Sweet Deals: Downtown Revitalization Grants Attract Small Businesses

The owners of Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop know a sweet deal when they see it.

Thanks to a small business economic development grant provided by city officials, the specialty candy and soda shop was able to renovate an old existing building in downtown Middletown and expand to another Ohio location. With five destinations – two in Pittsburgh and three now in Ohio — the store owners hope to become a regional attraction for old-fashioned glass-bottled specialty sodas, homemade donuts, ice cream and a giant selection of confections.

Middletown officials used a $10,000 grant as an incentive for Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop to re-invest and lease a 4,000 square-foot building that had been vacant for the past two years. For their part, the owners of Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop are investing $75,000 of their own money into the building while creating four full-time and 12 part-time jobs and a new payroll of $310,000 to aid the local economy.

The upside of creating a busy downtown business districts is borne out by the numbers. More than 108 million consumers across the country spent $12.9 billion during Small Business Saturday, the shopping holiday following Black Friday designed to increase patronage at independently owned community enterprises. Nearly 80 percent of those shoppers say they do so specifically to support small businesses.

The problem for small businesses has always been generating or locating enough capital to support themselves through the early stages of development. Finding funding can be tenuous and challenging for even the most forward-thinking of these entrepreneurs.

To make things easier, MWBEzone, a service of GrantWatch, lists the funding resources to direct small businesses and startups through the complex maze of financing opportunities at the federal, state and private levels. The listings include upcoming programs and deadlines, project descriptions and eligibility requirements.

Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of GrantWatch, said economic development agencies are eager to fund a wide spectrum of projects including downtown planning, affordable housing finance, technical assistance, capital infrastructure and workforce development that promote sustainable communities.

“Service sector business owners are important contributors to the economic base of any downtown district,” said Hikind. “And these businesses owners, in turn, have a vested interest in the success of the district and will serve as valuable ambassadors for the community.”

At each location, the owners say Grandpa Joes is committed to becoming an integral member of the local community. That means joining the Chamber of Commerce, sponsoring Little League teams, involvement in other activities and, in some cases, keeping the local staff that operated the store before.

Although government agencies provide most of the grants to small business owners looking to grow, Hikind said many corporations or large companies have a philanthropic division that offers financing opportunities to both for-profit and nonprofits servicing specific industries.

About the Author: Staff Writer for GrantWatch.com

Six Ideas to Grow Your Nonprofit or Small Business

 

 

 

 

 

 

We  have multiple ideas to grow your nonprofit or small business. GrantWatch and its affiliates make them easy by providing platforms for searching for funding, acquiring funding, and promoting your organization.

6 ideas to grow your nonprofit or small business:

  1. Identify the program goals and timeline of your organization
  2. Search for grants that may fulfill those goals on GrantWatch.com and MWBEzone.com
  3. Hire a grant writer to help you create a grants calendar, and write/complete or review your written applications on GrantWriterTeam.com
  4. Create a crowdfunding project on Uhelp
  5. Develop your social media presence to attract contributors to your crowdfunding project
  6. Write an article about your organization on GrantNews.press.

First, it is most important to identify your program goals and to create a timeline of your organization. This means, if you’re a nonprofit, identify why you are looking for funding. What will the money go towards and what is an overall, encompassing goal? By when do you plan to have your program up and running? This is also to be taken into consideration.

Use GrantWatch.com and MWBEzone.com to locate funding. One subscription gives you both. These sites help you search for grants for nonprofits or small businesses. MWBEzone is geared toward small businesses. You can search from categories ranging from Aging/Seniors to Youth/Out-Of-School Youth. Once you’ve identified grants of interest, buy a subscription to GrantWatch.com to view the grants in their entirety and get the funding source information.

Now, it’s time to get a grant writer. A grant writer from GrantWriterTeam.com can assist you with tasks such as creating a grants calendar to be aware of all deadlines. He/she will also help you write your grant proposal(s). This means that they may write different sections of the proposal, the whole proposal, or review a proposal that you prepared.

Why stop there? While applying for grants is the traditional way for nonprofits to acquire funding, the GrantWatch.com enterprise includes a crowdfunding platform. At Uhelp, your organization can create a crowdfunding campaign and open it up for the public to fund. Many nonprofits and small businesses have already created campaigns with us, but it is important to remember that you must proactively promote your campaign.

