Small Business GrantsApply for a Growth Grant For Your Small Business

Small Business Grants – Small business is definitely thriving in the United States, with millions of owners operating in unique ways, from outsourcing to using cloud-based tools and more, across all sorts of industries. In fact, your Miami Beach bookkeeping company works with many of these small businesses from private law firms, to dental offices, to medical clinics and other companies in South Florida as well as across the nation.

Outsourcing bookkeeping responsibilities is becoming a regular practice among small business owners, since it allows them to reduce overall office costs. Wouldn’t it be nice to trust your paperwork to experts at an affordable price? According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, the 28 million small businesses in America account for 54% of all U.S. sales.

Here are a few more interesting facts from the U.S. SBA about small business:

  • The 28 million small businesses in America account for 54% of all U.S. sales.
  • Small businesses provide 55% of all jobs and 66% of all net new jobs since the 1970s.
  • The 600,000 plus franchised small businesses in the U.S. account for 40% of all retail sales and provide jobs for some 8 million people.
  • While corporate America has been “downsizing”, the rate of small business “start-ups” has grown, and the rate for small business failures has declined.
  • The small business sector in America occupies 30-50% of all commercial space, an estimated 20-34 billion square feet.
  • The number of small businesses in the United States has increased 49% since 1982.
  • Since 1990, as big business eliminated 4 million jobs, small businesses added 8 million new jobs.

NASE Growth Grant - Small Business Grants FloridaIf you have a small business, we’re sure you’ve heard of the National Association for the Self-Employed also known as NASE. It’s a national organization that pro-actively helps its members grow their business and their bottom line, while also championing key federal legislative priorities in Washington such as access to affordable healthcare. NASE offers resources through its Learning Center offering legal help, tax and financial assistance as well as helping members save on costs through affordable insurance plans, website design, office supplies, travel services and more.

In additions, NASE offers various types of scholarships, with some dedicated to continuing education and others such as the NASE Future Entrepreneur Scholarship. Your Bookkeeping Department learned the FES is the largest scholarship in the nation devoted to promoting entrepreneurship among a younger demographic. Over $1.9 million in small business grants has been awarded since 1989.

Intuit has partnered up with NASE to support small business through it Growth Grant – small business grants.

Each month throughout 2017, one small business will be awarded $4,000 in small business grants for expansion purposes. In March and April of this year, the scholarship is sponsored by Quickbooks Self-Employed, a popular accounting program used by countess small business owners across the nation as well as your Miami Beach bookkeeping company. Quickbooks Self-Employed makes bookkeeping easier thanks to various, intuitive features. You can enter information by just taking a picture, match and organize expenses, store receipts, track mileage automatically, even import expenses from bank accounts.

Applying for small business grants

Accounting Software - Small Business Grant FloridaIf you have a small business and would like to
apply for the $4,000 Growth Grant, note that your application is accepted through December 31, 2017. According to this Quickbooks press release, applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year with one lucky small business winning every month.

The Growth Grant can be used for whatever efforts are needed to expand your business, from hiring employees to marketing, even renting a bigger space. Your Bookkeeping Department found out that to be eligible for the $4,000 small business grants, you have to be a NASE member, demonstrate a business need that can be fulfilled with the grant and provide an explanation of how you’ll use the grant as well as a business plan.

Just think of everything you can do for your small business with an extra $4,000. From hiring more people to increasing your marketing efforts, to expanding your product offering or even outsourcing your bookkeeping to a company like Your Bookkeeping Department.

Whatever you choose to invest your grant in, we’d just like to say good luck!