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2024 Ahold Delhaize USA Matchmaking Event

Through this virtual program, diverse-owned businesses will have the chance to pitch their products or services to the companies of Ahold Delhaize USA. Don’t wait, apply by July 1, 2024!

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The Creative Business Boost Initiative: $5K Grants

Introducing the Creative Business Boost Initiative, presented by Hello Alice and the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), with support from Etsy’s Uplift Fund! 100 creative entrepreneurs will be selected from eligible entrants to receive a $5,000 grant and access to an exclusive Boost Camp coaching program, helping them access the capital and resources they need for ...

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The NJ Cool Program

The NJ Cool program is a $15 million pilot program launched by the NJEDA to provide financial assistance to commercial building owners and tenants undertaking retrofit construction projects that reduce operating greenhouse gas emissions from existing commercial buildings in Newark, Edison, and Atlantic City.

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Inner City Capital Connections

ICCC is a tuition-free executive leadership training program designed by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) to help business owners in under-resourced communities build capacity for sustainable growth and resiliency. Through in-person and virtual seminars, digital learning modules, and individual coaching, our self-paced 40-hour “mini-MBA” allows you to customize a curriculum to fit your ...

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The Philadelphia 76ers & the AACC Commerce in Color Survey

Are you interested in becoming a concessionaire? Want to be entered into our raffle for one of four $100 Visa gift cards? We’re inviting Black business owners and entrepreneurs to complete this survey in a research effort that will support our partnership with the Philadelphia 76ers to help them achieve their goal of incorporating 40% Black-owned ...

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PepsiCo Greenhouse Accelerator Juntos Crecemos Edition Returns

PepsiCo invites businesses to apply for its mentorship program and a chance to receive up to $120,000 in business grants. This edition of Greenhouse Accelerator will focus on elevating high-potential Hispanic-owned CPG food and beverage startups that demonstrate the promise of transforming the industry with snacks and beverages that are better for people and the ...

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Entrepreneur Support Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday

Do you need entrepreneurial support? Schedule an appointment to have your questions answered. From drafting a business plan to sourcing funding and more!

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Going Global: News You Can Use

Export Promotion Events for Western PA Exporters. We hope to see you at our local in-person and virtual trade education events. Click the link for a complete list.

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Inglis Impact Accelerator

The Inglis Impact Accelerator is dedicated to fostering a more accessible and inclusive world by investing in entrepreneurs within, and allies to, the disability community with disruptive ideas and business ventures. In the Spring of 2024, the Inglis Impact Accelerator will run a 15-week virtual program concluding with a dynamic virtual pitch event. Deadline April ...

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Turner School of Construction Management

Turner Construction Company, Everybody Builds Philadelphia, and the General Building Contractors Association look forward to welcoming participants to the Turner School, which is designed to foster making connections and promote partnerships that enable participating companies to scale up their capabilities. Deadline April 5, 2024.

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Backing Small Businesses Grant Program In partnership with American Express

This year, eligible small business owners can apply for $10,000 grants for projects that grow or improve their businesses by building community, supporting their economic viability, or bolstering meaningful change. Deadline: April 7, 2024. The application period will end once 5,000 applications have been submitted, even if that occurs before the deadline.

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Growing Western PA’s Black-Owned Small Businesses with Sen. Casey’s Office, SBA, MDBA, PA Dept of General Services & Gannon SBDC

Thank you for your interest in the webinar, Growing Western Pennsylvania’s Black-Owned Small Businesses, with the Office of Senator Casey, the Small Business Administration, the Minority Business Development Agency, Gannon University’s Small Business Development Center, and the Pennsylvania Department of General Services on resources and services available to Western Pennsylvania’s Black-owned small businesses. Please see ...

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2024 FedEx® Small Business Grants Program

One $50K grand prize, nine additional $20k grants, and up to 100 businesses will be selected as Honorable Mentions and receive a $300 My FedEx Rewards voucher. Deadline : April 1, 2024.

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The EGCR is soliciting proposals for the Education Program for the 2024 Roundtable

The Eastern Gas Compression Roundtable is soliciting proposals for the Education Program for the 2024 Roundtable. You are invited to share your knowledge with topics in the Education Tracks.

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Tackle your Finances with FREE Business Counseling

Tax season. Winter sales. Planning spring promos. There’s so much to do to generate sales and keep your business going. What do you do? Meet with one of the USHCC Community Navigator Program’s bilingual business advisors! Make an appointment for a free counseling session today.

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$10.5 Million in Eligible Funding

Governor Josh Shapiro Opens Application for Historically Disadvantaged Businesses to Access $10.5 Million in Eligible Funding. Eligible small diverse businesses can apply for funding grants to assist with working capital, inventory, equipment, marketing, and costs to support ongoing operations. Deadline February 23, 2024.

