If you're looking for funds to start or boost your small business, now is the time to get moving! May is a big month for budding entrepeneurs! It's Small Business Month, which means that many agencies and organizations catering to start-ups and small businesses run contests offering thousands of dollars in grants to the winners. Some require well-thought-out business plans while others require creative videos explaining what you do and why they should give you the money. Do your research - who's offering how much and what do you need to do to qualify. Also check into what strings may be attached to the winners. Are there requests for advertising rights to use your name, your product's likeness, required ongoing coaching with their executives/investors, or even do they take a financial interest in your organization? If you don't have time to research these potential funding sources, contact someone who can. There IS money available for you to achieve your dreams; you just need to know where to go to find it.
Ronnie Roll has started several businesses from the "I Have An Idea" stage to grand openings and beyond. Her passion is helping others achieve their dreams, and her art mediums are business modeling and food.