Count Me In is the first national not for profit founded to help women grow their micro-businesses to million-dollar enterprises. They are currently accepting grant applications.
There are 15 grants available at $10K and 4 grants available at $25K each. Contestants have two weeks to complete the application starting on Wed June 24th when the link to the official application will be live. All applications are due no later than Thursday July 8, 2020 COB 5pm PST. More information can be found here.
Bank of America announced on Tuesday, June 2 that it would be making a $1 billion, four-year commitment of additional support to help local communities address economic and racial inequality accelerated by a global pandemic. In addition to continuing to enable the Institute to offer the certificate in Women’s Entrepreneurship for free, this commitment will also include $100 million to support nonprofit partners and $250 million to assist with lending to small and minority-owned businesses.
This article from Time shares examples of small businesses banding together rather than competing head to head to weather the challenges presented by public health necessitated lockdowns. By thinking both creatively and collaboratively, these businesses have been able to stay afloat while also building a community stronger than the one before COVID-19.
While published in late March (which seems like *more* than only a few months ago) this article in Entrepreneur highlights ten important items to consider as your are navigating how to keep your small business afloat during this challenging time. While you may have already addressed many of these items, it is still a useful list to skim through.