Business Resource Round-Up for September 2023

    August 29, 2023

    Business Resource Round-Up for September 2023
    Each month, we gather the best in small business resources and grant opportunities that support entrepreneurs.

    Nextdoor_Grant_SpringBoard_Sept_2023Keep It Local Business Fund

    The Keep It Local Business Fund is a partnership of Nextdoor Kind Foundation, NAACP, and Hello Alice, which awards $5,000 micro-grants to entrepreneurs of color, enabling them to help strengthen and support communities at a local level. Apply by Sept. 4.



    Certification Boost Grant 

    In collaboration between the NAACP and Leslie's, Inc., this grant program empowers entrepreneurs of color with $5,000 to assist in obtaining vital business certifications that facilitate connections with larger corporations seeking partnerships. Apply by Sept. 8.


    REV_Manufacturing_Hardware_Accelerator_SpringBoard_Sept_2023Manufacturing Hardware Accelerator 

    This manufacturing hardware accelerator is designed for startups based anywhere in the U.S. that have already developed a fully functional prototype and identified its customer market. Hardware and physical product startups with innovations geared toward businesses or consumers that include electronics, plastics, enclosures, mechanisms, and/or machines are encouraged to apply.  Apply by Sept. 25.


    TMobile-Hometown-Grant_SpringBoard_Sept_2023T-Mobile Refresh Community Spaces in Small Towns Grant

    Grants of up to $50,000 are available for shovel-ready projects to build, rebuild, or refresh community spaces that help foster local connections in small towns. Applications accepted from elected officials, town managers or employees, tribal leaders, or nonprofit community leaders from small towns with populations of less than 50,000. Apply by Sept. 30.


    Giving_Joy_SpringBoard_Sept_2023Giving Joy Grants

    Giving Joy awards one-time micro-grants up to $500 to women-led initiatives, giving women entrepreneurs critical resources to start businesses, sustain operations, or improve their ideas worldwide. Apply by Sept. 30.


    ProLiteracy_Literacy_Opportunity_Fund_SpringBoard_Sept_2023Literacy Opportunity Fund

    The Literacy Opportunity Fund is offering grants up to $6,000 for general operating expenses for nonprofit organizations that provide literacy services and programs to youth in the community. Apply by Oct. 10.


    Career_Wise_SpringBoard_Sept_2023CareerWise Apprenticeships

    CareerWise youth apprentices contribute to your bottom line as they train alongside your seasoned professionals, creating new talent pipelines for your business and making meaningful contributions to your diversity, inclusion, and equity goals. Learn more by emailing info@careerwiseusa.org



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    BMO and DreamSpring are excited to host aspiring and established small business owners in the Kansas City area at the Empowered Entrepreneurs Summit, held Thursday, Aug. 31. Learn the A – Zs of business financing from financial experts while networking with other entrepreneurs, community leaders, and entrepreneurship advocates. Join us from 8 – 9 a.m. at the BMO Long (Shawnee) branch. Register for free at bit.ly/KC-BMO-DreamSpring.




    Denver-area entrepreneurs can join Chase for Business at its Business Insight Seminar, held Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Grand Hyatt Denver. The free seminar includes networking, food, presentations, giveaways, one-on-one consultations with an industry expert, and resources to help you make your next move. Register now, as space is limited.




    The Outdoor Industry Summit highlights sustainable business practices and responsible tourism through four curated tracks: Innovations in Responsible Tourism, Empowering Sustainability in Business, Inspirational Business Models, and Collaborative Partnerships and Funding. Held Friday, Sept. 15, at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, CO. Find details and register in advance online.




    The 16th annual Veterans Small Business Conference, held Monday, Sept. 18, is the nation’s premier event for veteran entrepreneurs with expert speakers from across the country, practical training sessions, and relevant exhibitors for veterans, their business partners, and their spouses at any stage in their entrepreneurial journey. Explore government contracting, improved marketing efforts, potential certifications, and more at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center. Get details and register online.




    A virtual two-day mini-bootcamp, held Tuesday, Sept. 26, and Thursday, Sept. 28, helps climate and impact founders to create a financial model for investor conversations or day-to-day business management. Attendees get a “Monthly Finance Playbook for Startups” guide, free trials and discounts on Forecastr software, and access to CrowdSolve’s community. Find details and registration information online.