Tuesday, March 5, 2019

small business grants

small business grants


FedEx offers more than $200000 in Small Business Grant Contest - Qcity metro

Posted: 03 Mar 2019 09:19 PM PST

The seventh annual FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is now open, and it's looking for small businesses with unique stories to tell.

This year, the contest offers grants and services to 10 small businesses based in the U.S. Additionally, winners will receive store credit for use toward FedEx Office services, as well as packages designed to help them with website optimization, design thinking, social media, and print expertise.

"We know it's difficult for even the most promising of small businesses to grow and scale, especially at the beginning of their life cycle," said Scott Harkins, senior vice president of customer channel marketing at FedEx.

Harkins says beyond the funds, winners will receive "much-needed expertise and advice on some of the most fundamental and critical aspects of building a viable and sustainable business." Experts will stay with the businesses as advisers.

The contest entry period is open through March 25. Fans can vote for their favorite business through April 1. Winners will be announced on April 29.

What are the prizes?

  • One (1) winner will receive $50,000, plus $7,500 in FedEx Office print and business services.
  • One (1) winner will receive $30,000, plus $5,000 in FedEx Office print and business services.
  • Eight (8) winners will receive $15,000, plus $1,000 in FedEx Office print and business services.

How do I qualify?

Participants must:

  • be based in the U.S.
  • be a for-profit business
  • have less than 99 employees
  • have been operating for six months or more

How do I enter?

  • visit fedex.com/grantcontest and complete a contest profile
  • write a short profile about your business
  • upload four photos of your business or product, including your logo
  • (optional) submit a 90-second "elevator speech" video

Last year's contest attracted more than 7,800 small businesses from across the country, with the winning business hailing from Chicago.

The Facts about Grants for Small Businesses - The Central New York Business Journal

Posted: 04 Mar 2019 08:01 AM PST

As advisors and community economic-development specialists, we are often approached by individuals who are looking to start a business or expand an existing one with one common question: "Are there any grants available for my business"? There is a simple and a complex answer to this question. The simple answer is yes there are some grants available, and the complex answer is that the grants offered may not apply to your business. 

Grants are difficult to obtain and can have a variety of conditions attached. Many are not available to startup businesses. People also have a misconception that funds are available specifically for women and minority owned businesses. Also, the retail industry rarely has any grant opportunities. 

Grants exist to help businesses that will have impact on the community as a whole. Impact on the community may come in the form of job creation, value added (agriculture benefits), or more revenue brought to the area in general — perhaps through a sector such as tourism. Now saying, "Well I will be creating a job for myself" doesn't count or saying, "I will be bringing revenue in for my family" doesn't count. Generally, money used for grants are public tax dollars; the state wants to see how your business, with the assistance of a grant, will impact as many residents as possible.

Yes, it is true you can find grant opportunities in some limited circumstances, such as when jobs are created. But you can't rely on grants as a primary means to start or expand a business. Rather, in limited situations, grants can be pursued to help a business try something new or pursue a specific opportunity.

Business owners should keep in mind that grants are very competitive. Grants have deliverables and reporting requirements; they are not free, easy money. Some grants are reimbursable, which means you pay for everything first then submit receipts to be reimbursed. 

Please, also understand you don't do a project then apply for the grant. You must apply first, be approved, then do the work (pay for the project), and once the project stipulations are complete, you may receive the money. It's always advisable to understand exactly what a grant will and will not fund, and confirm whether you are eligible prior to spending time preparing a grant proposal. The best way to do this is to look at what has been funded in the past and reach out directly to the funder. 

The most common opportunities are through the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs). See regionalcouncils.ny.gov for more information. 

If a business is planning to expand and create jobs, grants can be pursued for up to 20 percent of the startup or expansion costs. It should be noted that these grants are not paid to the awardee until the job creation (as committed in the grant application) is documented. This means you must spend the money first on the project, hire employees, and then get reimbursed. Jobs for family members of the business do not count toward overall job creation.

Small businesses in the agriculture sector may be eligible for a variety of grants related to value-added products, investments in conservation and clean-energy initiatives, and a variety of other programs. The Cornell Small Farms program is a great resource and information is available at smallfarms.cornell.edu/resources/funding/grants. 

Adding energy efficiency measures to your business is another way to potentially access grants. The available programs change frequently and information is available at nyserda.ny.gov.

In general, unless your business includes a unique feature with a public benefit, any additional opportunities for grants will be on a limited and competitive basis. Please remember grants are not just free money for you to pursue your dream. Grants are meant for businesses that will be making a profound impact on the community. Check with your local Small Business Development Center or local economic-development agencies for any opportunities that might be specific to your community or geographic region. Keep in mind that these are rare.                   

