Grants of up to $150,000 available for startups and small businesses

One of the biggest ongoing challenges for startups is financing. And that is much more difficult if you are not in certain parts of the country. Localized or state-specific grants attempt to address these challenges by providing grants to help startups get the funding they need. This week’s exchanges look at such exchanges as well as what is available in other parts of the country.

With grants starting at $10,000 and going up to $150,000, the Florida High Tech Corridor Grants support technical research and development projects through funding and university partnerships. Some of the other scholarships currently available in Florida include Enterprise Florida Offers Virtual Business Matchmaking Scholarships, Florida Export Marketing Plan Grants, and others. If you’re in Florida, check out what else is available:

The Latest Florida Small Business Grant Opportunities

The challenges of the pandemic continue to affect small businesses, with Massachusetts providing up to $75 million in COVID grants to address the problem. If you have not received any COVID-related grants and your business is in underserved markets, including those of minorities, women, and veterans, read on for more information:

The latest wave of grants comes from GM to help businesses in Flint, Michigan, as well as other financing options in Hawaii, Florida and other locations. Read more here:

Small Business News Feed – March 11, 2022

Check out the rest of the news happening in the small business world this week:

Uber adds restaurant reservations and event ticket sales for businesses

People in 15 cities in the United States and Mexico can now use the Uber app to search and book experiences such as dinner reservations and live events.

Visa cuts credit card fees for small businesses

According to an AP report, Visa has announced it will cut credit card interchange fees or swipe fees for both online and in-store transactions by 10% for small businesses. Visa Lowers Credit Card Fees for Small Businesses Lowering fees will begin in April, and Visa hopes they will help maintain their status as one of the world’s largest payment companies.

New IRS Rule Will Lead to Widespread Phishing Scams

As tax season progresses in the US, new concerns about phishing scams are emerging as the new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) directive requires mobile payment apps to report commercial transactions totaling more than $600 in one year.

Rise in small business loan fraud attributed to pandemic

Credit fraud among small to medium-sized businesses has increased by 6.9% since 2020. More than a third of the growth in credit fraud against small and medium-sized businesses is attributed to the pandemic. These were some of the key findings from LexisNexis Risk Solutions’ Small and Midsize Business (SMB) Lending Fraud Study.

Inflation Concerns Biggest Since 1981 For Small Businesses

In the past month, small business owners’ inflation concerns rose from 22% to 26%. And according to the latest Small Business Optimism Index from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), this is the highest level since the third quarter of 1981.

Yotpo Accepts Candidates for Black-Owned Business Accelerator

The eCommerce marketing platform Yotpo has announced a call for applications for its Yotpo Grow brand incubator program. Yotpo Accepts Candidates for Black-Owned Business Accelerator Yotpo’s business is about helping brands strengthen their relationships with consumers through unified, data-driven solutions for loyalty, SMS marketing, ratings and more.

Transforming corporate culture into a race-conscious world

As a white Jewish kid growing up in middle-class America, I always thought I was born on second base. I got the chance to go to college where my parents paid half the tuition and I could borrow the rest. With an elite education, I got opportunities in the business world that most people don’t get.

Small Business Cybersecurity Issues Amid Russia-Ukraine Crisis

A week before Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a rare cyber warning saying “Shields Up”. The CISA said there are no specific or credible cyber threats to the US homeland at this time.

New Jersey City Closes Lukoil Franchise Businesses Amid Russia-Ukraine Conflict

The Newark, New Jersey City Council has frozen the operating licenses of Russian oil company franchises, including two Lukoil stations. New Jersey City Closes Lukoil Franchise Businesses The council voted unanimously to request the city administrator to suspend Lukoil’s Newark business activities.

The most popular and best-selling NFT collections this week

While cryptocurrencies have fallen dramatically in the past month, NFTs are still plodding along. Granted, it’s not at the same pace that brought in nearly $5 billion in January 2022, but the market doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

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