Prudential Financial to Invest $180 Million for Workforce Development Initiatives for Young Adults

Prudential Financial Inc. (PRU) announced it is committing more than $180 million through 2025 to support teens and young adults from age 15 through age 29 worldwide who lack access to school, training, or regular jobs.

This segment of the population is often referred to as "opportunity youth," and Prudential said that this is the largest financial private-sector investment in this group. 

"Businesses like ours have a role to play in ensuring that global economic progress benefits all members of tomorrow's workforce," said Prudential Chairman and Chief Executive Charles Lowrey.

Prudential said its investment will help teens and young adults across the globe gain the right skills to compete for and succeed in quality jobs. 

This population segment accounts for 350 million people worldwide and Prudential said this investment will support dedicated partnerships through grants, corporate contributions, and impact investments to improve financial security for youth in more than 70 countries. 

GrantWatch and it's sister site for small business, minority and women owned businesses, MWBEzone, both list workforce development grants for nonprofits and small businesses.  These grants are to run programs that will teach people of all ages how to gain marketable skills to increase their employability. Workforce development grants provide for programs that assist veterans, youth, displaced workers, women and immigrants to enter, remain in and advance in the workplace through career education, career training, solve workforce shortages, and promote workforce health. 

Many grants for workforce development are state specific, like the below for Texas and North Carolina. 

Grants to South Plains Area, Texas Nonprofits for Basic Needs, Education, Youth, and Social Services, Deadline: 8/01/2019 

Grants of up to $10,000 to Texas nonprofit organizations for local community benefit initiatives in Lubbock and the surrounding South Plains area. Grants may be made for programs and projects in the areas of civic, social, and economic development; education and youth; and basic needs and self-sufficiency. The Foundation's primary focus at this time is creating pathways out of poverty and alleviating the impact of poverty on individuals and families. Grants may be made for start-up funding, general operating support, program support, and demonstration programs. 

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits for Programs that Address Issues Affecting Women in Greensboro, Deadline: 7/29/2019

Grants of up to $70,000 to Greensboro, North Carolina nonprofits for innovative programs that support local women and foster their economic independence and self-sufficiency. Applicants must submit a letter of intent before applying. Priority will be given to organizations that are working on collaboration and the alignment of services. 
 

There are currently 250 grants listed for workforce development on MWBEzone, as well as 25 college scholarship opportunities.  

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About the Author: The author is a staff writer for MWBEzone.com

Find Grants for Businesses Versus Grants for Nonprofits, GrantWatch Versus MWBEzone

If your organization is a for-profit then MWBEzone is the place for you to search for grants. When searching for a business grant for the common good go to MWBEzone,  the sister site of GrantWatch, is the grant listing site to choose. I

You can also get to the MWBEzone.com site by going to the "Business Grants" button at the top of the GrantWatch website.

GrantWatch Business Button Takes You To MWBEZone Site

MWBEzone.com is for small businesses, minorities, women, veterans, and enterprises. 

In general, there are more grant opportunities for nonprofits, but there are also thousands of grants for businesses, enterprises, and special interest groups like women and minorities as well. MWBEzone includes thousands of grants to choose from, and new ones are added daily. 

Which Site to Choose:

Say you're a researcher investigating issues affecting women, but you're self-employed, then MWBEzone is the place to look.

If you're a doctor and own your own clinic;  a journalist; a film-maker; or you're employed by a university, but it's not a nonprofit, MWBEzone is also the place to look for grant opportunities. 

Grant Search Tips 

The search tools are virtually the same for both sites. Here are some tips for searching on our websites that pertain to both MWBEzone and GrantWatch as well.

Search by location: First, there are grant listings for grants from all over the world, so to avoid looking through thousands of grants, narrow down your search by your location. You do this with the "Choose Location" button on the toolbar. 

MWBEzone.com, Change Location Instructions

Then find and choose your state. MWBEzone.com only lists grants for the United States and territories, so if you have an international business, look under the "international" category heading on GrantWatch. 

