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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Small Businesses in Cleveland Should Check Out The Green Technology Business Grant Program

Cleveland's Green Technology Business Grant Program offers grants to new or existing green technology businesses who create 5 new jobs in Cleveland within their first year. Eligible grant recipients may receive grant money up to one percent of payroll for 3 years, and may also qualify to receive an additional $5,000 Moving Assistance Grant.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

General Mills Foundation Grants Sustain Agriculture and Communities

General Mills Foundation Grants are focused on what they do best: increasing food security and sustaining agriculture. By offering grants to businesses focused on food and agriculture, the company is also sustaining communities.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

FedEx Launches 4th Annual Small Business Grant Contest

For the fourth consecutive year, global courier delivery services company FedEx is offering 10 small business grants in it's annual FedEx Small Business Grant Contest. A total of $100,000 in grants will be awarded.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

WalletHub Releases It's Top 10 Picks for Best Cities to Start a Business

Every year, personal finance web site, WalletHub, releases it's choices for the top 10 best cities for entrepreneurs to start their own business. They review the 150 most populated cities in America and evaluate them on local business environment, resources, and costs. They just released their new list for 2016.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Minnesota Will Pay You $50,000 to Improve the Environment

Imagine getting $50,000 for your business AND contributing to clean air -- at the same time! It's a win/win situation, as far as the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is concerned.

Friday, April 29, 2016

25 Maine Small Businesses Get Over $690,000 in Funding

Micro businesses across the state of Maine recently received a big piece of the pie from the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). The state's Micro-Enterprise Assistance grant program awarded grants totaling $690,300 to 25 small businesses across 7 communities in Maine.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Ag Producers Are 'In the Green' With Grants from USDA

July 1, 2016 is the deadline for agriculture producers to apply for a Value-Added Producer grant. The grant is being offered again by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA has been awarding these grants since 2009.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Detroit Grant Program Awards Another $500,000 in Small Business Grants!

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announces latest Motor City Match grant awards
Every 3 months, the Motor City Match program in Detroit awards grants to small businesses to help entrepreneurs start or grow businesses. This quarter, the grants totaled $500,000 -- and there's more to come.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Government Considering New Bill That Will Mean More Money for Small Business

U.S. Representative and Chairman of the House Small Business Committee Steve Chabot at the 2016 State of Entrepreneurship Address
The Main Street Growth Act is a new bill being reviewed by the U.S. House of Representatives. If the bill passes, it could mean greater access to funding by small businesses.

Monday, April 4, 2016

'Big Dogs' Helping Out Small Business -- Find Out How

It sounds crazy, but it works; big retailers are actually loaning money to small businesses interested in filling big orders. The move solves two huge issues for small business -- funding and the capital to produce enough goods to fill large orders.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Massachusetts Announces New Grant Program to Help Minority-Owned Businesses


What does The Massachusetts Gaming Commission have in common with small business? They want to level the playing field for small companies who want to do business with casinos in Massachusetts. A new grant program is designed to benefit non-profits, public or quasi-public organizations serving Massachusetts businesses that are owned by women, minorities or veterans.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Ashton Kutcher -- Actor, Hottie, and Angel Investor

Aston Kutcher started out as a male model -- not hard to imagine when you look at him! But what a lot of people don't know about Kutcher is that he is an angel investor. He has become a successful venture capital investor, particularly in technology companies such as Skype, Foursquare, Uber and Airbnb.

Friday, March 25, 2016

This State-Funded Program Wants to Help Small Business Startups in North Dakota

Start-up companies face a tough challenge when it comes to financing, especially if they are an online retailer with no collateral. But Internet sales and online retailers are the future, so programs like Innovate ND are getting creative with funding that is almost free money for start ups.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

From Middleman to Moneyman, Columbus, Ohio Company Helps Small Businesses That Need Cash

Tim Johnson, CEO, Small Business Owners of America
Alternative funding sources are growing throughout the country, offering financial help to small and medium-sized companies that need cash and have difficulty securing loans from traditional banks. One of those sources is located in Columbus, Ohio, Small Business Owners of America.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Walmart Community Grant Program Continues to Support Small Business

Retail giant Walmart continues to support small business that benefits communities with grants ranging from $250 to $2,500. Eligible businesses include nonprofit organizations with programs that benefit communities within the service area of a Walmart store, Sam’s Club or Logistics facility.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Adolph Coors Foundation Grants Help Youth and Adults in Colorado

Since 1976, the Adolph Coors Foundation has been awarding grants to non-profit companies whose businesses fits within the foundation’s funding criteria. In 2014, the Adolph Coors Foundation awarded $5.5 million to 145 organizations in Colorado.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Indianapolis Chamber and JPMorgan offering up to $5,000 in Grants

The Indy Chamber and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are partnering up to to offer grants to small companies that want to take their business international. help companies pursue international customers. Thanks to a $200,000 donation from JPMorgan Chase, small companies wanting to go global can apply for grants up to $5,000.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Small Business Grants Up To $100,000 Each Available For Small Companies Developing New Technology

Applications are now being accepted for The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) annual grant contest. Who qualifies? Small businesses in manufacturing, cyber-physical systems and cryptography.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Applications Open For Oregon's Small Business Innovation Research Grant Support Program

Small businesses in biosciences are likely candidates for Oregon's Small Business Innovation Research Grant Support Program. The state-funded program provides grants as part of a federal SBIR/STTR matching grants program, which allows states to entice small businesses with state-matching grant money.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Sesame Ventures (Yes, as in Sesame Street) Wants to Fund Entrepreneurs Who Help Kids Grow Strong and Healthy

No one knows kids better than Sesame Street. They've been creating shows for children's entertainment since 1966. But their mission is much more than entertainment, and they are inviting startups who support their mission to assist them in helping kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Rhode Island? -- Yes, Rhode Island Offering Small Business Grants up to $50,000

Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the United States, but it has big plans to support small business. The state is offering grants ranging from $10,000 up to $50,000 to support small businesses in agriculture.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

This Grant Program Turns Green Thumbs Into Cash and Improved Employee Productivity

The Vermont Department of Health seems to have a unique but effective way to help small businesses and improve their employees' productivity. They are offering grants for small business and organizations to establish workplace food gardens for their employees.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Canada's CanExport Program Prepared to Spend $50 Million to Help Small Business Exports

Small businesses in Canada that want to start exporting their products are getting the support of the Canadian government -- to the tune of $50 million. The Canadian government has set aside this fund to help increase small business exporting.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Not a High-Tech Person? Try These 10 Low-Tech Business Ideas

Technology companies and jobs are hot, but not everyone is a high-tech person. If you want to start a business of your own, there are plenty of other areas you can look outside of technology. Many of these jobs entail services that will never become obsolete and will always be in demand.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Motor City Match Grants Help Expand Small Business in Detroit

Mayor Mike Duggan of Detroit revealed the awards given to small businesses in grant funding through the Motor City Match grant program in October, 2015. Ten businesses received a combined $500,000 in grant funding. The deadline for the next round of funding has been extended.