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Grow Your Business with the Emerging Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) Program

The EYE program is uniquely designed to provide the next generation of minority entrepreneur participants ages 19-35 with support to enhance their growing business. Business owners will receive guidance from corporate sponsors, MBEs, and additional stakeholders through an interactive curriculum that includes development sessions, practical applications, corporate mentors, and best practices to implement in your ...

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PDL’s 2024 Supplier Diversity Matchmaking program

We’re partnering with ECRM and RangeMe to connect businesses from individuals or groups that have been historically underrepresented or underserved with the companies of Ahold Delhaize USA. And we want to hear from you about your consumer packaged goods! Deadline February 2nd.

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Encouraging Development, Growth & Expansion (EDGE) Grant Competition

The Division of Small Business awards EDGE Grants through a competitive selection process. Five Delaware based STEM-based companies can each receive up to $100,000 for eligible expenses. Five Entrepreneur Class (non-STEM) businesses can each get up to $50,000. Deadline March 1.

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The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator Designers-In-Residence (DIR) workshops

The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator will offer the Designers-In-Residence (DIR) comprehensive curriculum-based workshops focusing on the core components of how to build a brand, sustain a business, and break into the fashion marketplace. The workshops will include sessions ranging from trend forecasting, retail pricing and cost/value analysis, to distribution channels and finance management. Deadline February 2, ...

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SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Competition

Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice in President Biden’s Cabinet for America’s 33 million small businesses and startups announced the 2024 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition (GAFC) offering a total of $50,000 to $200,000 in prize awards to organizations seeking to foster a national innovation support ecosystem to advance ...

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Building a Successful Diverse Business (Spring Session)

This one-week program from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth is designed for emerging entrepreneurs who are looking to build a strong foundation of business knowledge and learn how to be a better supplier to corporations. Applicants should have a minimum of three years of experience running a business and at least $250,000 in ...

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International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 5 Apprenticeship

I am excited to announce that the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 5 will begin accepting applications for their upcoming apprenticeship class starting on January, 2nd 2024. Applications will close on Friday, January 19th, 2024 at 5:00 pm or when the first 400 applications have been requested.

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Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP)

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the design, acquisition, and construction of a regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement project. Deadline to apply is Jan 12, 2024.

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Small Business Series at the Wharton School

Sponsored by M&T Bank, this year’s Small Business Series (SBS) will support and showcase outstanding Black-owned organizations across Philadelphia to promote economic inclusion and racial equity. Selected businesses will participate in an entrepreneurship workshop at the Wharton School, delivered in partnership with M&T Bank. Deadline 11/10/2023.

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Bank of America Diverse Business Scholarship

Bank of America’s Supplier Diversity & Responsible Sourcing Team is pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for this year’s Diverse Business Scholarship. The scholarship is sponsored by Bank of America, funded through the generosity of Bank of America’s third parties, and administered by Communities Foundation of Texas. The program will award training and ...

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Application for Energy Upgrades for Businesses, Organizations, and Municipalities

Businesses, organizations, and municipalities located in Armstrong, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, or Washington Counties that are working to earn designation/certification with a Sustainable Pittsburgh Recognition Program can be eligible to apply for an energy and cost saving grant of up to $3,000!

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The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia CEO Access Network

CEO Access Network matches established C-suite executives from Chamber member companies with small business owners from underrepresented populations* in the Greater Philadelphia business community in order to drive business and create economic opportunity for regional businesses and residents. Partners share advice and counsel, as well as networking and business development opportunities. CEO Access Network is ...

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The Montco RISE (Real world Internship Skills and Experiences) Program

The Program will provide 20 Montgomery County youth and young adults, ages 18-24, with a comprehensive six to eight week, Fall paid internship through Pennsylvania’s American Recovery Program Act funds. Please complete this form if your organization is interested in hosting a Fall (Mid October to Mid December) 2023 Intern. MontcoWorks NOW staff will be ...

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Stephen L. Tadlock Veteran Grant

Inspired by Founders First CEO, Kim Folsom’s brother, U.S. Navy veteran Stephen L. Tadlock, the $25,000 fund will make investments of $1000 each to 25 veterans who are running employer-based small businesses across the country. The deadline is October 16, 2023.

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NMSDC Certification Reimbursement

The NMSDC Certification Reimbursement Initiative was created to enable our corporate members to support minority businesses by reimbursing the cost of the NMSDC application fee. Each business must meet the funding criteria of the funding sponsor company. By removing cost as a barrier to entry, the program is designed first to incentivize new minority businesses ...

