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. 

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