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Want Free Money to Help Grow Your Small Business?

 

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.

Good Luck!

 

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Cleveland Business Matchmaker Event Announcement

08/07/2014 Comments off

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 apresutti@cose.org | http://www.clevelandbtobmatchmaker.com

100 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs according to Forbes Magazine

02/05/2014 Comments off

Trying to find internet resources to help you on your entrepreneurial journey? Forbes has searched high and low to bring you the top 100 list of Best Websites for Entrepreneurs. Save yourself some much needed time and check out the list here.

2014 Small Business Trends – According to the Experts

01/29/2014 Comments off

Latest polls suggest that the global economy continues to recover. Kiplinger’s Economic Outlooks suggest that gains in business and consumer confidence in the coming year will help to strengthen economic growth by 2.6%. November’s 203,000 job gains also point to stronger growth.

Top 3 Workforce Predictions for 2014 suggest that self-employment and becoming a free-agent where you BYOW (bring your own work) to a project-based business need will also increase.

Are You Ready?

Whether you are already in business, thinking about becoming self-employed or a free agent, below are 6 Tips for Building Your Business Revenues in the New Year:

  1. Virtual Business Mentoring Sources: Connect with confidential and experienced business mentors including SCORE, SBDCs, women’s business centers and MicroMentor using a state-specific, Business Planning and Development Platform.
  2. Business Assistance Programs: Discover multiple nonprofit online Resource & Referral Communities tailored to Veterans, Small Businesses, Women, Youth and Minorities.
  3. Alternative Funding Tools & Expertise: Consider innovative ways to raise working capital such as Merchant Advances, Supplier Credit, A/R Financing and Crowd Financing. Connect with Financial Management Expertise on a part-time or on-demand basis.
  4. Keep Overhead Costs Low: Outsourced services and virtual office solutions continue to expand offerings in ways that provide cost savings and productivity enhancements.
  5. Cloud-Based Applications: New small business apps promise improved efficiencies in multiple arenas such as bookkeeping, expense control, CRM & project management.
  6. Network, Network, Network: The old adage remains true today; It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Learn who offers no-cost small business assistance in your area.

For other valuable tips and tools to start, grow and succeed in business, AskBUZ.

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Find a Manufacturer in the United States with Maker’s Row

01/27/2014 Comments off

Made in America – easy to say, hard to do.  Or, maybe not.  A new website has been set up to assist businesses with ideas or new products in need of development and manufacturing.  Consider it small business seeking small businesses.

Services range from turning a sketch into formal drawings, to sourcing materials and creating prototypes, to full production.  Check out the website at MakersRow.

Links to Dayton, Ohio Business Networking Opportunities

01/16/2014 Comments off

There are several networking opportunities in the Dayton area for small business owners to take part in.  While we don’t endorse any one of these events, don’t be surprised if you show up and see an SBDC counselor in the crowd.  If you do, be sure to stop us and say hello!  (Have a networking event you would like to add? Send it to us.)

Don’t forget to register at sites like MeetUp, Eventbrite, and LinkedIn Groups.  These will keep you informed of upcoming events, training and gatherings in the area.

Women in Business Network

VOB Ohio – Veteran Owned Businesses of Ohio

Dayton Chamber of Commerce

South Metro Regional Chamber of Commerce

Christian Marketplace Networking

BNI Ohio

Dayton Area Professional Network

Miami Valley Network Professionals

YAR Networking

The Brady Bunch

The Engagement Station

The Business Network

AAF Dayton

Synergy Kitchen, a Resource for Local Food Entrepreneurs

10/28/2013 Comments off

If you are the proud owner of a food based small business, Synergy Kitchen, Dayton’s non-profit food business incubator, is here to help! Food entrepreneurs and established food businesses are encouraged to utilize this local resource, which includes a 10,000 square foot state-of-the-art certified commercial kitchen, packaging facility and various support services, to help grow their businesses. Synergy Kitchen can accommodate up to 20 different food service owners, all working at the same time, and is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. The packaging facility features hand assembled packaging rather than machine, creating jobs in downtown Dayton.

Please check out www.synergyincubators.com for more information.

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