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Delaware Encouraging Development, Growth and Expansion (EDGE) Grants 2023

The Division of Small Business awards EDGE Grants through a competitive selection process. Five STEM-based companies can each receive up to $100,000 for eligible expenses. Five Entrepreneur Class (non-STEM) businesses can each get up to $50,000. The funds are provided as a $3 (state) to $1 (business) match. And the Division can provide up to ...

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ASM Global Business Incubator Program

The program is an exclusive initiative designed to support and accelerate the growth of diverse-owned businesses. This program is open to all; whether you are already a valued ASM Global supplier or an aspiring collaborator, this program welcomes all with innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit! The ASM Global Business Incubator Program is designed to nurture ...

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Commonwealth Workforce Transformation Program (CWTP)

The Shapiro Administration will work with companies, contractors and unions who are working on projects funded by Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) or the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) to reimburse costs related to on-the-job training for new workers. When a contractor or a union is working on a federally funded project, they will be ...

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Peapod Digital Labs Supplier Diversity Matchmaking Program

PDL’s fourth (and final!) Supplier Diversity Matchmaking program of 2023 is officially OPEN! We’re partnering with ECRM and RangeMe to connect businesses from individuals or groups that have been historically underrepresented or underserved with the companies of Ahold Delhaize USA. Submit your application by August 7th to be considered.

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NBCUniversal’s EDGE Program

NBCUniversal’s EDGE is the industry’s first business capacity building program geared toward the development of and investment in diverse owned businesses that specialize in media, marketing and digital technology. Apply by August 4, 2023.

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Turner School of Construction Management Fall 2023

Turner Construction Company, in partnership with UPMC, the University of Pittsburgh, Highmark Healthcare, and Carnegie Mellon University, is pleased to launch the Fall 2023 Turner School of Construction Management training program. Kicking off on August 8th, this FREE 9-week course is designed to prepare minority, women-owned, veteran/disabled, LGBTQ+, and small business contractors for future business ...

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The Spark Grant

The Spark Grant is a new program funded by Energize Delaware’s Empowerment Grant. It was developed to fund energy efficiency improvements (also referred to as energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades) and ENERGY STAR rated products for minority-owned small businesses and microbusinesses in low- and moderate-income  communities in Delaware, particularly in Opportunity Zones. Deadline July 31, 2023.

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Swim with the Sharks Pitch Competition

Delaware entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to compete for a $10,000 Grand Prize grant (provided by the New Castle County Office of Economic Development initiative NCC Innovates), Runner Up, and People’s Choice Award prizes to help them launch and grow their business. Applications are now open until August 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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Comcast Rise 2023

Comcast RISE, a multi-year commitment to provide marketing, creative, media, and technology services to small businesses owned by people of color or women. Deadline June 30, 2023

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NBMBAA Scale Up Pitch Challenge | Philadelphia Edition 2023

This inaugural event aims to spotlight the brightest innovators based in the City of Brotherly Love. The top three trailblazers will earn the opportunity to advance to the Scale-Up Nationals Semifinals, hosted during the 2023 National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Conference in Philadelphia. These finalists will join seven other contestants from across the nation to ...

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Verizon Small Business Digital Ready

Our program helps small businesses thrive by offering free and quick online business courses on marketing, finance, efficiency and more, as well as networking and expert coaching. Grant application is now open. Register for Digital Ready, complete any combination of two courses, coaching events, and community events, and apply by May 12, 2023.

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CCP “Power Up Your Business”

Through this 12 week, 36-hour program, you will gain practical skills that you can immediately put into action and learn how to create a business improvement plan to help grow your business. Learn the foundations of small business management and other tools needed for a successful small business through this FREE training program. Apply by ...

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PGW Energy Innovation Lab

The Energy Innovation Lab is a two-year incubator program with a mission to help support young businesses that have the potential to bring innovation to the energy industry, and increase energy efficiency and affordability. Sponsored by Philadelphia Gas Works in conjunction with Temple University’s Small Business Development Center, this program will provide small businesses with ...

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Merck Economic Inclusion Virtual Lab

The Economic Inclusion and Supplier Diversity team is proud to be bringing back the Merck Economic Inclusion Virtual Lab starting Monday May 1st, 2023, at 9:00AM EST., with monthly events through December 2023 (May 1st’s theme will be Celebrating U.S. National Small Business Week)!   With the return of the Merck Economic Inclusion Virtual Lab, there ...

