Archive | June, 2010

Want to Pitch to Investors? Funding Post is making it possible!!

29 Jun

Do you want to pitch your business idea to a panel of investors in hopes of securing funding?


Check out Funding Post ‘s “Pitching across America”

FundingPost will be looking for the “hottest” emerging companies to “Pitch” to investors across America! It couldn’t be easier to enter – all you have to do is have an active FundingPost Entrepreneur Account and enter the competition between June 15 and August 30, 2010. In its 7th year, with over 100 VC and Angel Investor Judges, this is the largest venture competition ever hosted!

To Enter your Company in Pitching Across America™ 2010 you must sign up for a Funding Post account which you can access here http://www.fundingpost.com

Once you have completed your FREE company funding profile Funding Post will report back to you on how many Venture Capital sources and Angel Investors may be interested in funding your business. After you complete your company profile and are ready to raise capital from their Venture Capital and Angel Investor network, you can choose to activate your company profile. If you want Funding Post to activate and showcase your company profile to its venture capital and angel investor network, the fee will be $100 for the initial 3 month listing. After the initial 3 month listing you will be charged $30 a month for as long as you wish to remain in their investor network. Active business profiles are showcased to the thousands of Venture Capital funds and Angel (Private Investor) groups ($106.82 Billion) within their funding / corporate finance network.

A panel of 100+ Venture Capital and Angel Investors will act as “judges” in this competition, read Company profiles online, and rate them from 1 – 10 (10 being the best possible score):

There will be 50 Top-rated Companies selected from across the US, and 1 Company will be selected as the Top Emerging Company in America. These companies will receive exclusive access to pitch to Investors at FundingPost CEO events, inclusion in a featured VC mailing, a full year listing on FundingPost online, and the Top Emerging Company will even be able to pitch for free at every FundingPost event nationwide! All of the previous years winners have raised capital since winning the competition!!

Competition : http://www.fundingpost.com/pitch-america.asp?refer=paama2

Good Luck!

She Made Millions from Nail Polish!!!!

23 Jun

You’ve seen nail polish with colors like sky blue and winter green, but do you know who started the trend?

I’m sure a lot of you have heard of “Hard Candy Cosmetics”, but do you know the story behind it?

Hard Candy is the brainchild of  Dineh Mohajer.  Dineh was a 22 year old student when she came up with the idea. She enlisted the help of her sister Pooneh and her boyfriend Benjamin Einstein, and the three came up with $200 to buy some nail polish and supplies from the beauty store. One business plan, and a few sample shades later, they decided to pitch upscale fashion shop Fred Segal. While going through the pitch, a 16-year-old customer saw the shades and wanted all four instantaneously. The owner set the price at $18 a bottle on the spot and sold them to the demanding teenager. With no supplies left, Fred Segal placed an order with Dineh for 200 bottles that same day.

The company’s first product was nail polish that Dineh mixed herself – a shade of baby blue named “Sky” to match her sandals. In that same year, actress Alicia Silverstone appeared on the Late Night with David Letterman and, when asked about her pastel blue fingernails, replied, “It’s ‘Sky’ by Hard Candy,” causing an overnight explosion for the brand. Within approximately 2 years, the business grew to a $10-million-dollar company. Dineh kept the creative juices flowing by staying in touch with her target market of 15 to 25-year-olds. She created new mod shades called Porn, Trailer Trash and Jailbait. It wasn’t long before cosmetic giants had a contender and big companies took notice of this new cultural phenomenon.

Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH), who owns Donna Karen, Givenchy, Sephora, TAG Heuer, and Veuve Clicquot acquired Hard Candy in 1999 for a reported $30 million. The acquisition afforded Hard Candy greater distribution and a brand to attach itself to. Hard Candy is now Urban Decay Cosmetics LLC dba Hard Candy. Dineh Mohajer, alongside Jeanne Chavez, recently left Hard Candy to form cosmetics brand Goldie. Benjamin Einstein is currently President of Einstein Cosmetics LLC.

Vistaprint wants you to make an impression-win $10,000 package!!!

13 Jun

Hi Ladies,
We have a new contest to announce, courtesy of Vistaprint.

“Vistaprint is a large online supplier of printed and promotional materials as well as marketing services to small businesses and consumers. In the 26th annual GAM 101 listing, the company is the 40th largest (by revenue) and the 4th fastest growing printing company in North America. It is also the 6th largest public printing company.” Data from Wikipedia.com.

The “Make an Impression Contest” is open to small businesses with fewer than 20 employees.  The winner of the contest sponsored by Vistaprint will win a prize package valued at $10,000.  Four small businesses will be selected as winners of a grand prize that includes a $600 HP gift card, a Web commercial produced by Pixability and a full marketing package – including a targeted direct mail campaign – designed by Vistaprint’s creative design team.

To enter the contest, users can log onto http://www.1-800-Vistaprint.com/contest. Once on the site, entrants are asked to answer a number of questions that will let them tell their story and explain how they have made an impression on their own customer base. Small businesses will be judged by a Vistaprint panel and also by the general public. Entrants will have the ability to have their customers, friends, employees and fans vote for their entry in the contest, which will account for 10 percent of the final vote.  The contest is open to all legal residents of the United States of America located in the 50 US states or District of Columbia.

Visit :  http://www.1-800-vistaprint.com/contest/ for more information.

