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Chase is offering $3 million to help 12 small businesses make it big! Small businesses can create an online profile, and members of the public can then show support by voting using their Facebook account. Businesses must receive at least 250 votes to be considered for a grant. Finally, expert panelists will select the 12 grant recipients from eligible businesses and announce the results in January 2014.

Small businesses must create an account, fill out a business profile and submit a questionnaire by October 31, 2013.

Source:, 2012

[This is an article I wrote for my book, Face2Face - I thought it would make a great post here, too - enjoy! DLK]

Social media has been around for over ten years. My guess is that by now, your organization is probably involved in some way with social media. Maybe you have created a Twitter or Facebook account. Maybe you even have some friends and fans on those accounts, and you share things with them when you have time.

Are you ready to hire new employees? Philadelphia Works is here to help!

If eligible, employers can receive 50% wage reimbursement for newly hired employees, up to $8,000, while you train your employees. Minimum hourly wages for full-time work (30 hours per week) are $11/hour with full benefits and $13/hour without benefits.

Source:, 6/24/13

As I wrote recently, building a great team is essential to having a great business. Your team starts with your first hire, and many new entrepreneurs bring that person on right away. A recent SurePayroll survey found 70 percent of small business owners make their first hire immediately after starting the business or within a few months.

Source:, 9/16/13

Email is one of those things that can be tricky to figure out. You might be doing everything right, but still not getting the results you want. The good news is it's also one of those areas where there are always new ideas to try (and test!) to generate the results you seek.

Source:, 6/20/13

Source:, 6/27/13

Whether your company sells cookies, widgets, or consulting sessions, social media can be a force--and it's not as hard as you think.

I am still amazed at the number of companies that use social media badly (or ignore it altogether). The rules of social media are simple, and if you ignore it you the risk the fate that befell those who ignored the telephone in the late 19th century and the Internet at the end of the 20th.

Source:, 8/16/13

In July 2013, Rising Tide Capital officially launched the Start Something Challenge (SSC) 2013—a statewide pitch competition and business strengthening opportunity. During the SSC, entrepreneurs will have the chance to network with business experts, perfect an elevator pitch, gain visibility for their business venture, and win a $10,000 business grant.

The Merchants Fund and the City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce in partnership with the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy have announced new programs designed to help businesses with interior improvements.