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Black Ambition

BLACK AMBITION is a set of Prizes to fund bold ideas and companies led by Black and Hispanic entrepreneurs. Eligible ventures will compete for awards between $15,000 to $1,000,000. Up to 250 semi-finalists will be selected, with one grand prize winner receiving $1,000,000. Deadline May 8, 2023

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Bridge Built by Citi

Reach dozens of bank lenders in as little as 20 minutes. Bridge works with a set of regional banks and CDFIs to evaluate your loan needs. Lenders on Bridge are currently focused on US-based businesses with at least $100k in Annual Revenue.

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The Tory Burch Foundation Women of Color Grant Program

In partnership with the Fearless Fund, The Tory Burch Program annouces the Women of Color Grant. Grants will be awarded to 75 women ranging from $10,000 to $20,000. Deadline to apply is April 28, 2023

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Apple Impact Accelerator

The Apple Impact Accelerator is a capacity-building program designed for Black-, Hispanic/Latinx-, and Indigenous-owned businesses that share our focus on innovation and our commitment to the environment. With customized training and access to Apple experts, our Impact Accelerator helps companies achieve their next stage of development.

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National Kitty Fund: Helping Mom-Preneurs Grow Their Businesses

The Kitty Fund makes small micro investments in Moms who are running employer-based small businesses with two or more employees. For 2023, this $25,000 fund will make investments of $1,000 to 25 mother-led business owners in the form of grants. The deadline to complete the application is Monday, April 17, 2023.

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One Million Black Women: Black in Business

Through the One Million Black Women: Black in Business, participants will learn how to better understand their finances, hire their first employee, price their products or services, and much more – at no cost to the business owner. Apply by April 21st to be considered for the Fall 2023 Cohort of OMBW: Black in Business.

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CyberReadyMBE Accepting Registration Until April 30

Provided free to NMSDC-certified MBEs, the self-paced program takes participants through 17 controls that are used in many cyber assessment tools, including the DoD’s CMMC, the DoE’s C2M2, the finance sector’s Sarbanes-Oxley controls, and the NIST framework among others. Deadline April 30.

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Wells Fargo Scholarships Available for Tuck Diversity Business Programs

Applicants who are interested in being considered for a Wells Fargo scholarship must complete the online application and enter “Wells Fargo Applicant” under the “Sponsor Company” field. Deadline to Apply: April 28 Cohort Dates: June 25-30

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Construction Fundamentals

GBCA regularly offers the following online construction courses through Construction Experts Inc. These courses can be taken at your own pace within the time allotted. The 10-week courses are offered four times per year (please check the start date).

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How to Start Your New Business in the AEC Industry

For anyone who has or is looking to start a business in the Architect, Engineer, and Construction (AEC) industry, this session is for you!

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Mastercard Fearless Strivers Grant Contest

With Mastercard prizing, we’ll be awarding four lucky small businesses across the country with $20,000 grants, digital tools to help them grow their business online, and mentorship so they can continue to bolster their business. There are four entry periods throughout the year.

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Ladies Who Launch Grant and Mentorship Program

The Launch Program will provide 20 women and non-binary small business owners with a $10,000 grant and six months of educational programming. Deadline March 31, 2023.

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HerRise Micro-Grant

The HerRise Micro-Grant provides financial assistance, with the help of our corporate sponsors and donors, to women of color creating innovative solutions that impact their community and that are often unable to secure funding for their small business. Each month a $500 micro-grant will be awarded to a small business owned by women of color.

SoGal Black Founder Startup Grant

These rolling $10,000 and $5,000 grants are specifically for Black women entrepreneurs who aspire to launch “the next billion dollar business.”

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Amber Grant for Women

WomensNet is proudly giving away at least $30,000 every month in Amber Grant money. In recognition of the diversity of businesses owned by women, we’ve also expanded our grant-giving to include “Marketing Grants,” “Business Category Grants,” as well as two “$25,000 Year End Grants.”

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Verizon Small Business Digital Ready

Verizon is helping small businesses succeed by offering key resources like free online courses, expert coaching, peer networking and grant opportunities. Deadline May 12, 2023.

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Selling to the World

Selling to the World: Growing a Vibrant, Inclusive and Connected Economy for Greater Philadelphia is the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia’s (WTCGP) exciting new program to restore and expand the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), both established exporters and new-to-exporting companies. Deadline March 15, 2023.

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Building for Growth (BFG)

Building for Growth (BFG) is a national, online, tuition-free executive education program that helps BIPOC- and woman-owned construction contractors build capacity and develop sustainable growth strategies that position their businesses to increase revenues and profits. The BFG program launched its inaugural cohort in 2022, which served 54 construction businesses from 19 states. 91% of the ...