Money, Money, Money-Grants, Loans, and one Contest

6 Jun

Hi Ladies,

We at the City Girl Business Club know that it can be a very daunting task trying to find funding for your small business, this is why we try to bring you as many resources as we can.

CONTEST

Pitch.co Would you like to win $50,000 for your business?

Let .CO help turn it into a reality! .CO is the new web address that offers people and companies more choice in branding their online presence with a truly global, recognizable and credible domain. Enter the Create Your Opportunity Contest for a chance to win your your ideal .CO domain and $50,000!

You can enter the Create Your Opportunity Contest between May 4 and June 14 by registering on Pitch.co and telling us and the world about your big idea, your ideal .CO web address and why you should win the contest. The more thorough, well thought-out and passionate your pitch, the more likely it is to get lots of votes from the public. Once you submit your idea, you’ll want to promote it like crazy. Get on Facebook, email, Twitter, your phone and wherever else and beg, borrow or plead to get your friends, family and strangers to vote for your entry. You must be at least 18 years old (or the legal age of majority in jurisdiction of residence if older than 18) and a US resident to submit an entry.

Go to www.pitch.co for more information and to enter.

GRANT PROGRAMS

Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Award Program
This program gives grant money away every year to girls between the ages of 12 to 18. Applicants must demonstrate a keen interest in entrepreneurship, and must show how they are making a difference in their communities and schools.
Grant Amount: $2,000
www.guardianlife.com/womens_channel/girls_going_places/girls_going_places.html

Huggies Mom Inspired Program

The Huggies® MomInspired™ Grant Program is awarding up to $15,000 in seed money as well as business resources to further the development of original product ideas and startup businesses. Huggies® does not specifically seek ideas that are diaper or hygiene related. Available grants range from $1,000, $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000 based on the applicant’s business needs and goals.

https://www.huggiesmominspired.com/About.aspx

Caleb Brown Community Business Grant Program
Caleb Brown Venture Capital and Consulting is a Chicago-based, minority-owned VC, that manages a community business grant program that gives away cash awards and more than 6,000 consulting hours to national business enterprises.
Grant Amount: Up to $12,000
www.calebbrownonline.com/Grant_Application.html

FHLB Economic Development Program (EDP) Plus Grants
EDP Plus grant funds are available to help member institutions of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas meet their community development needs. It’s a first-come, first served noncompetitive small business grant program, designed to provide capital to under-served areas or to under-served populations in Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Grant Amount: Up to $25,000
www.fhlb.com/community/cip_edpplus.html

Green Heroes Grant Program
The Green Heroes Grant Program will give green to those who do green. Through this initiative, the makers of Green Works® natural cleaners, with help from Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, will award $60,000 in grant funding to individuals, organizations and schools that are making their communities a greener place.
Grant Amount: Varies
www.greenworkspresskit.com/Green_Heroes_Grant_Program.html

MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneur Series (MUES)
This series is an annual competition for minority business owners sponsored by MillerCoors. Launched in 1999, to encourage entrepreneurship in urban areas, the competition has just celebrated 10 years of giving away business grants to applicants who submit the best business plans. The Urban League is a huge partner in this initiative.
Grant Amount: $25,000 – $100,000
www.millercoorsmues.com

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
OPIC is a U.S. government agency that helps companies invest overseas, and create economic development in new and emerging markets. They have a Small and Medium Enterprise Financing program that provides business grants to companies with annual revenues of $250 million or less.
Grant Amount: Varies
www.opic.gov

Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) Program
This program provides grants to finance the development of small and emerging businesses in rural areas. The funds can be used for land acquisition, construction, renovation, technical assistance, project planning, and more.
Grant Amount: $25,000 – $100,000
www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/busp/rbeg.htm

U.S. Dept of Energy’s Inventions and Innovation
This program offers financial support to individuals and small businesses who develop energy-saving concepts and ideas. Business grants are awarded to companies who stand out during their competitive process.
Grant Amount: $50,000 – $250,000
www1.eere.energy.gov/inventions/

VetFran Business Grant Fund
This fund, sponsored by the IFA Educational Foundation and the PepsiCo Foundation, gives grant money to veterans who have been awarded a franchise through the IFA VetFran program. Applicants have to write a 500-word essay, and the grant money must be used for business development, education, training, etc.
Grant Amount: Up to $10,000
http://emarket.franchise.org/misc/VetFran_BusGrnt.pdf About The Grant Fund
www.franchise.org/Veteran-Franchise.aspx – About The Franchise Initiative

LOAN PROGRAMS

Community Express
Community Express is an SBA pilot, 7(a) loan program for small businesses in low and moderate income areas. Lenders are not required to take collateral for loans up to $25,000. Lenders may use their existing collateral policy for loans over $25,000 up to $250,000.

Microloan Program

Provides very small loans to start-up, newly established, or growing small business concerns. SBA makes funds available to nonprofit community based lenders which, in turn, make loans to eligible borrowers in amounts up to a maximum of $35,000. Applications are submitted to the local intermediary and all credit decisions are made on the local level.
Accion Small Business Loans
Offers flexible loans (up to $50,000) to small business owners who have limited or no access to traditional business credit, including women and minorities.

Basic 7(a) Loan Program
For starting, acquiring and expanding a small business, 7(a) loans are the most basic and most used type loan of SBA’s business loan programs. Borrowers must apply through a participating lender institution.

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