So, for this search, I chose to look for grants in Alaska

Categories on MWBEzoneSearch by category: Another way to narrow down your search is by category. Choose a category from the list on the right side of the screen.

Think of several categories that pertain to you and write them down to try next. 

Once you find a grant you're eligible for, save it in your grants calendar. The grants calendar lists grants by application due date, so you won't miss a deadline, and you can prioritize the order in which you write your grant proposals. 

In addition, once you've been using the website for a while, you can go to "New Grants," and only search through grants that have come up recently. 

Pay Attention to Deadlines: 

You might find a grant that sounds perfect for you, only to see that the deadline is too soon for you to apply. 

For this search, I looked at the category, Aging/Seniors, and I found one of those rare sought after grant listings, my favorites, ones with "Deadline: Ongoing." 

Deadlines

Grants to Alaska Nonprofits, Corporations, and Agencies to Benefit Residents Affected by Mental Illness, Disabilities, and Alcoholism 

Deadline: Ongoing 

Grants ranging from $10,000 to $75,000 to Alaska nonprofit organizations, corporations, foundations, government agencies, and tribal entities to benefit individuals with mental illness. Funding is intended to support pilot programs, capital construction projects, prevention, and early intervention services for residents throughout the State who have developmental disabilities, mental disorders, Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injuries, and substance-related disorders.

Unlike this great opportunity, which is closing very soon: 

Grants to USA Investigators for Small Research Projects on Medical Issues Affecting Women

Deadline: 04/05/2019

Grants of $25,000 to USA MD and Ph.D. investigators at accredited academic institutions or nonprofit medical research institutions for short-term, small research projects on medical issues that affect women. Research topics eligible for funding include cardiovascular disease, leading female cancers, hormone's role in disease and stage-of-life health concerns, like pregnancy and menopause, diseases or health concerns that disproportionately afflict women, and exploration of gender differences related to the aforementioned topics. 

If your project falls under the research topics eligible for funding, you're in luck. This may include disease prevention or treatment; clarification of gender differences; or quality of life concerns, but you'd better act quickly because the deadline is fast approaching. 

Here are several more examples of grant funding opportunities currently listed on MWBEzone.com

Here's a grant listing on MWBEzone that awards three "everyday heroes" a financial award for their work making the world a better place for women and children through innovative and entrepreneurial social reform: 

Awards to USA, Puerto Rico, and Canada Founders to Recognize Service to Women and Children

Deadline: 05/15/2019

Awards starting at $25,000 to USA, Puerto Rico, and Canada (excluding Quebec) founders of nonprofit social impact organizations to recognize work benefiting low and middle-income women and children. Prizes are intended to reward pioneering individuals who have made strides in the areas of education, social reform, health, and self-esteem.

Here's another research project listed on MWBEzone, similar to the one above, but this one focuses on children's illnesses and is also open to international researchers.

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Scientists for Research Projects that Focus on Clinical Cardiology and Surgical Techniques

Deadline: 06/07/2019 

Grants to USA, Canada, and International scientists for research projects that aim to advance the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of congenital heart defects. Funding is intended to support research projects with a particular focus on basic science, population science, clinical cardiology, and the advancement of surgical or interventional techniques including, but not limited to the following areas:

  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Devices and procedural research (cardiac catheterization and surgery)
  • Neurodevelopmental and functional outcomes
  • Quality and policy regarding delivery of care, coverage, and access
  • Maternal environment and modifiable disease impact on fetuses with CHD
  • Fetal diagnosis and intervention
  • Long-term care of adults with CHDs

Both GrantWatch and MWBEzone have grants for all the following categories: (These links below will take you to the listings for MWBEzone.com) 

Make MWBEzone the first place you visit when searching for a grant for your business or if you need a grant personally, if you're a woman, a minority or veteran. If you're a nonprofit, GrantWatch is still your best place for your grant search.

Happy Grant Hunting! 

About the Author: The author is a staff writer for MWBEzone and all GrantWatch sister-sites.

Grants Available for Women Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

“Don’t give up, don’t take anything personally, and don’t take no for an answer,” advises Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal and award-winning bestseller of Girlboss, a book turned television series describing her experience.