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The Spirit of Small Business

The Spirit of Small Business, empowered by LegalZoom and in partnership with the Philadelphia 76ers, is a seasonal program that will extend, leverage, and amplify our collective efforts in fighting the larger systemic issue of equal access for the small business community. We are providing a fully integrated marketing campaign highlighting small local businesses across ...

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2023 Stabilization Grant Program

The grant is a one-time infusion of capital to help the business:Stabilize: recover from a specific deficit/challenge (e.g. replace a failing HVAC system, repair an outdated production space,  etc.) Grow: take advantage of an opportunity to increase revenue or decrease expenses (e.g. purchase a piece of equipment that will improve productivity, improve the interior of ...

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USDA and EDA Launch Resource Guide to Boost Economic Development in Rural Communities

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development just released a joint resource guide to help community organizations access USDA and EDA resources to build strategies to boost economic development in rural America.

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The BOSS Impact Fund Grant Program

With a $1.5 million Sage “Invest in Progress” Grant Program over the next three years, Sage and BOSS are knocking down barriers for Black women entrepreneurs. The BOSS Impact Fund supports Black women-led businesses to build scalable, growth-aggressive companies. Deadline February 24, 2023.

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FedEx® Small Business Grant Contest

The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is here, and so is your chance at $30K. You’ve been all in for your business since day one, now share your passion, success, and story with us for the opportunity to win big. Deadline February 21, 2023.

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2023 Emerging Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) program

The Emerging Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) program is a year-long program uniquely designed to provide the next generation of minority entrepreneur participants ages 19-35 with support to enhance their growing business. Participants will receive guidance from corporate sponsors, MBEs, and additional stakeholders.

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Commerce Department’s MBDA Announces Nearly $100 Million to Expand Opportunities for Underserved Entrepreneurs

The U.S. Department of Commerce launched the Capital Readiness Program grant competition, which dedicates $93.5 million to help minority and other underserved entrepreneurs launch and scale their businesses. This program, administered by the Minority Business Development Agency, marks the largest program of its kind in the history of the Commerce Department.

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FedEx Small Business Grant

Since 2012, the Small Business Grant Contest has awarded more than $1.5 million in cash and prizes to over 100 small businesses. The contest, which awards unique and innovative small businesses, has drawn more than 50,000 entrants—including nearly 18,000 in 2022. We love seeing our winners continue to grow.

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Fifteen Percent Pledge Achievement Award

The Fifteen Percent Pledge recently announced the launch of its first-ever Achievement Award – a $200,000 grant that will be presented to a rising Black entrepreneur at its second annual Gala in February 2023. Black business owners can apply for a grant now through December 31st. The Pledge will also present two finalists with respective grants of $35,000 and $15,000.

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Hello Alice $5,000 Grants for Your Small Business

The Small Business Growth Fund provides the capital entrepreneurs need to make their next big move. Each recipient will receive a $5,000 grant, provided by Mastercard, to accelerate their growth and continue to help make 2022 the year of their small business.

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Resources for Hispanic and Latino Businesses

To aid these business owners, we’ve gathered resources they can use to grow and scale. This list of articles, podcasts, infographics and more covers a variety of topics.

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Abbott-LISC Initiative to Support Diverse Businesses in Health

Abbott and LISC are collaborating to address these barriers through a $37.5 million initiative to support diverse small businesses and the communities they serve. This includes growth capital, loans and coaching to help business leaders grow their companies and create jobs – which will build a more resilient and inclusive healthcare supply chain for Abbott ...

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Business Consortium Fund Announces New Capital for Minority Business Enterprises

NMSDC is excited to announce that the Business Consortium Fund (BCF) has secured additional capital for NMSDC-certified minority business enterprises (MBEs).

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$500 Mini Grants for Small Businesses

Once you register for the Greenwood Week(end) Conference, you can apply for the chance to get a $500 Grant. ONLY ALL ACCESS PASSES or CLASS PASSES make applicants eligible. PURCHASING [THUR] STRATEGIC PLAN PRES. WILL NOT MAKE APPLICANTS ELIGIBLE. Deadline September 31.

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NMSDC Certification Reimbursement Initiative

NMSDC is excited to announce the Certification Reimbursement Initiative. This program provides a way for minority business enterprises (MBEs) to eliminate the burden of the certification fee. Each business must meet the funding criteria of the funding sponsor company.

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Applications for LIFToff’s CareTech Challenge Now Open

Comcast NBCUniversal is committed to supporting their employees, customers, and communities by identifying, and potentially investing in or partnering with, startups and emerging technologies that address the challenges of the care economy. Specific areas of focus include care coordination solutions, family communication portals, smart scheduling platforms, and tech-enabled services that bridge the trust gap or ...