Lauren Lines is executive director of the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association and Melissa Zomro Davis is an advanced NYS-certified small business advisor at the Small Business Development Center at Onondaga Community College.

FedEx Small Business Grant Contest Offers Up to $50000 - BTW

Posted: 27 Feb 2019 07:22 AM PST

Indie booksellers have a chance to win a $15,000, $30,000, or $50,000 grant from FedEx® as part of the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, which in 2019 will offer a range of monetary prizes to 10 winners.

SBGC logoThe contest is offering three prize packages this year: one small business will win the Grand Prize of $50,000, plus $7,500 in FedEx Office® print and business services; a second business will win the Silver prize of $30,000, plus $5,000 in FedEx Office print and business services; and eight winners will take home the Bronze prize of $15,000, plus $1,000 in FedEx Office print and business services.

Entering is an opportunity to gain exposure for your business and connect with your community; entries for the contest will be accepted through March 25. To participate:

  • Write a short profile highlighting your small business' unique story and offerings.
  • Upload a logo and photos that capture the spirit of your business.
  • Create a one-minute video about what makes your business special.
  • Share your entry and remind fans to vote between February 27 and April 1.

Votes, which are allowed once per person per 24-hour period, are one of the many factors considered in choosing finalists and winners. Entrants should note that buying votes from anyone, or giving discounts or gifts in exchange for votes, is strictly prohibited.

Last year's FedEx Grand Prize winner was Rumi Spice, a Chicago-based business owned and operated by two veterans that partners with Afghani farmers to bring top-quality saffron to restaurants and consumers around the world. Here, Rumi Spice owners Keith Alaniz and Kim Jung shared the story of their business, which helps farmers in Afghanistan find a wider market, employing thousands of Afghani women during harvest season and driving economic development in the region.

Booksellers can learn more about the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest at fedex.com/grantcontest. Outside of the 2019 contest, ABA members can benefit every day from the FedEx discounts offered by PartnerShip, a shipping solutions company. As an American Booksellers Association business service affinity partner, PartnerShip helps member booksellers save on shipments they send and receive through its ABA Shipping Program.

Through the ABA Shipping Program, booksellers can enjoy savings on FedEx shipping of up to 31 percent (including a bonus 5 percent online processing discount). There is no cost to enroll in the program and no minimum shipping requirement. Booksellers can enroll on the PartnerShip website or by calling the company at (800) 599-2902.

Status Update: FedEx small business contest opens with $220,500 in grants - OCRegister

Posted: 25 Feb 2019 12:00 AM PST

  • Joe Baksha, president and CEO of Irvine-based OSI Creative, is retiring March 1. He will be succeeded by John Kellogg, the company's chief operating officer.

  • John Kellogg will succeed Joe Baksha, president and CEO of Irvine-based OSI Creative, March 1.  Kellogg has been the company's chief operating officer since October 2018. The company supplies its clients with point-of-purchase displays, custom packaging options and branded merchandise programs.

  • Mary Zimmer, a healthcare executive and former speech-language pathologist, has joined CHOC Children's leadership team as vice president of operations. Previously Zimmer was chief patient and clinical services officer of Citrus Valley Health Partners in the East San Gabriel Valley.

  • Meg Linton is the new chief executive officer at the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. She will steer the nonprofit in its efforts to fund library resources, programs and services. Previously Linton was the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara.

  • Lewis Liu, an automotive strategist for several international and Chinese brands, has joined Irvine-based Karma Automotive as vice president of business development and strategy. His role will help lead long-term business strategies focused on luxury, high technology, customization and customer treatment. Liu comes to Karma from Faraday Future where he served as senior director of strategic and business development since 2016.

  • Summer Taylor joins the board of directors at Santa Ana-based Think Together, a nonprofit organization that partners with schools to change the odds for kids. Taylor is a managing director at Deloitte.

  • Visit Anaheim Cares is donating $20,000 to GOALS, an Anaheim-based nonprofit designed to help improve the lives of local underserved children. Names in the group photo in order from left to right: Council Member Brandman; Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu; Dave Wilk, executive director G.O.A.L.S.; Bill O'Connell, Visit Anaheim Cares chairman; Cathy Dutton, Visit Anaheim Cares board member; Greg Gerovac, Visit Anaheim Cares board member. (Courtesy of Visit Anaheim)

  • Hoag Medical Group will open its newest state-of-the-art pediatrics office to the public from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at 500 Superior Avenue, Suite 270, Newport Beach. The open house will feature meet-and-greets with pediatricians and plus activities for the family (face painting, balloon creations, tours, refreshments and more).

