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2021 Small Business Grants For Entrepreneurs

Business grant recipients Small business grants are financial awards available to entrepreneurs and business owners who typically have fewer than 500 employees. The funding can come from a government agency, a non-profit organization, or another for-profit company. Awards typically range from $500 to up to $100,000.

Eligibility varies, and can depend on your location, your income, your ethnicity, your gender, your experience in business, as well as your longevity in business. Some small business grants can even require that you participate in a competition or write an essay to demonstrate your talents or need.

Grant funding is often provided to further the growth and development of small businesses - thus the term "Small Business Grants." Other grant programs are created to assist disadvantaged minority-owned businesses - thus the term "Minority Business Grants."

Grant funding (fully or partially) essentially means that the money that an applying entrepreneur receives is not considered as a part of his or her own risk. In other words, it’s completely risk free. The amount granted does not have to be repaid. This is much different than a business loan, which does require repayment with interest.

However, they are typically stipulations that grant recipients have to follow. Grantors usually require that the funding be used as indicated on the grant application, and in some cases (especially for large grant amounts), regular reports have to be made to the grantor to show that the grantee is using the funding appropriately. Some programs, though, have no stipulations at all, and how the funds are used is entirely up to the recipient.

Here are some of the top small business grant opportunities for US-based businesses:

Amber Business Grants For Women Dare to Dream Grant Program
DOT Disadvantage Business Enterprise Program Fedex Small Business Grant Contest
Huggies Mom Inspired Grant Program Intuit "Love Our Local Business" Competition
Miller Lite Tap the Future® Business Plan Competition Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Grants
National Association for the Self Employed (NASE) Growth Grants SBIR and STTR Grant Programs
Small Business Administration (SBA) Funding Programs StreetShares Foundation Veteran Small Business Award
USDA Rural Business Development Grants VetFran Business Grant Fund
Women's Business Center (WBC) Grant Program  

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Habits All Business Owners Should Develop

Habits All Business Owners Should Develop

Every business owner has seen the world change in many new ways since the beginning of the pandemic. Even after, many struggle to find their footing again. However, you haven’t lost progress, and there’s room to continue expanding your knowledge and confidence in your business. To help you do so, here are some helpful habits all business owners should develop.

Be Confident in Asking for Help

It’s okay to ask for help, especially now when we aren’t sure where the world is heading post-pandemic. However, as we focus on our businesses, we need to look at how we approach workplace matters like mental health, cleaning standards, and communication.

As we shift from fall into winter, it’s essential to keep everyone’s energy up, especially with cleaning protocols. Since you don’t need to worry about spring cleaning, it’s still necessary to clean during the winter to prevent people from tracking snow in and creating hazardous conditions inside the office.

Take Responsibility for Your Company

A great company leader always takes the initiative and stands up for their company, even taking responsibility for things that go wrong. When developing new practices, start setting goals for the business so everyone can succeed at the end of the day.

For example, money is great, but earning a ton of it at the end of the quarter shouldn’t be your goal. Rather, what matters most is ensuring all employees communicate with each other and deliver phenomenal service.

Be Passionate About the Business

Every business comes with its downsides, and one of them is not having the energy to put in your best effort every day. However, to succeed in the long run, you’ll need to ignite your passion with achievable goals.

If you find yourself growing bored of your business venture, consider coming up with new ways to implement unused parts of the business, such as unique divisions for marketing or finding a side hustle.

Practice Me-Time

Even as employees take time away from work, you need to do the same. It’s okay to take a day off now and then, primarily if you work consistently through holidays and weekends. Look at your calendar, randomly select days, and write them down so you can remind yourself to take a break.

Practicing self-care will help motivate you to go back to work and will give you a fresh perspective on what you need to rediscover yourself again.

As you learn the habits all business owners should develop, start at your own pace, and you will see the phenomenal progress you make in watching your business succeed. Every business can be successful, but it begins with you.

Ways To Improve Communication Between Team Members

Ways To Improve Communication Between Team Members

If you’re having trouble with communication among your employees, you can implement a few strategies to improve staff interaction. Check out these ways to improve communication between team members and learn some methods for effectively relaying information in the workplace.

What You Should Know as a New Warehouse Manager

What You Should Know as a New Warehouse Manager

Management can be an extremely rewarding position, but it’s also a fast-paced and highly detailed job. You will have to be well versed in everyone else’s jobs to ensure that staffing does their job well and keeps up with productivity. Here is a list of what you should know as a new warehouse manager.

What Businesses Should Look for in a POS System

What Businesses Should Look for in a POS System

 A point-of-sale system does more than handle transactions. A sophisticated system can help you keep up with sales, inventory, customer data, and much, much more. If your business is ready to invest in a POS system, you have to choose the right one. From better customer satisfaction to improved inventory, here’s what businesses should look for in a POS system.

Ways To Make Your Business More Accessible

Ways To Make Your Business More Accessible

 Have you stopped to consider how accessible your business is? Let’s take a look at ways to make your business more accessible. Applying a few fundamental changes will allow your business to create an accessible, friendly environment and welcome more customers.

How Small Businesses Can Fund ADA-Related Costs

How Small Businesses Can Fund ADA-Related Costs

Accessibility is more than a buzzword for small businesses. Adapting your workplace attracts a new customer base and keeps your company legally compliant with ADA standards. However, the cost of modifying your building to become compliant is sometimes higher than expected. Here are three ways small businesses can fund ADA-related costs for their office spaces or storefronts.