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PAGE Hurdle Fund

The Hurdle Fund serves Black and Brown-owned businesses seeking to eliminate small, low-cost hurdles – including insurance, equipment, certification, and more – in order to win new or grow existing contracts with local institutions.

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Comcast Rise

Apply today. The deadline for your small business application is October 14, 2022. Comcast RISE, a multi-year commitment to provide marketing, creative, media, and technology services to small businesses owned by people of color or women.

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$5,000 Grant through JP Morgan Chase’s Breakthrough Program

To qualify for the program, founders must: Identify as a Black or Latina woman; Have an established business in the Philadelphia area that has been registered for at least one year; Have majority ownership of an established business with demonstrated traction; Have a technology component to their business (website or mobile app); Generate a minimum ...

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Invest PGH Micro-Enterprise Loan Program

The Micro-Enterprise Loan Program is part of Invest PGH’s strategy to promote opportunities for groups who have not had ready access to business financing in the City of Pittsburgh, including minority- and women-owned businesses.

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The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) Grant Program

The RACP program offers matching grants, generally ranging from $500,000 to $5,000,000, funded by the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of economic development, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP grant awards are issued by the Commonwealth and administered through the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development (PAID) for projects ...

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Peapod Digital Labs Launches Private Brand Incubator Program for Diverse-Owned Suppliers

We are currently accepting applications until August 5th for our 2022 Private Brands Incubator Program. The Incubator is designed to develop new, exceptional quality, private-labeled products in partnership with certified, diverse-owned suppliers. During the two-and-a-half-month program, chosen participants will learn from PDL’s Private Brands team about the private brand structure and goals, grow their knowledge ...

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SPC COVID-19 Recovery Loan Program

Under this program, small businesses can apply for financing to help pay for current employee salaries, rent, utilities, and inventory purchases. SPC will examine the previous six months of payroll expenses for those applying to pay for current employee’s salaries, and consider proof of other hardship by reviewing business tax returns and financials from unaffected ...

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A grant program supporting Hispanic entrepreneurs in partnership with Progressive® Commercial Insurance

The Driving Small Business Forward fund will provide $25,000 to ten small businesses towards the purchase of a commercial vehicle to accelerate their business. Deadline June 17.

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Apple Impact Accelerator

Apple is accepting applications for its 2022 Impact Accelerator, a program for Black-, Hispanic/Latinx-, and Indigenous-owned companies on the cutting edge of green technology and clean energy. The program is an important component of Apple’s strategy to be 100% carbon neutral by 2030 and a part of our $130 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI). ...

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WorkReady – Hire a Summer Intern

Help a young person develop essential skills for future employment by providing them with a summer work experience. Youth need summer work experience. Employers need young talent. That’s why in 2020 we are asking the business community to be #ALLin4WorkReady by ensuring that every young person who wantsa summer job can have one.

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EYE Program Applications for the 2022 Cohort Now Open

NMSDC is here to serve as a growth engine for certified minority businesses, and it’s critical that we foster the next generation of entrepreneurs to ensure we are driving socioeconomic equity and generational wealth. We are looking for the brightest young talent, ages 19-35, to join our 2022 cohort. Deadline April 22.

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Jobber Grants – Rewarding Great Work in Home Service

You’re out there every day doing great things for your community, and we want to spotlight your business through our $150,000 Jobber Grants program built to reward great work in home service. Deadline to apply is May 26, 2022.

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BRIGHT: Business Resilience, Innovation, Growth, Hustle, Transform

Whether you are in the early stages or own a business that needs a growth plan, taking time to step back and plan is crucial for success and to avoid mistakes. Join us for this six week virtual program and develop your business strategy alongside other entrepreneurs.

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Ally Q2 Supplier Diversity Spotlight Event – Elevator Pitch Session Opportunity

Ally’s Q2 event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12th from 2-4pm EST, and we would like to extend an invitation to the 2-3pm Elevator Pitch opportunity. This lighthearted session will provide a fun and interactive chance for suppliers to share 90-second pitches with the Ally Supply Chain team, attending executives and business line partners, as well ...

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Dream Big Awards

Every year at The Big Week for Small Business, the Dream Big Awards program honors the achievements of small businesses and highlights their contributions to America’s economic growth. The 2022 Small Business of the Year award winner will receive national recognition and a $25,000 cash prize! Deadline is July 8.

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SEED Immersion Program

SEED is a startup immersion program designed by Innovation Studio, Retail Business Services and ADUSA Supply Chain for startups working in the grocery retail and supply chain industries. Retail Business Services and ADUSA Supply Chain are services companies that along with Peapod Digital Labs support leading omnichannel grocery brands, including Food Lion, Giant Food, The ...