Amoruso and other top women entrepreneurs share their success tips and secrets in a blog article on CreativeLive.com, with lots of great insights. 

Tiffany Angeles, top photographer, business owner, speaker, and coach shares that she felt dead inside working at her corporate job but was too scared to leave. Many women are scared to leave their jobs without having anything to fall back on. Tiffany didn't immediately leave her day job. She started a business on the side, in the evenings and weekends until that income surpassed her income from her corporate job. She has now developed a business with Sue Bryce teaching people to make more money and discover their worth, which has already been attended online by 27.8 thousand students. 

If you're a woman business owner looking for a grant, we list many on our business site, MWBEzone.  

Women who've made it big have started foundations.  Entrepreneur Tory Burch, grants fellowships to women entrepreneurs to participate in her business guidance program. Winners gain access to regular discussions on business topics with designated experts, the other fellows, and the foundation staff. 

Women who are awarded the grant must own a majority stake and manage a "qualifying business," on a day-to-day basis. Qualifying businesses must be for-profit from any industry in the early growth stage (in operation between one and five years), and operating in the United States.  The $10,000 grant is to be used to further their business education. 

The Foundation’s Tory Burch Fellows program chooses 10 fellows annually. The fellowship includes a four-day trip to the Tory Burch campus, located in Jersey City, NJ, where they participate in a series of experiential learning workshops on entrepreneurship and leadership development led by notable experts. The four-day trip culminates with a Pitch Day event where they present their pitch with all the fellows for investors, business experts, and other Tory Burch Foundation affiliates, where the winner of a $100,000 investment in selected. (Half the money is a grant and half is a recoverable grant, which is equivalent to a zero-interest loan). 

Participants also gain access to a new Tory Burch Foundation Online Community. The Foundation's online platform will be a dynamic community of women entrepreneurs leading early and growth stage businesses from diverse sectors across the United States. The primary purpose of the online community is to facilitate peer-to-peer mentoring and meaningful collaboration. 

Here are just some of the grants for women entrepreneurs currently listed on MWBEzone: 

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

Deadline: Ongoing 

Grants of $1,000 to USA and Canada women entrepreneurs to start a business or develop an existing business. One grant will be awarded each month. One of the 12 monthly winners will be awarded a $10,000 grant at the end of 2018. Funding is intended to help women achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,and IHEs to Apply New Technologies to Global Health Priorities 

Deadline: 4.10.19

Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits, for-profit companies, agencies, and IHEs for the application of new technologies to help solve global health problems. Health priority areas include outcomes related to infectious diseases, child growth and development, pregnancy and birth, disease surveillance, and research into the development of new vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics. Funding is intended to foster and support impact in global health through innovative uses of emerging technologies.

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Filmmakers for Films that Promote Social Justice and Cultural Exchange

Deadline: 06/01/19.

Grants to USA, Canada, and International independent filmmakers for film projects that align with the themes of empowerment, social justice, and cultural exchange. Funding is available to both novice and experienced filmmakers for all stages of development, including development, production, post-production, as well as film festival applications. 

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

Deadline: Ongoing.

Opportunity for USA female veterans and female military spouses or partners to attend a small business management and entrepreneurship program. This program will equip eligible women with the skills they need to successfully develop and grow a business venture. 

Awards to Nashville, Tennessee Women to Recognize Their Impact on the Music and Entertainment Industry

Grants to Kentucky Women for Training and Career Development

Awards to Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC Women in Eligible Areas to Recognize Excellence in Business Leadership


To find other grants for women, businesses and nonprofits you might be eligible for, please visit MWBEzone.com or GrantWatch

About the Author: The author is a staff writer for MWBEzone.

Where Can Small Businesses Find Workforce Development and Apprenticeship Grants?

In an effort to meet the needs of small businesses and the unemployed, foundations, states, and the federal government currently offer workforce development grants and apprenticeship grants for small businesses to provide quality career apprenticeship training programs to fill jobs in high-demand occupations due to the current gap between people's job skills and the skills needed for the jobs available in today's marketplace. 

