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Monday, June 29, 2015

$2 Million in Grants Awarded to Small Businesses in MassVentures START Program

$2 Million in Grants Awarded to Small Businesses in MassVentures START Program
Ten Massachusetts small companies were recently awarded $100,000 each in grants as part of the MassVentures START Program. The purpose of the grants is to encourage growth in both jobs and manufacturing throughout Massachusetts.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Top 10 Worst Franchises to Buy in America

Top 10 Worst Franchises to Buy in America
Franchises are one way that entrepreneurs can own their own business. In a franchise, the franchisor, who owns the brand, allows franchisees, or entrepreneurs, to sell their products under a license agreement. Although there is less risk in a franchise for an entrepreneur than going out on their own, not all franchises are equal. Some are considered the worst as far as failure rate.

Monday, June 22, 2015

$110 Million in Funding Available to Small Businesses -- And It's Not From a Bank!

$110 Million in Funding Available to Small Business -- And It's Not From a Bank!
There is a new source for lending to small business owners, and the movement is growing. Bond Street, a non-bank lender located in New York, just announced $110 million now available for small business lending. The increase in non-bank lenders like Bond Street is filling voids where traditional banking sources have failed.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

San Francisco Offering $6.7 Million to Support Small Businesses

San Francisco Offering $6.7 Million to Support Small Businesses
San Francisco is funding $6.7 million over the next two years to support small business. The additional funds are part of San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee's Invest in Neighborhood Initiative (IIN), the Office of Small Business, and the Small Business Development Center.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Find Over 200 Grants Offered By Corporations

Find Over 200 Grants Offered By Corporations
Wouldn't it be great if you could find a source for all kinds of grants that might help you start or expand your small business? Corporations are an excellent source of grant money which doesn't have to be paid back, and one directory is available that lists over 200 grants offered by corporations.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Lender Offering Loans to Small Business Based on Business Performance -- Not Credit Scores

Lender Offering Loans to Small Business Based on Business Performance -- Not Credit Scores
Finding capital remains a big challenge for America's small business owners. One of their biggest challenges is finding a lender who values their performance history over credit scores. This is particularly important to new businesses who have little or no credit history established yet for their business. One lender is widening out in their requirements to help meet the needs of small business owners.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Looking to Start a New Business? Check Out These Top 10 Fastest-Growing Industries for Entrepreneurs!

Looking to Start a New Business? Check Out These Top 10 Fastest-Growing Industries for Entrepreneurs!
There are no guarantees and plenty of risks in starting your own business. Doing your homework certainly helps, like checking out what industries are hot and which ones are not.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Pennsylvania Awards More Than $980,000 in Grants to 139 Small Businesses

Pennsylvania Awards More Than $980,000 in Grants to 139 Small Businesses
Pennsylvania's Small Business Advantage Grant Program once again showed its support for small business by awarding a total of $980,000 in grants recently to 139 small businesses across the state of Pennsylvania. The grants were part of the state's recognition and reward program for businesses who install energy-efficiency or pollution-prevention projects.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Study Shows These Top 5 Cities Are The Best Places to Launch a Start-Up

Study Shows These Top 5 Cities Are The Best Place to Launch a Start-Up
NerdWallet.com is a personal finance website that helps consumers make money decisions in areas such as education, finance, health, investing, and shopping. In 2010, CNNMoney listed NerdWallet among its Top 20 Best Money Sites. NerdWallet recently published a survey of the top 10 best cities in which to launch a start-up business. Here are the first 5.

Monday, May 25, 2015

"Grow North" Program in Minneapolis Offers $200,000 Incentives to Businesses

"Grow North" Program in Minneapolis Offers $200,000 Incentives to Businesses
North Minneapolis is opening their doors to new businesses and existing businesses who want to expand by offering a very tantalizing incentive. The Grow North program, introduced last year, offers up to $200,000 in a forgivable loan to businesses who add jobs to North Minneapolis. But that's not all.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

MerchantNegotiators.com Announces a $2,500 Small Business Grant For Underrepresented Entrepreneurs

MerchantNegotiators.com Announces a $2,500 Small Business Grant For Underrepresented Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs across the country from historically underrepresented groups have until August 1, 2015, to apply for one of three $2,500 grants in the MerchantNegotiators.com First Annual Small Business Grant competition. Application period begins June 1st.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Chase Once Again Offering Its Mission Main Street Grant Program

Chase Once Again Offering Its Mission Main Street Grant Program
Global financial giant JPMorgan Chase & Co. is once again launching its annual Mission Main Street Grant program. The program will award $100,000 grants to 20 U.S. small businesses. Small businesses have until June 5, 2015, to apply.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sun Life Financial and the Miami Dolphins Committed to Helping Small Business and Youth in South Florida

Sun Life Financial and the Miami Dolphins Committed to Helping Small Business in South Florida
If you are a non-profit organization located in South Florida, you may be eligible to win a $50,000 grant. Nonprofits who focus on programs that encourage youth to stay in school and continue their education may apply.

Friday, May 8, 2015

StreetShares Brings New Funding Sources to Small Businesses

StreetShares Brings New Funding Source to Small Businesses
StreetShares makes is faster and easier for small businesses to find funding for their companies. The veteran-run, Washington, D.C.-based organization has a very unusual approach to finding financial support for small businesses. The company connects small business owners with investors and backs part of the loans themselves.

Monday, May 4, 2015

NASA To Award Up To $47.7 Million To Small Technology Companies

NASA To Award Up To $47.7 Million To Small Technology Companies
Small technology companies and research institutes across the country are being rewarded for their innovative efforts in technology that support NASA space projects. A total of 381 proposals from small businesses were chosen by NASA to receive contracts from NASA totaling $47.7 million.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Detroit's NEIdeas Program Awarding $500,000 in Grants to Small Businesses Again in 2015!

Detroit's NEIdeas Program Awarding $500,000 in Grants to Small Businesses Again in 2015!
Last year, the city of Detroit launched a program called The New Economy Initiative, or The NEIdeas Program, which offered grants of $10,000 to $100,000 to small businesses in the cities of Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park, Michigan. The program was so successful that it is being offered again in 2015.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Who Wants to Own Their Own Franchise? -- These Are Considered the Top 10!

Who Wants to Own Their Own Franchise? -- These Are Considered the Top 10!
Owning a franchise is one popular way of going into business for yourself. In some respects, it is less risky because your product is already well known, has its own customer base, and offers support from the franchiser, according to the International Franchise Association (IFA). But if you're going to do it, go with a winner, like these top 10.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Over 100 Small Businesses Around the Country Named Winners in the American Small Business Championship

Over 100 Small Businesses Around the Country Named Winners in the American Small Business Championship
Every small business has a story to tell. How did they get started? What is their secret to success? What sacrifices did they make in building their business? Small businesses around the country recently got their chance to tell their story in the American Small Business Championship.

Monday, April 13, 2015

These 10 Cities and States Are the Most Friendly to Small Businesses

Top Cities and States For 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).
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