One way to do this is through a strong social media presence. Create a blog page where you post up-to-date blog posts about your efforts. These posts can be about how you are working towards new and improved programming at your nonprofit or small business. You can use the ideas from your grant proposal to write blog posts. Then, post these posts to your social media accounts like at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, among others. Grow your friends’ list, too. Upload your contacts to your social media accounts and ask them to be your friend or connection.

Lastly, publicize your organization, your struggles,needs and successes, and your attempts at funding on GrantNews.press. Many organizations have already interviewed with our copywriter and editor to have promotional write-ups about them in the newspaper. GrantNews.press welcomes articles about:

  • New trends within the nonprofit and small business communities
  • Grant writing, crowdfunding, and social media tips to share
  • A model initiative.

For examples of previous write-ups, check out some of the following articles:

Bottomless Closet – Meet the New Executive Director

Hattiesburg Arts Council

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Get the Eye of the Tiger: Motivation Methods from MWBEzone

Happy #MotivationMonday! Motivation is a crucial to project success at work. With Thanksgiving just a few days away, the excitement for that glorious day off can strip even the hardest worker of sustainable motivation.

In celebration of the #MotivationMonday before Turkey Day, MWBEzone has three methods for motivation to share with all of our incredible customers:


1. Figure out what really inspires you.

If you are passionate about something, you are more likely to devote more time, energy and attention to it. This is as simple as finding something you really enjoy about your work and using that to constantly push harder. Maybe you’re ready to find a new passion; focus, visualize and go at it full force. Keep pushing and keep working towards what is important to you.

2. Set specific goals.

A great way to get your brain into accomplishment mode is to start the day with small victories, like making your bed in the morning, as discussed by Admiral William McRaven (author of Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World). Set specific goals to achieve throughout the day, month, year, etc. A short-term goal could be running an extra mile during your workout to clear your mind, while a long-term goal may be saving a larger percentage of your paycheck every month for retirement. Maintaining a clear schedule of tasks and goals will ensure you always have something to work on–something that will move you toward your passion (see method one).

3. Reward yourself for a job well done.

Positive reinforcement is critical to staying positive and feeling good about the work you’re completing. Of course, the level of positive reinforcement is different for everyone. For one person, this may mean getting a massage after signing a new client. For another, this may mean purchasing a new outfit or power tool after completing a particularly difficult work week. After achieving one of your goals (see method two), treat yourself to a delicious piece of chocolate or a glass of wine.

Whatever positive reinforcement means to you, make sure you’ve really earned it. Otherwise, the reward will not suitably motivate you. More than anything, don’t be too hard on yourself. Maintaining motivation is hard, but a reward can make it all worth it.


To all of our MWBEzone subscribers, happy #MotivationMonday! As your #1 resource for small-business grants and government contracts, we hope your motivation continues to Thanksgiving!

About the Author: Lianne Hikind the a staff writer for MWBEzone.

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3 Stress-Eliminating Tips for #NationalStressAwarenessDay

Workplace-related stress, like anything else, can be frustrating. You work hard and put effort and passion into your work every day. Under pressure, though, everything can become overwhelming.

Here at MWBEzone, we understand that workplace stress can be aggravating and we want to help, in any way that we can, make your workday a bit less stressful. So, in honor of #NationalStressAwarenessDay, and to ease your burden, here are three everyday tips for decreasing workplace stress:

1. Calm down both the brain and the body by using breathing exercises when you begin feeling anxious/overwhelmed. One such exercise is 4-7-8 breathing:

a. Place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth, right behind your front teeth.

b. Breathe in through your nose for a count of 4.

c. Hold your breath for a count of 7.

d. Release your breath from your mouth with a whooshing sound for a count of 8.

e. Without a break, breathe in again for a count of 4, repeating the entire technique 3-4 times in a row, then resume normal breathing and activity.

2. When you start stressing about everything you need to accomplish throughout the day, destress by planning ten minutes at a time. This allows for complete focus on each task in ten-minute increments and eliminates stress-related mental blocks when there is work to be done.

