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Verizon Wireless Awards Business Grants To Domestic Violence Survivors

Verizon Wireless has awarded nine grants totaling $35,000 to domestic violence survivors across New York State to help them start or expand a small or home-based business. The grants are part of $45,000 committed to the Verizon Domestic Violence Entrepreneurship Grant Program announced last year in conjunction with the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.

The program is based on the premise that many domestic violence survivors have developed strong coping and problem-solving skills, as well as a strong incentive to be self-sufficient and violence-free, that can be applied to successfully getting a small or home-based business off the ground.

Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 and the funding can be used to make a down payment on a workspace, purchase a computer or other office equipment, purchase initial product inventory or supplies, etc.

Here's how the funds were allocated:

* Two $2,500 grants awarded to a downstate consultant assisting other small businesses with business continuity planning

* $2,500 to purchase materials and equipment, and to establish a website for a designer of hand-crafted jewelry and ornaments in Rockland County

* $2,500 awarded to provide on-camera coaching and training to help individuals in the Capital Region prepare for important life events

* $5,000 to provide workshops and counseling to student-parents in the New York City area to help them apply to college

* $5,000 to secure a location, equipment and supplies to open a hair and nail salon in Brooklyn

* $5,000 to help establish a one-stop center for domestic violence support in Dutchess County

* $5,000 for working capital to help a Rochester-area entrepreneur acquire rental property for domestic violence survivors and their children

* $5,000 to help launch a home decorating and design business in Rochester

Planning is currently underway to expand the program in New York State to create or expand workforce development/small business training programs for survivors and to provide ongoing business mentorships for grantees. The program is also being implemented in Virginia.

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