Personal vs. Professional Life

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Where do YOU draw the line between your personal and professional social media pages? Learn to set some boundaries!

First, have separate accounts or pages for your business and personal life. Do you really want a one-time customer to know when your daughter got married? Or when she had her first child? Some things should remain private. You don’t want business contacts on your personal page or vice versa. Employees and partners should be on your professional business page, not your personal one. 

Second, on your business page, you don’t have to accept every friend request, contact, or follower. If they seem dangerous, block them. You do not want a "friends list" with strangers who might potentially be harmful to your business.

A good rule of thumb is:  if you know them personally, add them.

If they are a 2nd or 3rd degree connection, examine their profile and see if your interests match. Most likely, you’ll end up adding them, too. But, if they are complete strangers, make sure you look at their profile to see what types of posts they make. If for instance, if they often post profane language, offensive messages, or radical political views, you should steer clear of them on your professional pages.

Third, always think twice before hitting the Post, Tweet, or Share buttons. As a business, you must always present yourself in a professional manner and take the high road in confrontation.

Fourth, when you are confused by a post or message from someone else, ask for clarification. It is very easy to misconstrue something via text or online messaging. If someone is clearly trying to offend you, it is best to solve the problem off social media. If you respond to an irate customer in an agitating way, it could open you up to a flurry of criticism. If possible, talk face-to-face.

So now that you know where to draw the line between a personal and professional social media account, check out MWBEzone's facebook page and like us.


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SBA Grants Small Businesses Money

The SBA or Small Business Administratoin is a great source for business information. There, you can find detailed instructions on how to start or maintain a successful business. Recently, they gave a STEP (State Trade Expansion Program) grant to the Maine International Trade Center to help support the export of goods from small businesses. You can find related and other grants to help support your business at and

America only counts for about one-third of the world's purchasing power. This means that most buyers are outside the United States. Maine wants to reach out to these new customers. The STEP grant has been successful in the past, resulting in $7 million worth of new exports. 

SBA Grants $145,000 to Help Small Business With Exports

Portland Press Herald Staff Writer

The award has been used for the past four years to help Maine companies deliver $7 million in new exports.

The Maine International Trade Center received a $145,000 grant to support export growth among small businesses.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s competitive State Trade Expansion Program.

“With more than two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power outside the U.S., it’s critical for businesses to reach out to customers beyond our borders.” said Marilyn Geroux, SBA district director for Maine, in a release announcing the award Thursday.

Wade Merritt, vice president and STEP project director at MITC said the renewed award has been able to support 97 company projects in overseas markets over the past four years. The support resulted in nearly $7 million in new exports, representing a 26 to 1 return on SBA’s investment of just over $250,000, according to Merritt.

The STEP awards are granted to programs that help small businesses expand their export-related activities, which include participation in foreign trade missions, foreign market sales trips, subscription services for access to international markets, as well as the design of international marketing campaigns, export trade show exhibits, export training workshops and more. Eligible Maine businesses may receive up to $8,000 in reimbursements for costs associated with these activities.

Additionally, the SBA makes guaranteed loans of up to $5 million available to provide working capital for small business to complete export orders and finance expansions to accommodate increased export orders.

More information about the programs can be found at or

Find related and other grants to help support your business at and

About the Author: Intro by GrantWatch Staff Writer.


Internet and Social Media for Small Business

Grants for technology can be found at, a website dedicated to grants for small business. Small businesses can learn from some bookstores when considering: to survive or expand? 

The internet has actually been found to be the saving grace of a lot of small businesses. In Michigan, Brilliant Books, a small bookstore found that offering free shipping for online orders and creating a social media presence, widened their customer-base.

According to Hearst Newspapers, the internet creates a global audience. Instead of taking out local advertisements, a new business might create a website and take out internet advertisements. With the internet presence, their reach is never-ending.

According to The New York Times, possibly because of the internet, retail sales of books (for chains, not strictly online retailers like Amazon) jumped last year for the first time since 2007 and are up 6 percent this year. In fact, sales at Brilliant Books are up 14 percent this year. With an internet presence, businesses never closes. A customer could make a purchase at midnight – even 3 AM! Entrepreneurs with retail websites are making money in their sleep.

The internet has made a wider scope for networking, possible. For instance, Brilliant Books in Michigan hired a social media manager who opens a dialog with potential customers and other marketers that live beyond the bookstore’s local. They can locate other businesses and talk about promotional techniques.

An example of how to creatively utilize social media comes from Wild Fig Books and Coffee in Kentucky. They created a large Instagram following by creating a Wild Fig character, Barista Barbie, who reads, drinks coffee, and offers cheeky commentary. People follow Wild Fig on Instagram, hoping to check in on the latest happenings with Barista Barbie. This is not only entertaining but draws in customers.

If you’re interested in creating an online presence or to improve upon your business’ technology in some way, go to and look at the Technology category. 

About the Author: Sabeen has a Masters in Public Health and is currently writing for and its affiliated websites.


Business Growth

The growth of your business is a wonderful thing. Follow our tips to handle your business growth with and Uhelpfund.

  1. Anticipate potential growth
  2. Communicate changes with employees
  3. Maintain a good balance of investment and profit

First, it is imperative to be organized in order to anticipate potential growth. For example, say you are running a pharmacy and you are used to filling 200 scripts a day. Let’s say business explodes and you start doing up to 500 scripts a day. You must consider: Do you have stock? Do you have man power? Do you have counter space? Together, these things will determine whether you can get the scripts done in a timely manner and keep business booming.