3. Make sure that your diet is not the culprit, as massive amounts of sugar throughout the day can cause energy crashes and spike stress responses. Sticking to a balanced, nutritious diet can make you feel better and keep your blood sugar stable. According to a study done by Harvard Medical School, the right diet can also boost memory, making it crucial to remembering and accomplishing all the tasks on your to-do list. (Disclaimer: Consult your doctor about making any radical changes to your diet.)

While these tips are effective in decreasing your workplace stress, there is only one way to fully celebrate #NationalStressAwarenessDay: RELAX!

About the Author: Lianne Hikind is a staff writer for MWBEzone.

3 Keys to Peak Productivity

Here at GrantWatch, we believe that productivity can always be improved. So, this week for #WednesdayWisdom, we have three tips for increasing your middle-of-the-week productivity.

  1. Create a to-do list as soon as you get into work, separating quick tasks from lengthier ones. This helps you prioritize the tasks and declutter the brain before you begin to tackle your work. Getting easier/smaller tasks finished early in the day may increase motivation to completing more mentally-tasking assignments throughout the day.
  2. Organize each task into specific time slots: assign yourself slots of time for each task. It’s easy to fall into that middle-of-the-week slump when it comes to your workload; make it easier to accomplish individual tasks by assigning yourself a realistic, but specific, amount of time to finish your assignment. Bonus points if you manage to get tasks accomplished early!
  3. Take a five-minute walk break when you find yourself unable to focus. Sometimes, when focus slips, the best thing to do is physically get up (if your type of work allows for it) and just walk around (inside or outside the office) to get your brain working again.

About the Author: Lianne Hikind is a staff writer for MWBEzone.

National Toasted Marshmallow Day: 4 Sweet Facts About MWBEzone

Here at MWBEzone, we love sweet treats almost as much as the even sweeter unofficial holidays like National Toasted Marshmallow Day! According to The National Day Calendar, this unofficial holiday is sponsored by The National Confectioners Association. You may be wondering how to celebrate this delicious-sounding day. Sure, there are many paths to the nirvana that is a toasted marshmallow, but all the best things in life are shared. Get some friends together, make s’mores and have a ton of fun!

Now, not to sound to cliché, but we would be remiss if we did not “cut the fluff” and explain why, even with the distraction of deliciously toasted marshmallows, MWBEzone is the best grant resource for small businesses and individuals.

Just a few fun facts that make MWBEZone almost as good as a toasted marshmallow:

1. Constant Updates

MWBEzone has an ever-growing list of up-to-date and archived grants, funding opportunities, awards and contracts for small businesses and individuals.

2. Easy Service

MWBEzone associates are always looking to make the grant-searching process seamless by translating complicated grant and contract language into layman’s terms, making it easier for you to find the exact grant you need.

3. Sourced Material

MWBEzone ensures that all its content is current and relevant by researching over 10,000 websites and collecting data from government agencies, foundations and corporations.

5. Membership Benefits

When you subscribe to GrantWatch, you also receive access to MWBEzone. The subscription provides access to our comprehensive contract and grant summaries, the full contact details for the funding source and links to their website from both GrantWatch and MWBEzone.

All in all, MWBEzone may not be as sticky as a toasted marshmallow, but the benefits of being a customer are certainly just as sweet. Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day! Thank you for being a valued customer.


Grants for Small Businesses and Individuals on MWBEzone

Grants to New York City Businesses for Employee Training Programs

Grants starting at $10,000 to New York City businesses to provide employees with training programs. Interested businesses must submit a pre-application prior to submitting a full application.

Deadline: 12/15/17

Grants to USA IHEs, Nonprofits, For-Profits and Agencies for Scientific Conferences Relating to Public Health

Grants to USA and territories IHEs, nonprofits, for-profits, and government agencies to support high-quality scientific conferences related to public health. A conference is defined as a seminar, symposium, workshop, or any other formal, organized meeting where individuals assemble or meet virtually to exchange relevant information. 

Deadline: 12/12/17 5:00 PM (local time of applicant organization) – For Standard Application

Grants to USA Agencies, IHEs, Organizations, Corporations, and Individuals for Research on Specialty Crops

Grants to USA government agencies, IHEs, research institutions, private organizations and corporations, cooperative extension services, and individuals to address critical needs within the specialty crop industry.