Small businesses benefit when providing apprenticeships to new employees to obtain workplace relevant knowledge and skills to be successful as they start their new career.

Apprenticeship grants provide employment opportunities for young people and for people mid-career who find themselves at a crossroads due to changes in job availability in their profession.

Apprenticeships allow individuals to transition to a new career or learn the latest technologies and programs now needed to succeed in their field.  Training programs offered by small businesses can have both an on-the-job (paid employment) training component and an educational schooling component (related technical instruction outside the business).

These grants for small businesses benefit the small businesses by creating a skilled workforce whose training has been funded by state and foundation program grants. A win win because state employment numbers will increase, and individuals will have jobs that help them provide for their families. 

Below are some of the workforce development grants, apprenticeship grants, and career training opportunities currently listed on MWBEzone.com

State workforce development grants

Application periods vary on a state by state basis and are posted on MWBEzone.com when they become available. States such as New York and New Jersey provide millions of dollars each for their apprenticeship program grants through their Department of Labor each year. 

This program promotes the expansion and development of United States Department of Labor (USDOL) approved Registered Apprenticeship programs that drive economic development through skills and educational attainment and create pathways to better-paying careers and advanced credentials. While this organization describes ten sectoral/occupational areas of focus, all occupations that are recognized by the US Department of Labor as “apprentice-able” are encouraged to apply.

Registered apprenticeships are high-quality, work-based earn-and-learn models that meet national standards for registration with the US Department of Labor (or federally-recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies), resulting in a nationally recognized credential.

Occupations currently targeted through the program include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing 
  • Bio Pharma/Life Sciences
  • Energy, Utilities and Infrastructure 
  • Retail, Hospitality and Tourism
  • Financial Services/Insurance 
  • Transportation, Logistics and Distribution
  • Information Technology/Cyber Security 
  • Renewable Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related sectors/occupations

 

Nebraska

Grants to Nebraska Employers and Labor Organizations for Workforce Training Programs, Deadline: 3/31/2019.

Grants to Nebraska employers and labor organizations for workforce training and development programs. Funding is intended to expand the state’s skill pool through projects that enhance earning capacity and job security for workers while building productivity. 

New York State

Grants to New York Employers for Apprenticeships in High-Demand Occupations: Deadline: 3/29/2019, 4:00 pm. 

Grants of up to $5,000 per apprentice to New York employers to increase work opportunities for new apprentices, with an emphasis on underrepresented groups. Apprentices will enter into high-demand occupations and trades, with a primary focus on the emerging fields of healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and other in-demand occupations. 

Applicants are encouraged to actively recruit women and underrepresented populations, including youth, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. 

Tax Credits for Hiring Workers with Developmental Disabilities: Deadline: Ongoing

Tax credits to New York for-profit businesses and organizations to hire employees who have developmental disabilities. Tax credits may be applied to both full-time or part-time positions. Participating businesses may receive a tax credit for each qualifying employee hired for a minimum period of 6 months.

In addition, there are private and public foundations that offer workforce development grants. Here are some available in multiple states: 

Foundation grants to multiple states for workforce development: 

Workforce development grants are currently available for the arts as well. In addition to grants for small businesses, MWBEzone.com lists grants for minorities, women and individuals. 

Scholarships and Fellowships to USA Students and Individual Artists for Tuition and Professional Training in the Theater Arts, Deadline: 04/01/2019. 

Scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships ranging from $7,500 to $30,000 to USA students and individual artists for professional training in the theater arts. Funding is intended to support tuition costs for students in their final year, as well as artistic fees and salaries for mentorship and mainstage production work.

Nonprofits, schools, states, municipalities and individuals frustrated by the often-overwhelming process involved with searching for grants can identify funding opportunities for workforce development programs and career advancement initiatives at GrantWatch.comSign-up to receive the weekly GrantWatch newsletter which features geographic-specific funding opportunities. 

About the Author: The author is a staff writer for GrantWatch.com.

