5 March 2024

NAACP and Leslie’s Partner to Provide Grants for Small Businesses

By Ronald Smith

Did you know that certifications and official designations can give businesses the chance to grow? It’s true! But sometimes, getting these certifications can be tough for small businesses like yours. Good news though – there’s a brand new grant program that’s here to help! This program is designed specifically for businesses like yours who want to apply for different designations. Keep reading to find out more about this amazing opportunity and other grants available to small businesses.

The NAACP and Leslie’s: Certification Boost Grant

I’ve got some exciting news for you. The NAACP and Leslie’s Certification Boost Grant are joining hands to offer a fantastic opportunity to businesses. You see, they want to help out folks like you who own businesses and belong to certain groups. Who are these groups, you ask? Well, they’re people of color, women, people with disabilities, and businesses in Historically Underutilized Business Zones.

Now here’s the best part – if you qualify, you can get your hands on some funds and support through grants. These grants will help you obtain official certifications and designations like Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), and Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE). Pretty cool, huh?

Now, let’s talk specifics. This funding round is open to businesses in five amazing states: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, and Texas. If you’re in any of these states, you’re in luck! But remember, the deadline to apply is September 8.

So, don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity! Apply today and give your business the boost it deserves. Good luck!

NAACP and Leslie’s Partner to Provide Grants for Small Businesses

Louisiana Innovation Retention Grant

Did you know that Louisiana is offering extra funding to small businesses that are doing innovative things? It’s called the Louisiana Innovation Retention Grant program, and it’s really cool. Basically, if you have a small business in Louisiana and you receive a federal Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer grant, you could be eligible for up to $100,000 in state funding.

Here’s how it works. If you get a Phase I or Phase II SBIR/STTR award, you could be in luck. The state wants to encourage innovative projects all across Louisiana, so they’re giving out these grants as a way to give businesses even more incentive to apply for federal funding. And guess what? If you qualify, you’ll receive two equal payments over the course of two years.

The best part is that applications are open right now, so you can apply today and see if you qualify for this awesome opportunity. Don’t miss out!

Dubuque Small Business Support Grant

I have some exciting news to share with you from Dubuque, Iowa! They just started accepting applications for the city’s Small Business Support Grant. This awesome program is designed to help small businesses with their operating costs by awarding grants of up to $5,000. How cool is that?

To be eligible for this fantastic opportunity, small businesses need to meet certain income guidelines and be willing to participate in an eight-week training program. This program will not only help you grow personally and professionally but will also provide you with a mentor to guide you along the way. Isn’t that amazing?

The whole program is being managed by the awesome folks over at Fountain of Youth. They are doing an incredible job of supporting businesses in Dubuque, and I’m so excited to see what they can do for you!

The application period is open right now and will be accepting applications until September 15. So don’t wait, seize this opportunity and apply for the Small Business Support Grant today!

The Florida Panhandle Capital Readiness Collaborative

I’m excited to share that the Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida AM University just received a whopping $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency. With this generous funding, we’re going to build an amazing small business incubator to support folks who may face disadvantages but are eager to start their own businesses. It’s called the Florida Panhandle Capital Readiness Collaborative, and although it won’t directly give money to small businesses, it will offer ample resources and form partnerships to help minority and underserved entrepreneurs launch and grow their ventures.

Decoding ARPA Grants

I have exciting news for you. Grant applications for the American Rescue Plan Act Grant program in Reading, Pennsylvania are now available! The city just announced this awesome program, and I’ve got all the details for you. Let’s dive in!

The program aims to support our small businesses in Reading, Pennsylvania, and it’s going to be a game-changer. We’ve set aside a total of $2 million in funds, ready to be distributed to businesses that need it the most.

If your business is located on or planning to relocate to Penn Street, you can request a grant of up to $50,000. That’s a significant boost to help you grow and thrive. And don’t worry if your business is located elsewhere in the city; you can still apply for a grant of up to $25,000.

Now, here’s the important part: the application period is open right now! You can start working on your application and submit it before September 29. So don’t waste any time – seize this opportunity to give your business the support it deserves.

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