From epidemic recovery grant programs to small communities, large companies, and even an individual, there are a variety of grants available for small businesses. As always, these grants address specific issues, and the people and organizations providing the funds seek to help solve a problem in their communities or group of people.
When individual people make grants, the total amount is usually not that large, but it still helps those recipients greatly. This is the case with a grant from the Gabriel Society. Whether the grant is from an individual, government, or private organization, always keep track of the grants you are eligible for.
Epidemic recovery grant programs of up to $10,000 are now being offered nationwide. These grants are related to expansion, growth, economic development, fight against inflation etc.
Actress and entrepreneur Gabrielle Union has a $75,000 grant aimed at helping black women-owned businesses in fashion, skin care and hair accessories. Each recipient will receive $25,000.
If you happen to be in the hospitality and lodging industries and in Washington state, there is $100 million to help businesses affected by the pandemic.
Verizon is offering $10,000 to small businesses through its Digital Ready grant program in partnership with Next Street and LISC. Along with the grant, Verizon is also providing more than 40 online courses with personalized courses for free.
Small business news
This week’s roundup also includes the SBA’s decision to stop collecting some PPP loans, which could help many small businesses struggling under the current inflationary challenges they face.
Builders’ confidence continues to grow cautiously
Builder confidence is measured at 44%, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Housing Market Index released this week. HMI has risen steadily since the December 31, 2022 low. However, the future of housing is uncertain because of “volatility in interest rates.
The SBA was questioned about the decision to stop collecting some PPP loans
According to Representative Roger Williams of Texas, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has decided to stop collecting Paycheck Protection Plan loans with balances less than $100,000. PPP transitioned to the CARES Act, which was passed in March 2020 in response to the Covid pandemic. Until April 2020, SBA distributed PPP funds. The program ended on May 31, 2021.
Ranch Ice Cream? Brand Collab figures, why not?
Wait, Ranch flavored ice cream! Hidden Valley Ranch Ice Cream is one of Van Leeuwen’s seven new spring flavors. Most flavor combinations seem logical, such as Sweet Maple Corn Bread, Blood Orange Chocolate Chip, Carrot Cake, Strawberry Shortcake, Honey Graham Cracker, and Limoncello Cake. Most of us could fit in a cone of any of those flavors.
How what you eat contributes to your business success
People always emphasize exercise as the key to staying healthy while building a small business. On a day-to-day basis, I have always believed, as one of my coaches has always said, “movement is lotion.” But you also need to realize that what you feed your body is just as important as the amount of exercise (and sleep) you get.
Entenmann’s is bringing back the classic packaging after raging customer complaints
Entenmann’s, the bakery company based in New Jersey, has brought back their iconic “window packaging” after receiving customer complaints about the packaging design change. The Fox report said the company had switched to a new packaging design that did not feature an open window that allowed customers to see the product inside.
The NFIB maintains that employers can require uniforms with business logos
Small businesses across the country may soon have the freedom to require uniforms with business logos while allowing employees to display union logos in other ways. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) filed an amicus brief in support of Tesla in a recent case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Etsy Sellers Face Payment Delays After Silicon Valley Bank Collapses
Etsy sellers are bearing the brunt of the Silicon Valley bank collapse. An e-commerce marketplace popular with handmade artists has emailed sellers that payments to their accounts may be delayed. NBC News reports that Etsy has not provided a timeline for when payments to sellers will resume.
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