Next, an influx in money comes with changes in policies and procedures. You must communicate these changes to your employees. If your workers know which functions to perform in which situations, business will run more smoothly. So, while the pharmaceutical business as a whole is still booming, pharmacy law changes all the time. If your pharmacy techs don’t know which actions to perform, you may be penalized by state or federal law.

Finally, keep a balance between what you invest in the business and what you save. It’s not great to just sit on money, especially if you are running a business. If business is doing well, why not reward customers by revamping a part of the store front? Or, update your services. You must watch your money, though. Don’t overspend.

If you follow these 3 tips to stay afloat during times of growth, you will do well. If you think you don’t need help during a time of growth, you’re wrong. This is because these are the times when you need to anticipate growth, communicate, and maintain a balance of investment into your business.

If you’re a growing business and looking for grants, you will find them here:

Small Business


If you have a business, product or service idea that would benefit the greater good, you should start a crowdfunding project on Uhelpfund and allow the people to contribute.

About the Author: Sabeen is a Masters in Public Health and currently writing for and its affiliated websites.

Small Business Startups

Small business startups, are you having trouble figuring out where to begin? MWBEzone and have grants for community-serving businesses. We update our grants daily, so just because you don’t find anything today, it doesn’t mean you won’t find it tomorrow.

This article was written in response to the many calls from people starting up businesses who are wondering about the first step to take.

Let’s say you’ve thought up a brilliant invention or service. Or, you just want to open a mom and pop store. Or, you are an independent artist or designer. What do you do first?

Write a business plan!

If you’re entirely new to business, you should hire a business consultant. Check out this article, previously published here and on the MWBEzone blog: When Hiring a Business Consultant.

A business plan includes the following subdocuments:

  • executive summary
  • company description
  • market analysis
  • organization and management
  • service or product line
  • marketing and sales
  • funding request
  • financial projections, and
  • appendix.

For further reading, check out the article at GrantWriterTeam’s blog: What Goes Into a Business Plan? Between you and your business consultant, you should be able to map out a great business plan that shows potential, longevity, and stability.

The SBA, Small Business Administration suggests 10 steps to start a small business. We have narrowed them to the following 5.   

After 1) writing a business plan, 2) finance your business, 3) determine its legal structure, 4) register for taxes, and then 5) obtain licenses and permits.

To fund your business, you might first consider loans. This is not a bad idea. Most new businesses start off with a loan, but don’t forget to apply for grants and to start a crowdfunding campaign. The combination of all three should give a serious startup enough capital to proceed.

Both and have grants for small businesses that serve the common good. 

You can use the multiple spellings in the keyword search for startups, start-ups or start was first developed for the business and individual grant seeking community, as the sister website to When you subscribe to GrantWatch you get MWBEzone for FREE.

Here are some of the business grants listed at GrantWatch and MWBEzone, now:

Grants to Rhode Island Businesses for Internships in Life Sciences and Engineering

Deadline: Ongoing – Responses are due by June 30, 2018 at 11:45 PM ET

Grants to Wyoming For-Profit Companies for Employee Training and Professional Development

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to Florida Businesses, Especially in Inner Cities, Rural Areas, or Brownfield Area to Assist with the Training of New Employees

Deadline: Ongoing

Financial Assistance to Canada Nonprofits and Businesses in Multiple Provinces to Expand Enterprises

Deadline: Ongoing

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

Deadline: Ongoing


Know Your Credit Score

As a small business owner, it’s important to be up to date with your finances. has grants for Financial Assistance. A grant may be a good alternative to a loan, especially if your credit is questionable.

A credit score determines your business’ credit worthiness. So, not only does it affect your likelihood of acquiring loans, but the extension of credit lines. Furthermore, large corporations require a business credit score minimum for contracts.

According to Experian, your business credit score can influence the following:

  1. The size of the loan and interest rates
  2. Premiums
  3. The determination of suppliers extending credit terms

Your business credit score will be based on your credit, public records, and demographic information. 

If you have a poor credit score, look at grants at You will find grants for operating costs, education, equipment and more. Check out some of the following Financial Assistance grants:

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Retired Professional Boxers to Assist with Financial Hardships

Deadline: 09/15/2016

Grants to USA Individuals with Paralysis to Purchase Recreational Sports Equipment

Deadline: 09/30/2016

Grants to South Ohio Nonprofits, Schools, and Individuals for Education, Financial Assistance, and Human Services

Deadline 1: 09/30/16; Deadline 2: 12/31/16

Income Tax Credits to New York City Businesses that Relocated Operations to New York City after July 2003

Deadline: 06/30/2017

Grants to New Mexico Individuals for the Purchase of Medical Equipment for Disabled Children

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to Nevada Individual Nursing Students to Continue Higher Education

Deadline: Ongoing

Financial Assistance to Canada Nonprofits and Businesses in Multiple Provinces to Expand Enterprises

Deadline: Ongoing

Lastly, consider crowdfunding for your financial needs. It’s free!

Crowdfunding Opportunities for USA, Canada, International Nonprofits, Individuals and Businesses

Deadline: Ongoing

It's important to know that grants are not totally a financial free for all!  The funding source will want to know your financial accountability. 

They will want answers to the following questions: Who manages the funds? What is their past experience? Who double signs the checks? What is the financial management procedure?  What amount of funds have you managed in the past? They might want to see some financial documents as well. 

So pay your bills on time and keep accurate records.

At, you will find grants for Small Business, Economic Development, and Capital Funding that you won’t find listed on MWBEzone is a sister-site of GrantWatch, the search engine that gets results. 

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.