FedEx has launched its seventh annual Small Business Grant Contest, offering grants and services to 10 U.S.-based small businesses.

The collective prize pool is $220,500, the largest sum since the contest was established in 2012.

Grants, winners also will receive money money in credits to use toward FedEx Office print and business services to help run their businesses. Prizes include packages designed to help them with website optimization, design thinking, social media, and print expertise.

Here's how the prizes break down: Grand prize: One winner of $50,000, plus $7,500 in print and business services. Silver prize: One winner of $30,000, plus $5,000 in print and business services. Bronze prize: Eight winners of $15,000, plus $1,000 in FedEx print and business services.

The contest is open to U.S.-based for-profit small businesses that have fewer than 99 employees and have been operating for six months or more.

To enter, go to fedex.com/grantcontest and enter contact information, write a short profile about your business and upload four photos of the business or product, including a logo. Participants also have the option of submitting a 90-second "elevator speech" video to supplement their entry.

The contest entry period closes March 25 with voting to take place from Feb. 27 to April 1. Following a judging period, winners will be announced April 29 at fedex.com/grantcontest.

Executive shuffle at OSI

Joe Baksha, president and CEO of Irvine-based OSI Creative, is retiring March 1. He will be succeeded by John Kellogg, the company's chief operating officer.

The company supplies its clients with point-of-purchase displays, custom packaging options and branded merchandise programs. Baksha exits the firm with 50 years of industry experience.

Kellogg joined OSI in October 2018. He brings to OSI 28 years of experience in the printing, packaging, distribution and display industries.

Also in OSI news, the company has completed bought the assets of New Dimensions Research Corp., a Long Island, New York-based designer and manufacturer of displays and merchandising. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

NDR employees joining OSI will continue working from NDR's existing facility in Melville, New York.

On the move

Mary Zimmer, a healthcare executive and former speech-language pathologist, has joined CHOC Children's leadership team as vice president of operations. She will oversee laboratories, radiology and imaging services, pharmacy, clinical nutrition and lactation, rehabilitation services, neurodiagnostics, food services, environmental services, safety and security, biomedical services administration, and facilities and plant operations at CHOC's main hospital campus in Orange. Previously Zimmer was chief patient and clinical services officer of Citrus Valley Health Partners in the East San Gabriel Valley.

Meg Linton is the new chief executive officer at the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. She will steer the nonprofit in its efforts to fund library resources, programs and services. Previously Linton was the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, director of galleries and exhibitions for the Ben Maltz Gallery at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and executive director of the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Lewis Liu, an automotive strategist for several international and Chinese brands, has joined Irvine-based Karma Automotive as vice president of business development and strategy. His role will help lead long-term business strategies focused on luxury, high technology, customization and customer treatment. Liu comes to Karma from Faraday Future where he served as senior director of strategic and business development since 2016.

On board

Summer Taylor joins the board of directors at Santa Ana-based Think Together, a nonprofit organization that partners with schools to change the odds for kids. Taylor is the managing director at Deloitte.

Grants

Visit Anaheim Cares is donating $20,000 to GOALS, an Anaheim-based nonprofit designed to help improve the lives of local underserved children. This donation will support GOALS' mission to provide after-school athletics, academics, community service, mentoring and job training.

The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services has awarded Waymakers a $1.1 million grant to support the nonprofit's statewide campaign to prevent violence within families in California. The two-year grant is directed to Waymakers' Project PATH (Positive Action Toward Health) program. For more Waymakers and their programs and shelters throughout Orange County, go to waymakersoc.org.

Coming up

Arts Orange County will present Vijay Gupta as featured speaker for its 10th annual Creative Edge Lecture at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 5 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The lecture is free to the public. Gupta, a violinist and social justice advocate, is the founder and Artistic Director of Street Symphony, a non-profit organization providing musical engagement, dialogue and teaching artistry for homeless and incarcerated communities in Los Angeles. Guests should register directly through the Barclay Theatre online at thebarclay.org or artsoc.org by calling 949-854-4646, Ext. 1.

Hoag Medical Group will open its newest state-of-the-art pediatrics office to the public from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at 500 Superior Avenue, Suite 270, Newport Beach. The open house will feature meet-and-greets with pediatricians and plus activities for the family (face painting, balloon creations, tours, refreshments and more).

Correction

A photo accompanying an item on Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in last week's Status Update column was the incorrect hospital. The photo was chosen in haste by the business editor; she was duly chastised by loyal readers of this column. Everyone needs an editor, right?

Status Update is compiled by contributing writer Karen Levin and edited by Business Editor Samantha Gowen. Submit items to sgowen@scng.com. High-resolution images also can be submitted. Allow at least one week for publication. Items are edited for length and clarity.

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