A shocking bit of news landed on our desks earlier today, and as such, that’s bringing up a special update for you. How shocking is this news to necessitate a special update, you wonder? It’s no less than a shot at a quarter million dollars for your small business.
The coalition of Chase and LivingSocial have united to put together a contest geared toward small businesses, and the prize is one of twelve quarter million dollar grants for small business. For those interested in getting in on the deal, all that needs to be done is to head out to the Mission: Small Business web site and fill out a formal application.
There are some rules in order to get in on this contest, though: First, this offer only applies to for-profit organizations that are both organized and are resident in the United States, including the District of Columbia. Businesses located in Puerto Rico do not seem to qualify in this one. Additionally, business must have been in operation for at least two years prior to the start of the program, must be owned by natural, legal residents of the United States and are at least 18 years old. Sole proprietorships are welcome to apply, as long as they have a valid employer identification number or taxpayer identification number, and employ less than 100 employees for the entire length of the program. They can’t be owned by anyone related to the sponsors–Chase or LivingSocial–and must be able to produce evidence for any or all of the above on request.
Further rules can be found out at the Mission: Small Business website, so check that out when making an application.
Few small businesses would turn down a cash infusion like that, especially given the possibilities it represents. It means a chance to expand outward into new businesses, the chance to make new hires, expand a social media presence, or do a variety of other things. It even allows for the chance to save some money in the future by bringing in some prime cloud-based telephony features like multiple extensions and call hold and transfer services geared to help customers get in touch with the person they need to in a more expeditious fashion.
So if you’re looking to get a shot of all too vital cash into your small business’ coffers, head on out to the Mission: Small Business web site and fill out the application. All it can cost is a bit of lost time, and it may well represent a big slug of extra resources that are all too valuable for a small business these days.