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Small Business Funding

Apply Now to the Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund

In partnership with Hello Alice, DoorDash is proud to reopen the Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund as part of its ongoing five-year, $200 million Main Street Strong pledge to empower local communities.  The Importance of Restaurants in Local Communities Small businesses are the center of local economies, yet nearly 40% of small businesses are unable to reopen following a disaster according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Disaster can occur at a moment's notice, and access to financial assistance is crucial to helping a restaurant rebuild their business. "Restaurants are at the heart of Main Street and they have exhibited immense resiliency when disaster strikes, providing for their communities even when their resources on hand are limited," said Tasia Hawkins, Social Impact Program Lead at DoorDash. "The Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund is one way we are aiming to reduce the financial burden imposed on restaurants following a natural disaster, helping keep restaurant doors open for years to come." About the Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund Applications for Round 2 are open now at doordash.helloalice.com. The fund will be open for eligible restaurant owners and operators experiencing hardship due to a state- or federally-declared natural disaster. Applications must be submitted within 12 months of the declared disaster. Grants given to the selected restaurant owners or operators will be $10,000 each. Selected restaurants can utilize the funds for rent, utilities, maintenance, supplies, payroll, and other essential expenses. Applications will be processed every three months, with funding distributed for grant awardees shortly thereafter. Eligibility Eligible applicants must: Be a restaurant located in the United StatesBe experiencing hardship due to a state- or federally-declared natural disasterOperate a brick-and-mortar location Own three stores or less, and employ fewer than 50 employees per locationBe open for at least six monthsMaintain revenues of $3M or less per location in the last 12 months  A partnership with DoorDash or Caviar is not required or considered. For more information about the Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund, full eligibility criteria, and terms and conditions, please visit doordash.helloalice.com.  Eligible restaurateurs are encouraged to apply for grants beginning now and to join the DoorDash community on Hello Alice to receive email updates, disaster preparedness education, and community support. For more small business grant opportunities visit the Hello Alice Funding Center. 
Apr 1, 2022 • 2 min read
Small Business Funding

Announcing The BOSS Network and Sage Invest in Progress Grant Recipients

We’re proud to announce the recipients of the The BOSS Network and Sage Invest in Progress Grant! Sage is investing $1.5 million over three years with The BOSS Network to fuel the growth of small businesses founded by Black women. These recipients share a commitment to their communities, passion for their business, and a desire to grow their professional skills.  All recipients will receive a $10,000 grant, as well as one year of monthly mentorship through the BOSS Business University, an online program that helps Black women successfully start and grow a business. Do you need funding for your small business? Visit the Hello Alice Funding Center to view our current grant programs and subscribe to the Hello Alice newsletter to stay up-to-date on future programs and funding opportunities.  Congratulations to the 35 Invest in Progress Grant Recipients:
Mar 30, 2022 • < 1 min read
Small Business Funding

Introducing the Beyond Yoga For Women, BY Women Grant!

Beyond Yoga is a globally recognized brand with a body-positive message. It was built upon the mission to give every body — of every size and shape — the luxury-level comfort they deserve from activewear. Founded in 2006 by Jodi Guber Brufsky and Co-Founder Michelle Wahler, who still leads the company’s over 85% female staff today, Beyond Yoga makes the clothes we live in, sweat in, and believe in. Because they believe you should never have to work out to fit in. In honor of Women's History Month, Beyond Yoga is offering virtual coaching to nine woman-identifying founders and one grand prize of $10,000, plus one-on-one time with Michelle Wahler. Michelle brings over a decade of experience in the retail industry with an extensive background and knowledge of design, production, and sales — and she’s ready to support woman-identifying founders to accelerate their business in 2022 and beyond.  To be eligible for the Beyond Yoga For Women, BY Women Grant applicants must be: A woman founder of a for-profit company, within the first 5 years of their entrepreneurial journey  Have annual gross revenue of less than $5M  Applications are open now through April 15 at 6 p.m. ET. If you’re a woman entrepreneur who needs funding and support for your small business, don’t miss this opportunity to be considered for Beyond Yoga For Women, BY Women Grant! Apply Now
Mar 16, 2022 • < 1 min read
Small Business Funding

The Sonoma County Alliance Small Business Grant Is Now Open!

