September 15, 2014
The Mission Main Street Grant program by Chase is in full swing. As it has for the past two years, the program will award a small business grant to multiple recipients who qualify for the program and participate in the community voting process, so having a Facebook page is one of the requirements for entry.
$150,000 is available to 20 winning American small businesses which are for-profit, have been in business at least 2 consecutive years, and have fewer than 100 employees. Of course a few more conditions apply, and the company must fill out the grant application in full. After that, they have until October 17 to ask friends, family, customers, and the general public to send at least 250 votes their way to qualify for further review by a panel of judges.
The judges include Marc Nager of UP Global and Jon Kaplan of Google. “The Internet has proven to be a vital pipeline for small businesses, and it continues to connect more businesses to their customers every day,” said Jon Kaplan, Vice President of US Sales & Operations, Google Inc. “We’re excited to join Chase once again for the Mission Main Street Grants program to recognize some of the great small businesses around the country and help them make the most of the Web.”
Joining Nager, Kaplan, and a list of chairpersons for national boards, are celebrity entertainer Nick Cannon and celebrity chef Carla Hall. Hall held a Google Hangout with past winners to promote the contest to entrepreneurs here:
As if the $150,000 boost from Chase is not enough, Google is also providing the 20 winners with a trip to Google for an exclusive small business marketing workshop, a Google Chromebook Laptop computer, and a $2,000 coupon toward one market research study with Google Consumer Surveys.
Even applying for the grant has its benefits. Since Google is a Premier Sponsor, it will provide qualifying applicants with a marketing Toolkit and a $150 coupon toward one market research study with Google Consumer Surveys.
“Small businesses are invaluable to the growth of our economy and represent the lifeblood of the neighborhoods and communities they serve,” said Jennifer Piepszak, Head of Sales and Strategy for Chase Business Banking. “This year, we’ve expanded our grant program to help even more small businesses by contributing to their success and offering them insights and access to the best tools to fuel their growth.”
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