Deadline: 12/08/17 5:00 PM ET Receipt

Grants to North Dakota For-Profits and Individuals to Develop New Agricultural Processing Technology

Grants to North Dakota for-profit companies, groups, and individuals in the value-added agricultural industry for technological innovations. Funding may be used for the development of prototype technologies that improve agricultural product quality, processing, and production. 

Deadline: 12/01/17

About the Author: Lianne Hikind is a staff writer for MWBEzone.

Man Crush Monday: Carl Guardino

Join us in celebrating MWBEzone’s Man Crush Monday! This week’s business leader is Carl Guardino, President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG), a public policy business trade association. SVLG represents more than “400 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality and the environment” (svlg.org).

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group was originally founded by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard in 1978 and generates over $3 trillion in revenue every year. Guardino served as Vice President of the company from 1991 to 1995 and became the CEO of the group in 1997. As the association’s Chief Executive Officer and a member on the California Transportation Commission, Carl Guardino is fully committed to fulfilling SVLG’s mission: “to engage CEOs and Senior Officers, who compete in a global economy – in proactive, positive efforts that strengthen Silicon Valley and America’s competitiveness for the Innovation Economy and benefit the employees, families and communities in which our Member Company employees live and work” (Kimberly Ellis, Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing).

In addition to improving the quality of life, Guardino and SLVG are dedicated to educating business leaders of tomorrow through their 13 Women and Girls Leadership Summits held at 13 underserved middle schools throughout California, interacting with over 3,000 young women. This fall, the association will provide its first Young Men’s Leadership Summit in East San Jose.

The point is simple yet stunning – it is hard to overcome adversity. Too many low-income kids go to school hungry, have language barriers, are raised by single parents, are confronted by crime and may have inadequate or over-crowded housing.

Kids need – and deserve – to meet successful adults with shared experiences that they can emulate. They need you, and me, as role models and mentors. (Carl Guardino, President and CEO of SLVG)

 

A shout out to you, Carl Guardino, for improving the quality of life for youth and societies in everything you have done and will continue to do: 

  • Co-creating the Housing Trust Silicon Valley, helping 25,000 people afford housing
  • Founding the annual Thanksgiving Day Applied Materials "Silicon Valley Turkey Trot," raising almost $7 million for local charities
  • Establishing "Heart and Soles 5K," placing salad bars in Silicon Valley public schools

 

Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of GrantWatch and MWBEzone, is also committed to empowering business leaders of tomorrow and improving the quality of life in underserved neighborhoods. Check out our ever-expanding inventory of current funding opportunities for grants that will help children and communities meet their full potential.

Youth Grants

Grants to USA Youth to Support Volunteer Service Projects and Events

Grants of up to $500 to USA youth (up to age 19) for youth-initiated and youth-led activities addressing issues in the areas of environment, democracy and equality, health, and community.

Deadline: Ongoing


In-Kind Equipment Grants to USA Organizations for Youth Baseball and Softball Programs

In-kind equipment grants to local USA organizations to support youth baseball and softball programming. Applications will be considered from organizations that are starting new programs or expanding existing programs. Grantees will receive free baseball and softball equipment, primarily balls, bats, helmets, tee ball sets, catcher’s gear, and basis.

Deadline: Ongoing


Grants to USA Youth Track and Field and Running Clubs to Enhance Youth Sports Programs

Grants to USA youth track and field and running clubs to enhance programs and experiences for youth in sports programs. Priority will be given to applicants who are located in low-income areas. 

Deadline: 12/31/17


Quality-of-Life Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies to Address Low-Income Housing Health Risks

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies to improve community health and well-being by addressing risks associated with low-income housing. Primary emphasis is placed on improving health equity for individuals residing in low-income neighborhoods, and enhancing health for whole communities. 

Deadline: Ongoing


Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Water, Recycling, Health, and Education Programs

Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits for programs that encourage healthy and sustainable communities. Programs may fall in the areas of community recycling, water stewardship, education, and healthy living. Funding is intended to improve the quality of life in the communities where the funding source does business.

Deadline: Ongoing


Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies to Address Low-Income Housing Health Risks

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies to improve community health and well-being by addressing risks associated with low-income housing. 