The Sonoma County Alliance is a coalition of business, agriculture, labor, and individuals organized to encourage a healthy economy, maintain a sound environment, protect private property rights, and promote a responsive political process.  Understanding that raising capital or finding loans is one of the greatest challenges facing small business owners today, the Sonoma County Alliance is building a multi-year small business grant program to support the rejuvenation and growth of the Sonoma County economy. What is the Sonoma County Alliance Small Business Opportunity Grant? The Sonoma County Alliance Small Business Opportunity Grant  is open for applications now through April 22, 2022, at 6 p.m. ET. All Sonoma County-based small businesses are encouraged to apply.  Judges will prioritize business owners who have traditionally lacked access to capital. If selected, you will receive a $1,000 grant. Everyone who applies receives free access to the thousands of curated resources and a community of 600,000+ small business owners on Hello Alice. Grant Qualifications To qualify for the Sonoma County Alliance Small Business Opportunity Grant, you must: Be a for-profit business located in Sonoma County Have been in operation for at least one year as of March 14, 2022 Have fewer than 25 employees Have a clear plan for the proposed use of funds For a full list of eligibility criteria, see the Terms and Conditions. Do you think that this grant could take your Sonoma County business to the next level?  Learn more!
Mar 15, 2022 • < 1 min read
Small Business Funding

The KKR Small Business Builders Grant Program for Female Founders Is Open!

Now in its seventh round, in honor of International Women’s Day, the KKR Small Business Builders Grant Program for Female Founders provides woman-identifying entrepreneurs from around the world with $10,000 to help their small businesses recover and grow in response to the pandemic. What would a $10,000 grant mean for your small business and the community it serves? That’s what we want to know from anyone applying to the $10,000 KKR Small Business Builders Grant Program for Female Founders. This grant program is presented in partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Network and Hello Alice. What is the KKR Small Business Builders Grant Program? Launched in the early days of the pandemic, the program was created as a key pillar of KKR's COVID-19 Relief Effort with the goal of supporting small business owners around the world as they recover from the pandemic and build toward a better future. All women-owned businesses are encouraged to apply, but judges will emphasize companies that have pivoted their business in response to the pandemic, are operated by New Majority owners, and provide important community services. If selected, you will receive a $10,000 grant. Everyone who applies receives free access to the thousands of curated resources. Plus, they join a community of 600,000+ small business owners on Hello Alice. Eligibility To qualify for the KKR Small Business Builders Grant Program for Female Founders, you must: Be owned (51%+) by a woman or woman-identifying individual Be a for-profit business operating in at least one of the following countries: Australia, China, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Singapore, Spain, United Arab Emirates, and/or the United States Must have a minimum of five (5) employees and a maximum of fifty (50) employees Must have annual gross revenues in 2021 of less than $7 million USD Past Recipients Hundreds of small business owners have already been named recipients in Rounds 1–6 of the program. Ranging from healthcare providers to children’s gyms and comedy clubs, these recipients are using the funds to further their missions and serve their communities. Lesia Daniel, owner of Funtime Preschool of Clinton, Mississippi, says she will use the $10,000 to offer relief to parents navigating childcare during the ongoing pandemic. “Funtime provides high quality, responsive early care and education as well as after school care,” Daniel says. “This grant will cover tuition for families who have to quarantine due to a positive COVID case or COVID exposure.” Where to Apply Do you think that this grant could take your business to the next level? Applications are now open through April 20, 2022, at 6 p.m. ET! Learn more and apply today!
Mar 8, 2022 • 2 min read
Small Business Funding

Help Take Your Business to New Heights With the Small Business Progress Loan From Accion Opportunity Fund

To all hard-working Black business owners in need of growth capital, the Small Business Progress Loan from Accion Opportunity Fund might be for you!  Loans with fair and transparent terms Small Business Progress Loan¹ amounts range from $5,000 – $100,000 with interest rates ranging from 5.99% - 14.99% and no prepayment penalties. Your rate and the amount you may be approved for are dependent on your credit and financial standing. Terms apply. [Learn more] Eligibility requirements* 12+ months in business $50K+ in annual sales 20%+ ownership About Accion Opportunity Fund Accion Opportunity Fund is a nonprofit lender. Because they don’t exist to make a profit, they use the money from your repayment to support other business owners. And because no two businesses are alike, they structure loans for an individual business. Helping uplift growing businesses “The shift to remote work created a new space for us, as an IT company, to help other businesses work safely. Now, that’s materializing into more business opportunities. As we keep scaling, this loan will help us make a key hire.” —William Ford Founder and CEO, K Systems Solutions More support and resources Accion Opportunity Fund’s staff is available by phone to help you complete the loan application and gather final documents, including bank statements and tax returns. They can also guide you to other resources for small businesses.  Help your small business continue to grow with the Small Business Progress Loan You can start your application online by using a self-service loan application form. Or, call Accion Opportunity Fund’s customer support team who will assist you over the phone at 1-866-458-3555.   [Learn More] Accion Opportunity Fund is proudly supported by American Express  American Express has invested in Accion Opportunity Fund to support their mission of creating a more equitable path to funding. ¹ Loans made by Accion Opportunity Fund Community Development. California Lenders License number 6050609 All loans and loan servicing are provided exclusively by Accion Opportunity Fund Community Development and its affiliates. Accion Opportunity Fund Community Development and its affiliates are independent third-party companies that are not owned, controlled or operated by, or affiliated with American Express. American Express makes no guarantee or endorsement regarding Accion Opportunity Fund Community Development, its affiliates, or their products or services. Accion Opportunity Fund Community Development and its affiliates solely own and manage their products and services on their own behalf and manage all aspects of their customer relationship, including making all credit and underwriting decisions. If you receive a loan from Accion Opportunity Fund Community Development or its affiliates, American Express will not be the lender. The Federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act prohibits creditors from discriminating against credit applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age (provided the applicant has the capacity to enter into a binding contract); because all or part of the applicant’s income derives from any public assistance program; or because the applicant has in good faith exercised any of his/her rights under the law. The Federal agency that administers compliance with this law concerning this creditor is the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). * Other eligibility criteria may apply. All applications are subject to review. Actual rates depend on fundamental credit score, loan terms, and credit usage and history.
Mar 4, 2022 • 2 min read
Small Business Funding

