible companies may locate UTC locations and apply for a grant online.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pfizer Support for Healthcare Related Patient Programs

Pfizer offers support for organizations that provide healthcare-related programs for patients. Organizations must be non-profit. Their services must fall within the designated areas defined by Pfizer.

Pfizer offers grants to nonprofits in the areas of patient education and health screening; disease awareness; and improving patient access to health care services. Grant periods are available four times throughout the year.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Huntington Bank Named #1 SBA Lender in the Country

Huntington Bank has made extraordinary progress serving small businesses. They recently moved from their position as third largest to number one largest Small Business Administration (SBA) lender in the country.

Amazing feat

Huntington now leads the nation in SBA lending in terms of number of loans and loan amounts. What is so very interesting about Huntington's number one position is the fact that they are not the number one bank in the country as far as assets go. Huntington is ranked 33rd in the country, AND they only make loans within a six-state region.

Monday, August 25, 2014

LA Furniture Retailer Announces $25,000 "We Love Local Small Business Grant"

West Elm
Independent furniture makers and designers located in the Los Angeles, California area have an opportunity to win a $25,000 independent designer grant from LA furniture retailer West Elm. Candidates must submit their entries by September 9, 2014 in order to be eligible.

One local furniture maker or designer will be chosen to receive a $25,000 grant. Local small businesses who are either furniture designers or furniture makers may send their applications along with photographs of their design work. West Elm will choose 20 finalists on September 30, and then allow the public to vote for their favorites online. The winner will be announced on November 19.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

John Deere Foundation Grants

John Deere Foundation
John Deere Foundation Grants are available to non-profit organizations focused in the following areas: community development, education, and solutions for world hunger.

Eligible businesses must be located in areas served by John Deere. This includes certain U.S. states, Canada, Europe, India and Brazil. Foundation grants are designed to provide support for initiatives that will have long-lasting impact on communities served by the requesting organization.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Humana Foundation Grants

Humana Foundation Grants
Humana Foundation Grants are available to non-profit businesses and other organizations. Grants are awarded in the areas of childhood health, intergenerational health, and active lifestyles.

Grants are awarded to nonprofits whose business is conducted in areas where Humana has a significant business presence. All projects funded must be completed within 18 months. Application periods are from November 1 to January 15 of each year.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sam's Club Community Grant Program Empowers Small Businesses

Sam's Club
The Sam's Club Community Grant Program funds nonprofit organizations committed to supporting small business owners, providing support from this retail giant at both the national and local level. Grants are particularly interested in organizations that provide advanced training that empowers small businesses to grow their operations, especially women- and minority-owned businesses.

Grants for nonprofits

The grants, funded by the Walmart Foundation, are designed to support nonprofits that improve local communities. Grants are available in the areas of hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women's economic empowerment and career opportunities, education and youth success.