Starting this month, Chase and Google just kicked-off the 2014 MISSION MAIN STREET GRANTS PROGRAM, giving away $3 million to 20 small business in the United States. To promote small business development, each winner will receive:
- $150K Grant to help grow the business
- Trip to Google Headquarters for a marketing workshop with industry experts
- Google Chromebook Laptop
- $2,000 coupon toward one market research study with Google Consumer Surveys
All applicants will not leave empty-handed, however. Each participant will receive a marketing toolkit to help grow their business and a $150 coupon toward one market research study with Google Consumer Surveys.
To qualify, your business must be a U.S. based, for-profit entity, employ less than 100 employees, and have been in business for two consecutive years.
How to apply:
Applicants need to complete a grant questionnaire which includes answering five (5) short essay questions explaining their business; what inspired them to start a business; a description of their community involvement; what they would do with the grant; and their short-term and long-term business growth plans. Deadline for applying is October 3rd.
Furthermore, applicants need 250 Facebook votes for their business through the contest’s website. For more information, or to vote, click here.
But don’t worry. Deadline for the counted votes is October 17th.
Winners will be determined by a panel of expert judges from a selection of business organizations who promote economic development. Winners will be announced in January, 2015.
To learn more about the 2014 MISSION MAIN STREET GRANTS PROGRAM, register or vote please visit Chase’s website.
The Central Ohio Organization of Public Purchasers (CO-OPP) invites you to join us in Columbus on Wednesday, October 8th in improving the way government and business connect through the CO-OPP 2014 Reverse Trade Fair.
This is a wonderful opportunity for Ohio’s businesses to learn how to compete for state and local government contracts. Training by Ohio Procurement Technical Assistance Center* (PTAC) counselors and others will run concurrently with one-on-one buyer meetings.
What’s a Reverse Trade Fair? Representatives from local and regional government agencies will staff booths, and vendors interested in selling to government move from booth to booth describing their products and services, making new contacts and renewing existing relationships.
THIS IS AN EASY AND EXCELLENT WAY TO POTENTIALLY INCREASE YOUR SALES:
- No hassles, No booths to set up or tear down
- 20 state and local government agencies are already committed to the event with more on their way
- Great opportunity to meet and network with buyers and public procurement professionals
To learn more about the 2014 Reverse Trade Fair and register for the half-day event, please visit the CO-OPP website and find additional details under the Upcoming Events heading. Register before August 30 and Save $50 on your registration fee.
* Ohio PTACs provide services to Ohio businesses seeking to compete for federal, state, and local government contracts. Services include bid preparation assistance, bid-matching services, military specifications, one-on-one consulting, product and procurement histories, help with information resources, and trade events where Ohio firms can meet government buyers.
The ninth annual Cleveland Matchmaker Event is a unique small business contracting
event, which presents a great opportunity for small businesses to gain access to buyers
that represent millions of dollars in purchasing. The goal of the event is to create future
contract opportunities for your small business through one-on-one sessions between
buyers and sellers.
Date: August 20 and 21, 2014
Time: 8 am – 4 pm
Location: The Terrace Club at Progressive Field
Cost: $159 per small business attendee
Registration: Register online at http://www.clevelandbtobmatchmaker.com
For additional information, contact Angela Presutti
at (216) 592-2385 or email@example.com | http://www.clevelandbtobmatchmaker.com
Thumbtack.com and the Kauffman Foundation have teamed up to conduct a survey of more than 12,000 small businesses nationwide. The data was used to evaluate most states and 82 cities against one another along multiple metrics. Small business owners gave Dayton an A- for its overall friendliness towards small businesses, though they gave the regulatory environment a grade of C+.
Jim Hannah at Wright State University just published an online story featuring the Small Business Development Center at WSU. Call it a shameless plug but we thought you might want to read about it!
The efforts of VOB Ohio and the SBDC at Wright State University recently made it into a story in the Cleveland Business News. This just goes to show how far reaching the message can go when the effort is for a good cause. If you are a veteran and have not taken advantage of the extensive resources available for entrepreneurship, you need to contact our office at 937-775-3503 or approach your nearest SBDC office. We are here to help.
Forbes magazine recently released their assessment of the best and worst franchises for entrepreneurs. You will find a lot of names you know and a few you may not have heard of before. Selecting a franchise that matches your personal and career goals can be difficult. We recommend you use a trained consultant to determine if franchising is for you and if so, which franchise might be the best fit. If you would like to discuss franchising and meet a franchising professional, please contact your local SBDC office for guidance.
For more on how Forbes came up with their rankings, read their story.