Grants and Loans for Home Repairs for USA Low Income Rural Homeowners

Are you a  homeowner or belong to a homeowner association? You might want to check this link that searches the word homeowner on GrantWatch.

Government grants and loans exist for home repairs and safety hazard removal for USA low-income rural homeowners. This program is known as the Section 504 Home Repair program and are ongoing.  

The Section 504 Home Repair program provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve, or modernize their homes or provides grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards. 

The USDA Rural Development Department offers these loans and grants because helping people stay in their own home and keep it in good repair helps families and their communities. Homeownership helps families and individuals build savings over time. It strengthens communities and helps many kinds of businesses that support the local economy.

Grants of up to $7,500 and low-interest loans of up to $20,000 are awarded to low-income homeowners in rural areas of the US, to improve their homes and address health hazards. The purpose of this program is to help people stay in their home and keep houses in good repair. Low-interest loans are available to repair, modernize, and improve homes. The grants available are for elderly homeowners with low incomes, primarily to remove health and safety hazards. 

Who may apply for this program?

To qualify, you must:
• Be the homeowner and occupy the house
• Be unable to obtain affordable credit elsewhere
• Have a family income below 50 percent of the area median income
• For grants, be age 62 or older and not be able to repay a repair loan

What is an eligible area?

Generally, rural areas with a population less than 35,000 are eligible.
Applicants may check the address of their home to determine eligibility online.

How may funds be used?
• Loans may be used to repair, improve, or modernize homes or to remove health and safety hazards.
• Grants must be used to remove health and safety hazards.

How much money can I get?
• Maximum loan is $20,000.
• Maximum grant is $7,500.
• Loans and grants can be combined for up to $27,500 in assistance.

What are the terms of the loan or grant?
• Loans can be repaid over 20 years
• Loan interest rate is fixed at 1%.
• Full title service is required for loans of $7,500 or more
• Grants have a lifetime limit of $7,500.
• Grants must be repaid if the property is sold in less than 3 years
• If applicants can repay part, but not all of the costs, applicants may be offered a loan and grant combination

Is there a deadline to apply?
Applications are available year round as long as funding is available, and are processed in the order they are received.

How long does an application take?
Approval times depend on funding availability in your area. Talk to a USDA home loan specialist in your area for help with the application.

To get started, contact a USDA home loan specialist in your area.

What law governs this program?
• The Housing Act of 1949 as amended, 7 CFR, Part 3550
• HB-1-3550 – Direct Single Family Housing Loans and Grants Field Office Handbook 

About the Author: The author is a staff writer for GrantWatch.com.

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What Are The Key Elements of Successful Online Businesses and Startups?

Why does one business make it and another fail?

Lately I have been thinking about this in my effort to fully develop the last of our six websites. GWI.education.  I wanted to pull the best of elements of the business models from GrantWatch, GrantWriterTeam, YouHelp, GrantNews and MWBEzone and put it all into GWI.education (Grant Writing Institute).

Here are the elements, based upon my personal experience that work for online businesses:

  1. The director of the business must have a strong background in the business' niche market.
    If the director does not, they need to learn as much as they can or hire someone with the expertise needed in that market. 
     
  2. The market must have a demand for the business. 
    When we can see a void that needs to be filled, that's fantastic as is when we create a demand for something new that people have a need for. This might require educating people as to why they need your product or service. 
     
  3. People need to want to sign up for more info about your product or service.  
    Make it easy for people to subscribe to your list on your website, emails, advertisements and social media posts. 
     
  4. The words you use on your website should be the words people use to search for your niche. 
    There's an art and science to choosing the best keywords and phrases and how to use them. See our article on the keys to writing content for your website and blogs that attracts traffic to your website. 
     
  5. Fresh content daily is key to attract new traffic.
    A blog on your website, or adding and changing content on your website are great, but in edition to the fresh content, you need a way to get the content out to the public, like publishing it on social media as well as sending your list emails regularly, and drive traffic to your site. 
     