Introducing The BOSS Network and Sage Invest in Progress Grant!

The BOSS Network, an online community of professional and entrepreneurial women, has partnered with Sage, the market-leading provider of integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, to launch the Invest in Progress Grant. “Black women are starting businesses at the fastest rate of any other racial group, yet despite the growing number of businesses, minority women are left out when it comes to access to capital,” says Cameka Smith, founder of the BOSS Network. “The best way to encourage Black women founders is to invest in them and give them resources needed to make their businesses successful.” The BOSS Network and Sage Invest in Progress Grant will be funding $10,000 grants to 25 eligible entrepreneurs. This inaugural program also provides one year of monthly mentorship through the BOSS University, an online program that helps Black women successfully start and grow a business. Starting on January 26, 2022, Black women entrepreneurs in need of capital and support for their business can apply for the chance to receive a $10,000 grant and mentorship package. In addition, every applicant gets free access to the thousands of curated resources and a community of nearly 600,000 small business owners on Hello Alice. To qualify for The BOSS Network and Sage Invest in Progress Grant, you must:     Be a Black woman-identifying entrepreneur who is the leading executive (i.e. Founder) of a for-profit small business founded in the last five yearsHave a demonstrated need for fundsBe willing to participate in a virtual mentoring program The application deadline is February 25, 2022, at 6 p.m. ET. So, if you are a Black women entrepreneur in need of funding and support for your small business, don’t miss this opportunity to be considered for The BOSS Network and Sage Invest in Progress Grant. Apply for the grant today!
Jan 26, 2022 • < 1 min read
Small Business Funding

Announcing the Democratizing the Friends & Family Round Grant Recipients

After receiving a record 12,000 applications, we’re proud to announce the recipients of Democratizing the Friends & Family Round by Project Entrepreneur, a program by UBS, in partnership with Hello Alice! This initiative awards $25,000 grants and virtual coaching to 40 female founders of color leading early-stage, high-growth companies. These impressive founders are building companies nationwide ranging from STEAM-focused gaming for girls and AI-powered beauty brands to medtech innovations and artisanal food products, and more. Recipients will use the funding to help them get to their next big milestone on their pathways to scale. Review the full list of recipients below, and visit the Small Business Funding Center to find more grant opportunities and lending options.
Jan 24, 2022 • < 1 min read
Small Business Funding

Announcing the Alibaba.com Grants Program Recipients

We’re proud to announce the recipients of the Alibaba.com Grants Program! With support and guidance from Hello Alice, Alibaba.com created the program to offer fifty $10,000 cash grants to help U.S. online entrepreneurs bring their innovative product or go-to-market ideas to life. Review the full list of recipients below, and visit the Small Business Funding Center to find more grant opportunities and lending options. Play Out Apparel | Abby Sugar Inside Out Goodness | Seth Sundberg Hi Mat Company | Lynzi Clark The Solar Guru | Ali Turner The Refill Shoppe | Casey Michelle Stevens Blancarte | Cecile Blancarte The Lofty Collector Solutions | Ricardo Castro The Crease Beast | Matt Jones Vecina Couture | Ada Rojas Eva Jane Beauty | Eva Jane Bunkley SprinJene | Dr. Sayed Ibrahim Scarlett Collection | Morgan Kelley STEM Powered Kits | Zakiya Brown Status Co. Leather Studio | Tenita Strand LipRevolt | Courtney Stewart CISE | Blake Van Putten Brilliant You Denim | Terry Davis Unique Threads | Sheriff Muse-Ariyoh Nailstry | Aurelia Edwards The Milk Mission | Gina VanCant Joiful Bee | Joi Wade Nick Ricardo Collection | Nick Yeast Wicks + Scents | Shauna Cooper Curly Contessa | Kristin Farmer Baddie Labs Cosmetics | Keneshia Berkley Paris Fit | Noel Davis Be Happy Handcrafted | Bianka Hollins Copper and Brass Paper Goods | Ariel Young The Global Sense | Elizabeth Strickland Kaka'ako Kasuals | Kiakahi Wong Gelateria Uli | Ulviyya Nasibova FEND | Sujene Kong Rooted Fare | Ashley Xie Parents Are Human | Joseph Lam Bao Box | Si-Chi Hefel Fairy Circle Garden | Jeremy Jackson Miss Swiss | Ashley Piszek Cloth Cuties | Jamie T. Frank SortJoy | Stefani Herr SHE — Support Heal Empower | Sierra Williams Curtis & Company Apparel | Angelica Curtis OmniVis | Katherine Clayton kanti | Keamone Frederick Element Mom | Xuemei (Sarah) Li Adura | Jacqueline Amadi Copper Door Coffee Roasters | Hannah Ulbrich Pawstries | Treasure Crocker First Sip Brew Box | Dennis Guy ParentCo | Jasmine Johnson Rugged Black Athleisure Activewear | Matt Addison
Dec 14, 2021 • 2 min read
Small Business Funding