Deadline: Ongoing

About the Author: Kayli Tomasheski is a Copy Editor for MWBEzone.

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Featuring Joi Gordon

GrantWatch and MWBEzone were specifically looking for an organization to crush on for Woman Crush Wednesday that has a strong history of empowering women in the workforce. What better nonprofit to choose than Dress for Success, currently led by Joi Gordon.

Joi left her legal career to take over for founder Nancy Lublin, who started Dress for Success in 1996 with a $5,000 inheritance from her great-grandfather Max. Nancy turned his gift into one that is still giving and empowering women today.

Read Libby’s interview with Executive Director Joi Gordon and then check out GrantWatch’s grants and MWBEzone’s grants specifically geered towards women and female empowerment.


How is Dress for Success still carrying on its original vision/mission and how has it diverged with the times?

This year, Dress for Success celebrates 20 years. We have grown from a tiny operation in a basement of a church in Manhattan to an international organization that has served over one million women, with affiliates in 150 cities across 26 countries. As an organization, we have grown and transformed along with our women to offer a full continuum of services that goes far beyond the suit. Our programs offer women the tools they need to achieve our original mission for all women to become economically independent and to thrive in their lives and communities.

Most recently in collaboration with FedEx, we launched The Career Hub, an innovative digital platform, which will provide access to online learning and workforce development resources for women through their computers or smart phones. This program evolution will enable clients and affiliates of Dress for Success to interface with a high-quality educational resource coupled with shared access to opportunities. Now more women will have the option to access our courses remotely and from the comfort of their own homes. The Career Hub will continue to evolve with Dress for Success as it provides a pathway to bolster affiliate programmatic implementation and execution, enrich the professional development of all of its members, include industry-specific career mapping, descriptions of career opportunities on a job board, postings of up-and-coming webinars, employment vacancies and skill-based training classes.

When we look to the next 20 years, we see that journey continue to evolve so that each and every woman can achieve her fullest potential. We are about opening doors and creating opportunities. We still have more work to do, and it will take all of us working together to realize our vision and achieve our mission.

What 1, 2 or 3 accomplishments of your time at Dress for Success are you most proud?

I am most proud of the 1,000,000 women that have come through our doors and have found their own paths to success. The majority of the women we serve are single moms, so in reality I’d say 3,000,000 children’s lives are now directly impacted by their mother’s ability to remain self-sufficient and employed. Watching these strong, courageous and brave women has given me strength over the past 20 years and I am so proud of them.

I am also most proud of the global impact Dress for Success has had on women all over the world. To think, we started with just one location 20 years ago and now we are striving for the same vision and mission in over 26 countries. It is truly amazing. Our vision is a world where women do not live in poverty; are treated with dignity and respect; and are strengthening their families and shaping their communities.

And last but not least, I am proud of the hundreds of young women who have worked with and for me over the years. For many, this was their first job out of school and it has been wonderful to track their success and see their accomplishments as they shape their careers.

How did Nancy Lublin pass the baton to you? Any small anecdote about that meeting or about yourself starting the work that you do so well?

Almost since the beginning of Dress for Success, Nancy and I were side by side. I served on her Board of Directors and saw the life-changing work she was doing first-hand. When she was ready to move on, I was ready to move in. This year, we honored Nancy Lublin for her remarkable work at our 20th Anniversary Gala. In her acceptance speech, she said, “My one operating principal for everything I have ever done is kindness.” That is where I felt I aligned so closely with Nancy and that is one of the core principles that I have led this organization with for the past 18 years.

Has Dress for Success received any grants or funding from sources other than individual philanthropists? From which funding sources and for what types of programs?

Dress for Success Worldwide receives grants and funding from diverse sources, including corporate social responsibility programs, workforce giving, foundation grants and in-kind products and services. Significant supporters include Talbots, Pandora, and Walmart. Walmart was a signature partner in establishing our workforce development program called Going Places Network. This is a national safety-net program for women who receive suiting services from Dress for Success for an upcoming interview, but do not land the job. We work with each individual client through the Going Places Network to enhance their cover letters and resumes, develop an individual career plan with a job specialist, and hold career panels where they can network with hiring managers at major companies.