  6. Targeted emails from lists of people who willingly signed up, are your most productive tool for sales.
    In your emails, include information that teaches and benefits your readers in some way. Make sure that you have their permission before adding anyone to your email list. Then, in order to convert subscribers to your email to customers,  make sure you have a clear call to action. It might not be all in the same email. It's recommended to have a content schedule so that readers sometimes just get information, and at other times there's also an opportunity to buy.
     
  7. Online businesses need 2/3 income from repeat customers and 1/3 from new customers to survive.
    Work to keep your customers coming back. They say it takes three times as much effort and money to get new customers as it does to retain current or previous customers. Don't neglect relationships with the customers you already have. 
     
  8. Social media builds awareness and name recognition but it is not your sales engine. 
    Having a social media presence is crucial in today's market. In addition, you need an effective means to drive sales, like your email list(s) and advertising. 
     
  9. People want to speak to a knowledgeable human being – person to person customer service.
    Automate as much as possible, but have someone or a team who answer(s) telephones and set up a system for online chats, manned by real people, on your site. 
     
  10. Check the security of your website – often, a single link of http can render the entire page insecure.
    Make sure all the codes are working and that links lead to secure pages, especially on pages where people could be making a purchase. 
     
  11.  Watch someone navigate your site to understand where the confusion is. 
    That person can be a friend, family member, new employee or beta tester, it doesn't matter as long as they thoroughly go through your website and give you honest feedback. 
     
  12. Remind people when their subscription or the product has expired.
    Prioritize customer retention with timely renewal notices, phone calls and emails about the upcoming expiration of the subscription or product. Make renewing the service as easy as possible. Set up an autorenew system if possible. Always think retention versus so you don't have to think about regaining lost customers. 
     
  13. Ask people to subscribe to your service or buy your product in your marketing materials.
    People subscribe to email lists and services to learn more or stay up-to-date on the latest about topics that interest them. Many also want to reeive a special offer or gift such as a discount code or free ticket to an event, get access to free content like an e-book not available on the site. 
    Some people would rather get an email than having to remember to go to your website in case new blogs and content have been added. Conversely, emails can remind subscribers to go to visit the website to see everything new being offered or listed. 
     
  14. Incentivize your employees so they self motivative and evaluate their own productivity.
    Create a bonus plan with a clear structure so they have goals and know how to meet them. 
     
  15. Customer service with a smile always leads to customer satisfaction.
    A smile can be heard through the phone, chat and an email. 
     

Does your startup or small business have these elements? Am I missing any? Let me know  – write to me at https://www.grantwatch.com/contact-us.php, comment on social media post or call me at 561 249-4129.

About the Author: Libby Hikind is the CEO of MWBEzone.com.

Sound Sleep and Starting a Consulting Small Business.

Ever wonder about the backstory behind a new start-up business? After getting her son to sleep through the night, friends and acquaintances started asking teacher Dana Obleman for advice in how to get their children to do it too. She soon realized that helping parents solve their children's sleep problems was what she really wanted to do. With all the people asking for her advice, she saw that there was a market for it. As a new mother, Obleman realized she didn't want to go back to work full time so soon, and at the end of her maternity leave, she decided to take a leap and started a business for the first time. With $1000 she borrowed from family, she built a website, got business cards, and within a few months she was making more money working part time doing what she loved than she had as a full-time teacher. Obleman calls it, “The greatest job in the world.” 

With a tried and true successful method, more and more people started contacting Obleman to teach them how to build a consulting business like hers. She was hesitant at first, thinking that she’d be training her competition, but then she realized that the need was so great and she didn’t have enough time to consult one-on-one with everyone who needed help. Since that time, she’s trained over 200 Sleep Sense consultants around the world.  

Unlike other programs, The Sleep Sense Program accommodates different parenting styles, and allows parents to develop a plan they feel comfortable with, based on what they know about their child.  Parents get an easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan that allows them to make choices to determine the right approach for each child, and specific guidance on how to measure success.