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2022 Accelerator Roadshow

LIFT Labs and Techstars, trusted leaders in the startup ecosystem, bring you the 2022 Roadshow recruiting for the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars!If you’re a founder building a product or technology in the Connected Living, Immersive and Inclusive Experiences, or Smart, Sustainable Enterprise spaces, join us for a panel session and office ...

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Delaware Encouraging Development, Growth and Expansion (EDGE) Grants

Businesses who are less than five years old and employ no more than 10 employees are eligible to apply for an EDGE Grant. The grants are awarded through a competitive selection process. Five STEM-based companies can receive up to $100,000 for eligible expenses while five Entrepreneur Class (non-STEM) businesses can receive up to $50,000 for ...

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Walker’s Legacy Women Who Enterprise Business Accelerator

Women Who Enterprise (WWE), sponsored by OMBW, is a 3-month, business accelerator training program that utilizes a structured culturally competent curriculum, a virtual easy access cohort model, and expert lectures to aid existing Black Women entrepreneurs in their pursuit of advancing business operations and access to funding.

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One Million Black Women: Black in Business

Goldman Sachs has spent the last decade helping small businesses grow with 10,000 Small Businesses. Now, One Million Black Women is taking it further — reaching Black women sole proprietors with the tools necessary to turn their business potential into business growth. Through the One Million Black Women: Black in Business, participants will learn how to better understand ...

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Incubator Opportunity

A free yearlong incubator program that equips entrepreneurs with the tools to launch, build and grow a sustainable business.

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Grant assistance for PECO Commercial Natural Gas Customers

Small businesses affected by the pandemic can now apply to receive a one-time grant of $500 towards their existing PECO natural gas account.  The grant will be applied directly to your bill and will lower current outstanding balances or provide a credit for future charges.

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Verizon Small Business Digital Ready

Setting a big goal can be daunting, but help is here. We’ve put together some top tips from the Verizon Small Business Digital Ready experts to help you find success for your business in 2022. Find tips from industry leaders, and enroll in their courses for free, when you sign up for Verizon Digital Ready today.

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Women of Color Business Grant Opportunity: Deadline February 9

Fearless Fund and The Tory Burch Foundation are partnering again to launch the Women of Color Grant Program along with The Cru. Together, they will award up to 150 deserving small businesses $10,000- $20,000. In addition, you will be awarded access to a peer network to help you continue to build and grow your business. ...

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4th District Container Village

Councilmember Curtis Jones, Jr., Majority Whip, is in the process of creating the 4th District Container Village! This will be a retail “Container Mall”, utilizing refurbished oversized shipping containers which will be constructed and located in the Parkside area in West Philadelphia!  This mall will allow 20 plus vendors an opportunity to sell merchandise within a high-end ...

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Looking for retail-ready, certified, diverse-owned suppliers

The great local brands of Ahold Delhaize USA, which includeFood Lion, The GIANT Company, Giant Food, Hannaford, Stop & Shop, Retail Business Services and Peapod Digital Labs, are partnering with RangeMe to discover new diverse-owned suppliers with products in the listed categories.

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Boost Your Business

The City of Philadelphia is launching Boost Your Business, a fund for equitable business growth. Businesses owned by people of color face unique barriers in accessing resources and opportunities, which was only worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Boost Your Business will provide funding to help diverse entrepreneurs in Philadelphia scale their businesses.

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Advancing Black Entrepreneurs by Chase for Business

In partnership with Chase for Business, Black Enterprise, the National Urban League, and the U.S. Black Chambers we’ve launched Advancing Black Entrepreneurs- a collection of practical resources to help Black business owners grow and scale their business. This educational program, specifically for Black business owners, highlights topics that are vital to business growth and sustainability. ...

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BCF Launches Micro Loan Fund

Introducing our NEW Microloan product. Limited Funds Available. To apply, visit www.bcfcapital.com starting November 9. Terms: • Minimum Loan Size: $10,000 • Maximum Loan Size: $100,000 • Eligible Purposes: Technology upgrades, working capital, equipment, inventory • Maximum Term: 5 years • Interest Rate: 3% for loans up to $75,000; other loan amounts subject to higher ...

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Small Business Saturday Promo

Join our buy EMSDC campaign by submitting a promo ad and details to be included in our ads that run November 15 through December 15!

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Exelon Announces $36 Million Equity Fund

Exelon Announces $36 Million Equity Fund to Support Minority-Owned Business Growth. Racial Equity Capital Fund will provide needed capital to help minority-owned businesses create jobs and expand in communities served by Exelon’s utilities

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Small Business Progress Loan from Accion Opportunity Fund

With an investment from American Express, Accion Opportunity Fund can offer more small businesses access to loans. In addition, American Express is providing valuable resources for your business to continue to succeed.

