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Small Business Grants, Tax Write-Offs, Crowdfunding

Unlock the power to propel your business forward! From securing grants and optimizing taxes to leveraging crowdfunding and digital marketing, we're here to guide you.

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Small Business Grants to Apply for in February

February is ripe with opportunities for small businesses seeking financial support. A variety of grants are available, covering everything from rural business support to downtown storefront improvements.

Key opportunities include the Citizens Small Business Community Champion Award offering $10,000 grants across 14 states, the Raleigh Storefront Upfit Grant for commercial building improvements, and the Hawaii Manufacturing Assistance Program providing between $1,500 and $100,000 for manufacturing upgrades. Additionally, grants up to $25,000 are available for businesses focusing on exterior improvements like signage and landscaping, aiming to boost local community appeal​​​​.

Read on for detailed information on these grants and application deadlines.

TikTok Supporting Small Businesses and Creators with New Grant

TikTok has launched the Innovate Together Grant Program, in partnership with Black Girl Ventures, offering grants to businesses and creators in the beauty, lifestyle, or consumer sectors who have a TikTok account. The program aims to support 12 businesses and creators with awards ranging from $2,500 to $10,000, requiring recipients to deliver a project within three months. Applicants must also attend an in-person training session in March, with the application deadline set for February 29.

Find out all the details about TikTok's support for small businesses.

Skip Venture Capital and Use Crowdfunding Instead

Kim Lewis, the founder of CurlMix, shares valuable insights on crowdfunding as a viable alternative to venture capital in an article on Inc.com. Highlighting her own success with two crowdfunding campaigns, Lewis emphasizes the importance of having clean financials, building an engaged community, and setting realistic timelines. Her approach underscores the significance of personal branding and reasonable valuations to not only attract immediate crowdfunding support but also to maintain future fundraising options.

For more detailed strategies, visit the article on Inc.com.

An Essential Guide to Tax Write-Offs 

The "Essential Guide to Tax Write-Offs for Work-From-Home Businesswomen" on Women on Business outlines various tax deductions available for women working from home. It covers deductions for internet and phone services based on business use percentage, home office expenses calculating the business portion of the home, office supplies including technology and furniture, transportation costs related to business, health insurance premiums, retirement contributions, and educational expenses for business-related learning. 

Read the full guide here.

The 12 Best Types of YouTube Content

Explore various successful content categories for YouTube creators. These include funny animal videos, video game walkthroughs, how-to guides, product reviews, celebrity gossip, vlogs, comedy sketches, shopping hauls, unboxing videos, educational content, parodies, and pranks. This diversity reflects YouTube's vast audience and the platform's potential for creators to explore different niches.

Here are the 12 best types of YouTube content.

Effective Marketing Strategies for Shopify Websites

A new article on Easy Reader News outlines a comprehensive guide for Shopify store owners on effective marketing strategies to drive traffic and convert visitors into customers. It emphasizes the importance of SEO, creating compelling content, leveraging social media, implementing email marketing campaigns, optimizing for mobile, utilizing influencer marketing, offering irresistible incentives, and streamlining the checkout process. These tactics aim to enhance visibility, engage potential customers, and ultimately boost sales for Shopify websites.

Discover the best marketing strategies for Shopify websites.

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