Healthy Sleep

Studies show that there are clear benefits to getting enough sleep and developing healthy sleep habits from an early age. Children with healthy sleep habits have been found to do better in school, have higher IQs, lower risk of obesity, better test scores, and (in boys) a lower risk for hyperactivity. Well-rested children are curious, energetic, happy, playful and eager to learn.

Sleep Sense consultants are hand-picked by Sleep Sense creator, Dana Obleman.  Since is inception in 2003, The Sleep Sense Program has helped more than 57,000 parents improve their children’s sleep. 

One such consultant, Cassandra Mosmen's kept hearing friends with children complain how difficult it was to get them to sleep through the night. She decided to be prepared when she was pregnant and started studying up on how to get infants to sleep through the night before she gave birth and avoided this problem as best she could. She started to instill good sleep habits in her daughter as an infant. "It worked and my daughter was a great sleeper. So I started with my other children from day one, and they were great sleepers as well." She noticed that people kept asking her for advice on how to get their children to sleep through the night, and decided this was something she'd like to turn into a consulting business.

After eight years as a stay at home mom, this former early childhood educator decided to follow an entrepreneurial path, committed to helping mother's improve their children's sleep. She looked for the best way to go about starting her sleep consulting business and chose to get certified as a Sleep Sense Pediatric Sleep Consultant. The certification combined with her educational and work experience in early childhood development, enabled Cassandra to help babies and their families get more sleep.

"It's something that can definitely be taught."

Cassandra  chose to go with Dana Obleman's Sleep Sense certification program because she agrees with the Sleep Sense philosophy and methodology and because the training and business model are easy for consultants to follow and build successful businesses. 

toddler sleepingMosmen is working to build her own consultancy brand, Cassandra's Sleep Consulting, modeling the success of her teacher and mentors. She's already built a beautiful website and has a number of clients.

"After undergoing extensive training through the Sleep Sense Certification Program as well as other ongoing sleep education, I have been able to help many families!" 

"Hiring a consultant is very different than just reading a book," Cassandra said.  In addition to their consultations, clients get two to three weeks of phone support and email contact between appointments. 

Benefits to starting your own consulting business:

  • Doing something your passionate about that helps people
  • Being your own boss
  • Greater income potential
  • Not having to answer to anyone else
  • Flexible schedule
  • Ability to be at home for your children and family and not miss any important events.

"I am VERY passionate about what I do. I absolutely love helping families sleep better, because lets face it, sleep is everything!" 

"Sleep when the baby sleeps" is easier said than done! She works with parents of newborns to four year olds to know what to really expect when it comes to sleep (beyond what the books say), and teaches them how to instill healthy sleep habits in their children. 

People starting consulting businesses can often find grants on MWBEzone.com, or use crowdfunding, or apply for loans toward start-up costs or expanding their businesses. Some of the expenses Obleman and Sleep Sense mentors recommend in starting a consulting business include building a website, advertising and promotion, creating awareness for the new business.  While looking and applying for grants some entrepreneurs become proactive and start crowdfunding campaigns on YouHelp.

YouHelp.com, a free fundraising website, offers the best in crowdfunding capabilities to forward-thinking men and women who are looking for funds to start a small business. The process is simple: start a fundraiser, enter your fundraising goal, add a compelling message that donors will find worthwhile — and launch. If the idea is deserving, and you do the sharing-out of your campaign, people will pledge their support.

According to Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of GrantWatch, GrantWriterTeam, GrantNews, MWBEzone and YouHelp, says, that while we have made the process simple to open a YouHelp.com campaign or to search for small business grants on MWBEzone.com, no one succeeds in business without passion, persistence and drive."  Libby advises you to, " Find something you love, something you know well and then do the research before starting a small business."

About the Author: The author is a staff writer for YouHelp and MWBEzone. GrantNews does not endorse any products or services other than its own companies.

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Trending Job Opportunities in Arizona

Looking for a job? The Arizona government job directory and employment services will help you decide if looking for a job in the Grand Canyon State is right for you. 

