Compare to the Competition

On, you'll find grants for small businesses. If you’re running a small business, try these 3 things and see how you compare to the competition:

  1. Commitment
  2. Resilience of spirit
  3. Fill a need


Often, opening a business can be uncertain. Will I succeed right away? Will it take a while? How long? Will I fail altogether? These are all questions that will haunt you when opening a business, and thereafter. A business takes commitment. You must understand that your schedule may fill up or open up at a moment’s notice. You may need to put in extra hours at work – a lot of extra hours. A smart entrepreneur is brave enough to take on the responsibility.


After getting committed, a business owner has to stay committed. William Hickson, a 19th-century poet said, “If at first, you don’t succeed – try again.” You’ve probably heard this old adage applied to many things. It rings true for success in business, too. For example, when making a sale, persistence is key. Likewise, when trying to grow a business, resilience is necessary. There will be failures and shortcomings but make a strong business plan (with the consultation of an expert) and stick to it.

Fill a Need

Last, it helps your business if your product or service fills a need. For example, I was out at lunch the other day and a delivery guy from a local restaurant delivery service came into the restaurant to pick up a meal for someone. My friend commented “They really filled a need in the market.” This was true. There was a need to get food delivered from restaurants that didn’t traditionally have delivery services. An entrepreneur identified the need and filled it!

If you’re a small business owner, consider applying to some of the following grants.

Grants to Brookings, South Dakota Nonprofits and For-Profits for Events to Promote Tourism

Deadline: 10/01/2016

Grants to Kentucky Farmers, Nonprofits, and For-Profits to Expand Small Farm Operations

Deadline 1: 10/01/16; Deadline 2: 12/01/16; Deadline 3: 02/01/17; Deadline 4: 04/01/17

Grants to Nebraska Nonprofits, Agencies, and For-Profits for Environmental Education

Deadline: 10/07/16 

Grants to Lane County, Oregon Individuals, Groups, and Organizations for Arts and Cultural Activities

Deadline: 10/14/2016

Awards to Howard County, Maryland Individuals and Businesses for Exemplary Contributions to the Arts

Deadline: 10/26/2016

Grants to Biloxi Area, Mississippi Small Businesses for Activities to Support their Growth

Deadline: 10/27/2016

Grants to Washoe County, Nevada Vendors for Events that Promote and Benefit Local Tourism

Deadline: 11/03/16

Grants to Israel Nonprofits and Businesses to Develop Innovative and Successful Social Projects

Deadline: 12/01/16; LOI Date: 10/01/16

MWBEzone is a place to find grants and awards for small businesses, individuals, researchers, teachers, and other categories. 

Infuse Our National Economy

Are you a small business looking for grants? Maybe your loans are drying up and business is a little slow. Get a grant to help boost your funds! MWBEzone is your source for individual and small business grants for minorities and women. Specifically, we have grants for small business for economic development from multiple states.

Economic Development

There are a lot of ways to infuse a nation’s economy. One of those ways is the growth of small businesses. Small business can be improved upon in multiple ways. This can be done through small business technical assistance programs or job skills training and retraining programs. There are grants available for both forms of improvement and more. Subscribe to and read the grants details of the following grants listed at

Grant to a Delaware Nonprofit or For-Profit for a Web-Based Student Testing System

Grants and Tax Credits to Missouri Nonprofits and Businesses for Community Services and Revitalization

Grants to Connecticut Agencies and Businesses for Tie-Up Facilities for Recreational Boaters

Grants to Grand County, Utah Individuals, Businesses or Nonprofits to Increase Tourism

Grants to Kansas Nonprofits, Businesses for Preservation, Restoration of Historic Properties

Grants to Kansas Nonprofits, Businesses for Preservation, Restoration of Historic Properties

Grants to Maine Agricultural Producers for Farm Energy Conservation Assistance

Grants to Maine Nonprofits for Economic Development, Social Welfare and Community Enrichment

Grants to Miami Beach, Florida Nonprofits and For-Profits for Programs that Promote Local Tourism Year-Round

Grants to Montana Nonprofits and Businesses for Historical, Philosophical and Ethics Programs

Grants to Sweetwater County, Wyoming Nonprofits to Promote Tourism Locally
Grants to USA, Canada and International Nonprofits for Research that Benefits Latin Americans
Grants to USA, Canada, and International Research Institutions for Research on New Alzheimer's Drugs

Grants to Vermont Agencies, Boatyards, and Marinas to Improve Leisure Boat Facilities

Grants to Vermont Agencies, Marinas for New or Enhanced Leisure Boat Pumpout Stations

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Agencies for Early Childcare Outreach and Resources

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Public Agencies to Improve Childcare Quality

Grants to Yukon Nonprofits, Businesses, and Individuals for Tourism Professional Development
Prize to an EU or Foreign Individual, Organization, or Nonprofit for a Novel Medical Test


Economic Development

Read Economic Development from the State and Local Perspective by David J. Robinson. In this book, the author discusses how public to private partnerships and strategies originating from state and local levels help to create new jobs and reinvigorate the economy. is a sister-site to MWBEzone and the primary grant search engine. Every grants at MWBEzone redirects you to a GrantWatch ID. In order to view the entire details of the grant, subscribe to GrantWatch for one of the pricing and plans. 

Entrepreneurship Do’s and Don’ts








As a small business owner, it is important to remember how you started. And if you’re a new business owner or want to open a business, it is important to know how to start. is where to find grants for small businesses and startups. Here are some pointers any entrepreneur can find useful:

1) Save!

Make sure that you have enough money for the present and the future. You have bills to pay and employees to compensate. Make sure you can afford at least 6 months of bills and paychecks into the future. Having this leeway gives you piece of mind and prepares you for lulls in business. Let’s say your income falls one month, as opposed to the month before. If you have the rent money saved, you can still afford to keep your storefront.

2) Eliminate Bad Employees

Don’t hesitate to do so. You are a brand and your employees are your brand’s face. If your face is marred, how does that make your brand look? Don’t wait to fire bad employees who reverse sales and do things like recommending your competitor! You can’t get rid of these guys fast enough. Make room for employees who will drive sales and don’t let your customer leave empty-handed.

3) Motivate Good Employees

On the flip side, provide adequate motivation for your top performing employees. Keep them challenged with incentives and compensate them. For example, providing commission is a great way to incentivize your workers. If they know money is on the line, they are sure to work harder, smarter, and faster. Remember to follow through on your promises of commission. Don’t tell them they will receive extra cash for a task and then change the task. Getting commission shouldn’t be a game of cat and mouse for your employees.

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4) Be Decisive

As a business owner, you will field all sorts of questions so, it’s important to be clear. When you answer a question about a service that you do not provide, it’s OK to say “no” and try to provide an alternative. If you are wishy-washy and unclear about whether or not you can help the customer, they will just be left confused. Most probably, they will return to ask you, again. In other cases, it is best to decisively say “yes,” when you do carry a product or service a customer asks about. No sense to beat around the bush, then, right? Make the sale!

5) The Customer’s Always Right

You may already know this but – live by it. If you failed to carry a product or provide a service that was promised, own up to it. Never enter a dispute with the customer. Provide possible dates the product or service will be available. And if a product or service was provided but, not to the customer’s satisfaction, ask how you can make them happy.


MWBEzone is for small business owners and individuals across the nation. Originally, it was started for minority and women business owners but it has now become the go-to place for small business grants. Remember to search using the categories, geographic focus, and funding source.