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Finurah Funding Friday: Black History Month Business Pitch Competition and Regional Grants

As entrepreneurs, you will realize that while some support systems require funding, there are also opportunities to receive technical assistance. Technical assistance for businesses can provide them with the guidance to also use various mediums such as video marketing to promote their value. This week’s roundup of grants and pitch competitions gives entrepreneurs a look at opportunities to improve their operations and to present themselves to new audiences.  

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Indiana Technical Assistance Program

The Indiana Small Business Development Center is accepting applications for the Indiana Technical Assistance Program. Through this statewide program, businesses are able to receive up to $15,000 in professional services. Recipients can use the funds for any business-related project requiring technical expertise. This includes product prototyping, inventory control systems, software application or technology development, legal assistance, intellectual property and grant writing assistance. Visit here for more information. The deadline is Feb. 20. 

North Carolina Facade Improvement Grant Program

Storefront improvement programs support business districts to improve traffic and remove blight. Businesses and commercial property owners located in Charlotte, North Carolina, are eligible to receive funding to improve exterior renovations and various site improvements. Funding is available to assist in facade renovations, signage, landscaping, parking and infrastructure improvements. In addition to allotted funds, additional funding may also be available for using certified Minority, Women or Small Business Enterprise firms. More information for this rolling grant program can be found here

Voodle Visionaries Grant Contest

Voodle, a video messaging platform, has launched the Visionaries Grant Contest. Entrepreneurs will compete by submitting a 60-second Voodle explaining how their business is helping to change the world. The contest is open to women, non-binary and Black, Indigenous and People of Color founders. The top 10 voodles will move to the final round of judging. A winner will be awarded a $10,000 grant and a featured spot on GeekWire’s weekly podcast. Interested business owners can visit Voodle for more information. The deadline to submit your video is Feb. 25. 

The She Boss Talk I Am Black Business Pitch Competition 

In celebration of Black History Month, She Boss Talk is sponsoring a business pitch competition for Black entrepreneurs. Businesses will need to submit a formal video pitching their company for a chance to win the grand prize of $1,000. Other grant awards include second place, $750; third place, $500 and fourth place, $250. To receive eligibility requirements, go to the website. The deadline is Feb. 28. 

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