Arizona has many job opportunities. Since the state’s biggest employer is the government, you can count on secure jobs and good paychecks. Apart from this, there are a lot of jobs in the private sector as well. Banner Health provides over 35 thousand jobs in this state alone. In addition to this, salaries are on the rise all over the state. When you add all of this up, it seems that Arizona is a good place for any job seeker.

Before you start looking

Before you decide to go job hunting anywhere, there are some things you’ll need to take care of. These will ensure your search goes as smoothly as possible.

  • Update your resume – keeping your CV up to date is the most important thing to do when job hunting. In addition to this, make sure you only keep relevant information in your resume.
  • Keep your picture professional – even though this seems like a given, many people still get it wrong. The picture on your resume should only be of your face and shoulders. Dress in business attire and make sure that the background is white. Many people missed good job opportunities because of their CV image.
  • Brush up on interview questions – practice answering some interview questions in front of a mirror or get a friend to help you. This isn’t about preparing the answers, but about practicing to sound confident and sure. This will get you a long way with job hunting.

Best job opportunities in Arizona

As we mentioned before, the state of Arizona has a lot to offer business wise. Apart from the fact that the majority of the businesses here are run by the government, there are a lot of financial grants in Arizona. These can help any business grow and provide a lot of employment opportunities.

Medical sector

Some of the best job opportunities in Arizona are tied to medicine. Whether you’re a surgeon, doctor or a medical technician you’ll have no issues finding employment in Arizona. Medical professionals are usually very well paid, but their working hours tend to be rough. However, if you think this is the job for you, you should definitely give it a try!

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Find jobs in the medical sector in Arizona

Top IT job opportunities in Arizona

In this age, there are always employment options in the IT sector. Whether it’s server maintenance or general support, a tech guy is necessary in every company, no matter how small. So, if you’re a tech person yourself, this means there’s always a job opportunity for you. Because of the new grants which enabled better internet in the rural areas all over the country, technical support is becoming more needed by the day.

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IT jobs are always in high demand

Law enforcement jobs

Law enforcement jobs abound for qualified job seekers. They're stable though not always the best paid.  Luckily, because of the recent grants for police K9 units, there are a lot of job openings in Arizona’s police. In addition to this, you can find employment opportunities as a special agent in Phoenix. Only if you’re trained to be one, though. These are serious jobs and they require a lot of training and skill.

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Law enforcement agencies are hiring in Arizona

The service industry

As in most states, the service industry can offer the most job openings. This is also the case with Arizona. There’s always a need for these jobs. So, if you’re trying to start a new life, or if you’ve moved to AZ for education, you can do these jobs until you find something better. Mind you, some bartenders make six figures a year in Arizona, so these might be jobs worth keeping.

Jobs in education

All of the educational job opportunities in Arizona are very good. However, the best paid ones are in the universities. Three of them are most important: University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University. Getting a job in any of these is not an easy undertaking. They all keep a strict acceptance policy for both their students and their staff. So, make sure you bring your A-game to the job interview! Because getting employment in an Arizona university will be great.

There are a lot of jobs in education in Arizona

Self-employment opportunities

There are a lot of business opportunities in the Grand Canyon State. The reason for this are the government and private grants for small businesses. These help daring entrepreneurs keep up with the giant corporations. Also, these grants will enable you to set up your business almost anywhere in Arizona. You can move your small business here or start a new one, the important thing is that you’ll have help.

When moving to AZ for a job

If you really like some of the job opportunities in Arizona, you can decide to relocate here for a job. If you do something like that, make sure you are prepared for a move! Moving for a job is not easy, especially if you’re moving from far away. So, you might consider hiring a storage unit where you can keep your belongings safe while you move. It wouldn’t be good if you relocate to AZ for a job only to damage or lose your belongings. So, make sure you’re hiring the best and the most reliable storage services you can find. Only when your items are secure will you be able to sleep well and relocate without any issues.

 

 

About the Author: Sally Norton is a freelance copywriter based out of Miami, with a flare for writing optimized articles. Her experience is focused on moving, travel, real estate and overall guides to help people with some challenging projects and endeavors. In her spare time, Sally enjoys yoga and walks with her dogs – Mane & Rex.

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