The new Dress for Success “boutique” of The Palm Beaches, organized by Volunteers from The Container Store.  “Dress for Success Palm Beaches was thrilled when they offered to organize the new “boutique” that houses our professional attire.”-standfor.containerstore.com

Once a low income woman obtains an interview suit, what happens after she gets the job?  What support systems are there for her and for her daily wardrobe? Are the clothes totally free?

Our women are referred to us through partnering agencies and must have a job interview lined up to be suited. Prior to her interview, we invite her into our boutique where she is styled from head to toe. We offer her suits, dresses, shoes, handbags, jewelry, beauty products and anything else she may need (absolutely free of charge). After the interview, if she gets the job, we provide her with enough wardrobe pieces for a five-day work week. If she doesn’t get the job, we sign her up for the Going Places Network where she receives resume-building tips, mock interview training and assistance with her job search.

Are women pre-qualified based on their income level or is Dress for Success open to all women?

Dress for Success is open to absolutely any and every woman. It doesn’t matter where you come from or who you are, we all go through challenges and, regardless of our circumstances, we weather storms. We are all just one misstep away from needing help. Dress for Success is here to support women and build them up from the inside-out, no matter where they come from and what their current circumstance may be.

What message would you want to impart to organizations providing services and programs for women?  What is missing out there?

Dress for Success supports like-minded organizations that are focused on helping women gain self-sufficiency. Whether these organizations are focused on women’s health, housing, family services, skills training or leadership, our collective job is to relay to the philanthropic community how important a holistic approach is to empowering women and how little funding is made available towards that work. As a global organization, we see first-hand that women between the ages of 16 and 65 years old need access to work opportunities. By becoming economically independent, adult women create an aggregated circle of beneficiaries – their families gain income security, their communities gain a robust workforce, and most importantly, the cycle of poverty is eventually broken.

How do you think I, Libby Hikind, and any of the six websites I have founded could work with Dress for Success to further empower women and women’s organizations?

There are so many ways you and any of your readers can get involved with Dress for Success:

  • Give confidence with monetary donations. The monetary donations we receive directly support the development of our programs that offer our women the tools they need to achieve and sustain a lifetime of success.
  • Donate nearly new professional attire to your local affiliate. This includes clothing, accessories and beauty products.
  • Volunteer your time. Assist with our suiting program and style women for their upcoming interviews or join our career center. You can help boost her confidence through mock interviewing, provide her with resume tips that set her up for success or sign up as a speaker at our professional development workshops.
  • Spread the word and empower more women in your community! Help us spread our mission by engaging with our social channels @dressforsuccess.

If you were called to testify before the House or Senate , what types of programs and funding would you suggest to stimulate the economy by providing a more skilled female workforce? What roadblocks are still present for low and middle income female workers?

I would suggest skills training and workforce entry programs for women 25-65 years old and leadership programs for adult women, so they can move to upper management and executive roles–not just entry-level or mid-level positions. What’s equally important to developing a skilled workforce of women are making innovative changes to issues like the minimum wage, maternity and family leave, access to higher education, health insurance for all and pathway development for women’s leadership in the public and private sector. Typically, women’s participation in the workforce is negatively affected by periods of unemployment due to childcare/family care responsibilities, lesser salaries than male counterparts for the same job, the lack of available income and time to attend or return to school, the lack of health insurance for themselves and their children in addition to the cost of high premiums, and the lack of visible leaders and change-makers to mentor other women in almost every industry.  With the absence of change in the issues listed above, roadblocks will remain not just for low and middle income female workers but for all women who are participating in the workforce.

Describe Dress for Success in one paragraph.

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to 150 cities in 26 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 1,000,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more.

About the Author: Libby Hikind is the CEO of GrantWatch.

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Featuring Barbara Corcoran

 

MWBEzone.com‘s Woman Crush Wednesday is one of the most captivating business leaders of our time: Barbara Corcoran. You probably recognize her as the sharp-witted “Shark” investor on ABC‘s Shark Tank who turned a $1,000 loan into a $5 billion business. Barbara’s immense success results from years of hard work, dedication and perseverance. Her determination is an inspiration for women in small business and female entrepreneurs.

