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New grants and awards for small businesses

New grants and awards for small businesses


Tax filing tips, tricks, and expert strategies

During last week’s episode of Ready. Set. Scale., experts addressed challenges faced by small business owners, offering practical solutions for financial management and tax optimization year-round. ICYMI, learn strategies for healthy cash flow and how to align business goals with financial decisions in this full event recap.

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Boost your B2B success this year by embracing developing technologies and refreshing your online presence. Start implementing these potent digital strategies today for year-long growth.

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Looking to boost visibility of your Black-owned businesses? Check out these Black-owned business directories to connect with minority-owned brands and reach a new audience of conscious consumers.


Save the Date!

Apply for this $50K grand prize starting Mar 1

The FedEx® Small Business Grants Program opens this Friday, March 1. Check your eligibility and get more details about how to apply before April 1, 2024, at the link below.

And speaking of money — check out how you can save with FedEx shipping discounts when you become a USCC member, here.



How to Hire and Pay Independent Contractors

The use of independent contractors is increasing, and there’s no sign of this trend slowing down anytime soon. Find out what you need to know when hiring and paying independent contractors, including the difference between contractors and employees, which tax forms you’ll need to file, and where to get help with onboarding and payments in this guide.



The UPS Store Small Biz Challenge presents an exciting opportunity for small business owners, offering a grand prize including a cash award from the $35,000 prize pool, a trip to Miami, Florida, and a spotlight in Inc. magazine. Applications are due on March 8.

‌The Skip AI Innovation Grant will award $10,000 to fund the development of artificial intelligence-based innovation in business. The grant is open to all U.S.-based small business owners and entrepreneurs in all stages and sizes of business. Applications are due March 15.

The Skip $10k Perseverance Grant celebrates the grit and determination of small business owners. Entrepreneurs and small business owners at all stages of business are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is March 31.

‌The Comcast Innovation Fund provides grants to support technology and research “for the betterment of the Internet.” Areas of interest for the 2024 grant year include open-source development, general and targeted research, and work that enhances the growth of the Internet. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funds for 2024 are disbursed.

The FedEx Small Business Grant is set to award over $230,000 in grants and services to 10 U.S.-based small businesses. One grand prize winner will receive $50,000 and nine additional recipients will be granted $20,000 — along with various perks, including print credit, consultation services, and more. Applications open March 1 and close April 1.

More grant & program information can be found here.

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