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Applications are now open for the Chamber’s 2021-2022 CEO Access Network cohort

The Chamber’s CEO Access Network matches established C-suite executives from Chamber member companies with small business owners from underrepresented populations in the Greater Philadelphia business community to drive business and create economic opportunity for regional businesses and residents. Submit your application by Friday, September 10.

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Small Wins! Competition For Small Businesses

CBS3 and The CW Philly are making a major investment in small businesses in our area, owned by and/or serving minority communities and/or women. Small Wins! will award a total of $300,000 in on-air advertising and cash grants to small businesses from Philly and its suburbs to Delaware, South Jersey, the Poconos and the Lehigh Valley.

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URA Approves New Support For Lending Program In Pittsburgh’s Historically Black Neighborhoods

On Thursday, the board of Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority greenlit a lending program for Avenues of Hope, which aims to revitalize business corridors in seven historically Black city neighborhoods. The new program is intended to help businesses buy time and build wealth: Applicants will be able to borrow up to $200,000, with no payments for ...

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EY Entrepreneurs Access Network

Ernst & Young LLP (EY) recognizes a lack of access to resources and capital hinders many Black and Latino businesses from achieving their full potential, and the pandemic amplified the impact of these barriers. EY created EAN to help bridge the gaps for these leaders and companies to thrive. Deadline Sept 17, 2021.

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Fall 2021 Turner School of Construction Management

Turner Construction Company and UPMC are pleased to launch the Fall 2021 Turner School of Construction Management training program. Kicking off on September 21st, this FREE 9-week in-person course is designed to prepare minority, women-owned, veteran/disabled, LGBTQ+, and small business contractors for future business opportunities.

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$60K in Grant Money for Philadelphia/New Jersey Businesses

Diverse founders with more than 2 employees can apply for one of 20 grants totaling $60,000 – plus grant recipients also receive a scholarship to one of our stellar management accelerator programs to chart your growth path to $5M+ in revenue.

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Share the Green

Following last year’s inaugural Share the Mic & the Money Now event, Share the GreenSM is a supplier initiative aimed to advance female diversity in corporate supply chains. This year’s virtual event will engage hundreds of women-owned businesses across the U.S. Selected women-owned businesses will have the opportunity to showcase their capabilities to major corporations, while ...

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Amazon commits $150 million to empower Black entrepreneurs

Amazon’s new Black Business Accelerator provides access to capital, business guidance, mentorship, and marketing support to help Black business owners succeed as sellers in Amazon’s store. Black-owned businesses are significant contributors to the economic vitality of U.S. communities. MBDA is proud to collaborate with Amazon on its Black Business Accelerator.

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CASTUS Fellowship for Minority Owned Businesses

In 2020, we launched the #PittsburghCommunitySpotlight series which highlighted minority-owned businesses in Pittsburgh. This year we’re challenging ourselves to do more. We’re launching the CASTUS Fellowship Program to help minority Business Owners achieve their goals. June 30 is the deadline to apply.

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Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) Grant Information

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund will offer $28.6 billion in grants to hard-hit restaurants and bars, with restaurants able to apply for grants based on lost revenue. The minimum grant amount will be $1,000 and the maximum will be $5 million. If your calculations show that your reduction on income was less than $1000, then you ...

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Small Business Bonding Readiness Assistance Program

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) entered into a partnership to establish and facilitate the Small Business Bonding Readiness Assistance Program (SBBRAP). This initiative was designed to better position New Jersey small, minority, veteran and women-owned businesses to compete for state, county, municipal, ...

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Free 6-Month Dropbox Trial

If you would like to access the free 6-month Dropbox trial, please email StephanieS@Dropbox.com so she can provide you with the unique link! No credit card or commitment needed, no strings attached – just a free trial to see if Dropbox and the other programs integrated within Dropbox like Slack and Zoom are useful for your business! ...

Community Power to Prosper Program – Deadline June 16

The Community Power to Prosper Program, a no-cost, 6-month certificate program provided by the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence (IEE), is designed for owners of existing inner city businesses interested in entrepreneurship and growth. The program’s goal is to identify barriers and opportunities and develop strategies for growth in sales, profits, and enterprise value.

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Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell

The Bank of America Supplier Diversity & Responsible Sourcing Team proudly extends the opportunity to participate in an online course for women entrepreneurs as part of the Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell. This certificate program will provide participants no-cost access to a virtual learning experience conducted by Cornell faculty. With a ...

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