Corcoran graduated college in 1971 with a degree in education. She was a teacher for just one year before dedicating herself to becoming her own boss. She co-founded The Corcoran Group, a real estate company in Manhattan, NY. She began exploring her talents in journalism in the mid-1970s, publishing real estate trends in New York City on The Corcoran Report. Our favorite “Shark” is also a real estate contributor to NBC’s Today Show, the host of The Millionaire Broker with Barbara Corcoran on CNBC, and a columnist for More MagazineNew York Daily NewsThe Daily Review and RedbookCorcoran has written several books and has been featured in multiple television shows, such as Larry King Live. She is also a business consultant via her consulting and television production business, Barbara Corcoran Inc. Corcoran sold her business to NRT Incorporated in 2001 for $66 million and is currently invested in more than twenty businesses.


If you are a woman who shares Barbara’s dream of becoming your own boss, it’s never too late. Bring your dreams to life! Browse funding opportunities for women in small business on MWBEzone.com. Launch a UHelp campaign and work with an expert crowdfunding mentor to raise funds in support of your start-up!

Grants for Women in Small Business

Grants to USA and Canada Women Entrepreneurs to Start a Business or Grow an Existing Business

Grants of $500 to USA and Canada women entrepreneurs to start a business or develop an existing business.

Deadline: Ongoing – One grant is awarded each month


Opportunity for USA Female Veterans and Military Spouses or Partners to Attend an Entrepreneurship Training Program

Opportunity for USA female veterans and female military spouses or partners to attend a small business management and entrepreneurship program.

Deadline: Ongoing

Create a UHelp Campaign to Support Your Small Business Dreams

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Corcoran

https://www.facebook.com/TheBarbaraCorcoran/

About the Author: Staff Writer for MWBEzone.com

Man Crush Monday: Afterburner CEO Jim Murphy

It's Man Crush Monday on MWBEzone.com. This week, our spotlight is on Jim Murphy, Founder and CEO of Afterburner, an International consulting firm with offices in the United States and  Australia. Murphy launched Afterburner, Inc. in 1996, bringing his dreams of running a successful small business to life. As a former F-15 Instructor Pilot for the United States Airforce, Jim Murphy is an inspiring role model for veterans returning to the business world.

Based in Atlanta, GA, Afterburner is now one of Forbes' top 25 Best Small Companies and generates around $8.5 million in revenue every year. The company is run by former US military that served in elite combat units, such as Navy SEALs and Green Berets, and specializes in "teaching clients how to define and execute a business strategy with a military-inspired approach to teamwork" (Forbes). Afterburner offers a variety of services such as consulting and workshops, training and team building, and inspirational keynote programs. 

Regardless of the extensive size of clientele, events and programs, Afterburner is a small business created and owned by a multi-talented veteran who hatched an idea and carried it through to the end. We congratulate you, Jim Murphy, and wish you 20 more years of immense success.

Transitions: A Field Guide for Military Professionals and Veterans Seeking Leadership Positions in the Business World

Transitions: A Field Guide for Military Professionals and Veterans Seeking Leadership Positions in the Business World

Are you or someone you know a veteran interested in starting a small business? Browse the grant listings on MWBEzone.com to discover funding opportunities that will help you achieve your goals!  

Grants for Veterans

In-Kind Services to Greater New Orleans, Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurs for Business Development

In-kind business development services to Greater New Orleans, Louisiana individual entrepreneurs who have served (or are currently serving) in the USA armed forces. 

Deadline: Ongoing 

Intensive Business Course and Mentoring Program for USA Family Members of Military Veterans

An intensive business course opportunity is available to USA family members of post-911 military veterans with disabilities.

Deadline: Ongoing


Grants for Small Business 

Grants to Corporations, Business Organizations, and Agencies for the Development of Wind Energy Projects

Grants to Massachusetts business organizations, corporations, limited liability companies, and federal, state, and local agencies for the development of wind energy projects. Funding is intended to promote the State's goals of developing a robust economy and clean environment. 

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to New York City Businesses for Employee Training Programs

Grants starting at $10,000 to New York City businesses to provide employees with training programs. Interested businesses must submit a pre-application prior to submitting a full application.

Deadline: 12/15/17


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