Announcing the Round 2 eBay Up & Running Grants Recipients

We're proud to announce the Round 2 recipients of the eBay Up & Running Grants! With support and guidance from Hello Alice, eBay created the Up & Running Grants program to give back to the small businesses that power America. Each recipient will receive a grant of $10,000, plus coaching through eBay Seller School to help support their continued growth and success online. Review the full list of recipients below, and visit the Small Business Funding Center to find more grant opportunities and lending options. A list of Round 1 recipients can be found here. eBay Up & Running Grants Recipients — Round 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7K7QIUdZCY Jude Lugo J&L Making a Difference | Flower Mound, TX Lawrence Njuguna 3N Group | Bowie, MD Adam Hathaway Advanced Manufacturing Supply | Westbrook, ME Jake Mallerdino Altumitseller | Pewaukee, WI Anna Packer Annaesthetic Miscellany | Flowery Branch, GA Nila Siok Appealing Signs | Elk Grove Village, IL Kristina Compton Auto Parts Puller | Scotland Neck, NC Katelyn Huffine Beauty On Point and on Budget | Lawton, OK Robin Thomas Books With Character | Landenberg, PA Brandon Bergholz Bravo Charlies Kicks & Customs | Ashland, OH Jacqueline Green Brendan Reid Imaging | Frankfort, KY Vince Kachatorian Countryroadautoparts | Glendale, CA Dave Cole Crazy4Pickleball | St. George, UT Jill Norton Dragon Tail Resale | Saint Charles, IL Sandy Herrera Elias Collectibles | New York, NY Eric Sim EVS Trading Company | San Francisco, CA John Fetchko FarFetched Cards | Irwin, PA Maria Victoria Cerdenia Gift Ko | Washington, D.C. Shahrad Mohebbi Global Online Retail | Katy, TX Jeff Lee Halo Custom Guitars | Cupertino, CA Lorri Hammer Jan's Jewelry Junction | Ventura, CA Patricia Snead Jetsetglam | Henderson, NV Fal Upton Oasis Market: The Conscious Corner Store | Tampa, FL Maykau Yang KraZGifz | Brooklyn Park, MN Jeremy Maddox Left Right Liquidations | Morgantown, WV Kathleen McNamara Lola Frocks | San Francisco, CA Nandai Mo Nandaimo | Irvine, CA Sunghyo Lee Newdelphe | Fairfield, CT Rachid Saint Jean Nismopar | Orlando, FL Michael Payne Jr. Northwest Decalz | Yelm, WA David Jordan Nostalgics Online | Belton, MO Nhan Phan NP Galleria | Chicago, IL Shannon Hoolihan Parts At Your Door | Belleville, IL Jacob Pendleton Pendleton Group | Dothan, AL Sasha Wood Prayz Pairs | Pullman, WA Lorie Wuttke Remember When | Delavan, WI Ian Roberts Remote Wholesalers | New York, NY Serena Coleman Riff Raff Resale | Sandy, UT Rhonda Abraham Ronnie's Closet 2 | Windermere, FL Alex Carrera Save A Suit | Bethel, CT Shari Smith Shari Sells | Erie, CO John Agnello Snap Goes My Cap | Brooklyn, NY Tamara Baker Sneaker Solecial | Lyman, SC Carlos Solis Stuff-4-Less | Pomona, CA Margaret Sommers The Ladies Room | Lombard, IL Richard Benedetti The TAG Hut | St. Petersburg, FL Jennifer Walker Theory Comics | Rye, CO Rosalia Villa Thrifting Babe | Ventura, CA Marcus Binion Urban ReinVintage | Washington, D.C. Waylen Hunsucker Way Motor Works | Atlanta, GA Visit the Small Business Funding Center for the latest grant opportunities and lending options.
Dec 7, 2021 • 2 min read