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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

STEP Program Will Award $17.4 Million in Grants to Small Business Owners

STEP Program Will Award $17.4 Million in Grants to Small Business Owners
In 2010, the Small Business Jobs Act was signed into law by President Obama. It was designed to help small business owners by creating more lending sources, tax breaks and other resources to help them grow and create more jobs. This included the STEP program, or State Trade and Export Promotion program, that gives grants to small businesses wanting to expand their business into foreign markets. That STEP program is about to award $17.4 million to small businesses in 40 states.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Philly Small Businesses Can Learn How to Get Grants By Attending This Workshop

Philly Small Businesses Can Learn How to Get Grants By Attending This Workshop
There is a saying "Teach a man to fish and he will never be hungry." A nonprofit organization in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has the right idea when it comes to their small business community. Teaching small businesses how to find grants, loans and other funding sources will be the main topic of their upcoming workshop.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Non-Profit in Miami Helps Small Businesses Snubbed By Other Lenders

Non-Profit in Miami Helps Small Businesses Snubbed By Other Lenders
Grants are hard to find, but so are loans for small business owners. If businesses are just getting started, it's even more difficult to find financial help. Traditional lenders such as banks are often reluctant to give loans to start-up companies. But when one door shuts, another door opens. In Miami, that door leads entrepreneurs to The Miami Bayside Foundation (MBF).

Monday, August 10, 2015

Everything is Bigger in Texas -- Including Breaks for Vet-Owned Small Businesses

Everything is Bigger in Texas -- Including Breaks for Vet-Owned Small Businesses
The state motto of Texas is "Friendship." They are proving true to their motto by offering a new free program that will help small businesses that are owned by veterans and service-disabled veterans. The program will help veteran-owned businesses compete for large contracts that are usually available only to larger companies.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Why Some Small Businesses in Texas Won't Be Able to Get Grants

Why Some Small Businesses in Texas Won't Be Able to Get Grants
Austin, Texas is the home of many filmmakers and film production studios. These business owners have been supported through the years by the Texas Film Commission who awards grants to companies who produce films, television programs, commercials and video games in the state of Texas. But a recent budget cut will mean that many small businesses in the film industry will no longer be able to get grants.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

U.S. Government Wants to Help Veterans Start Their Own Businesses

U.S. Government Wants to Help Veterans Start Their Own Businesses

The G.I. Bill, a law that was established by the U.S. government in 1944, is being reviewed as a source of funding for veterans who want to start their own businesses. The move is being initiated by means of a three-year pilot program through the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Huntington Bank Backing Microloans to Small Businesses in Outstate Michigan

Huntington Bank Backing Microloans to Small Businesses in Outstate Michigan
Thanks to a $5 million line of credit from Huntington Bank, microloans up to $250,000 will be available to small businesses and startup companies in outstate Michigan over the next five years. The $5 million in funds was given to Opportunity Resource Fund, an established Michigan micro-lender.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Kentucky Small Businesses Receive $1.5 Million In State Funding

Kentucky Small Businesses Receive $1.5 Million In State Funding
The state of Kentucky wants small businesses to know just how important technology is to them. Technology-based businesses who want to relocate to Kentucky, or businesses starting up in Kentucky, may be eligible for some of the $1.5 million the state is offering to small companies whose business is technology.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

5 Year Free Rent Space Offered to NJ Entrepreneurs

5 Year Free Rent Space Offered to NJ Entrepreneurs

Imagine getting rent space for your small business for 5 years, free! That's part of what is being offered to small businesses in New Jersey through a new $50 million business accelerator program.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

New Jersey = New Budget = New Opportunities For Small Businesses -- A Win, Win, Win!

New Jersey = New Budget = New Opportunities For Small Businesses -- A Win, Win, Win!

With state budgets tightening across the country, it's hard to find one that is actually in a position to offer small businesses even more opportunities for growth. But New Jersey is doing just that by doubling its funding to New Jersey’s Small Business Development Centers.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Clean Energy Entrepreneurs May Be Eligible For Grants Up To $300,000

Clean Energy Entrepreneurs May Be Eligible For Grants Up To $300,000
Small businesses focused on clean energy technology may be eligible for grants up to $300,000. The grants are being offered by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) who just received more than $5 million in federal funds. The company plans to use the money to help clean-energy entrepreneurs get their products to market.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

$700,000 In Grants To Be Awarded To Native American Small Businesses

$700,000 In Grants To Be Awarded To Native American Small Businesses
Up to 7 grants will be awarded to small businesses in South Florida owned by Native Americans. The grants are being offered through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Management and Technical Assistance Program.

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Best And Worst Places to Start A Restaurant Business

The Best And Worst Places to Start A Restaurant Business
Rossilli's Restaurant, Findlay, Ohio. Findlay is among the top 5 best places to start a restaurant.
Opening a restaurant is one of the most difficult businesses for any entrepreneur. Many restaurants fail in their first year due to poor planning or lack of business knowledge. Food is only one part of the whole restaurant business. One important aspect in planning a restaurant business is location, location, location.

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.
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