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Government Grants For Education, Business and More – Applying For Your Grant Made Easy

Getting government grants is much easier than you think. By now some of you are probably contemplating going back to school or starting a small business or interested in tapping into the real estate market while the going is still good. Several things may have jumped started those thoughts. A massive lay off at your job perhaps where you were one of the victims. It always seems to snowball from there does it not?

Suddenly you find yourself unemployed. A job that you’ve had for so many years, and allowed you to enjoy a certain standard of living just vanished. The threat of not being able to pay for your kids college education, or losing your home to foreclosure was just never there. You were so comfortable for many years in that job, the thought of going back to school to enhance your skills or even leaving that job for another never occurred to you until…it happened. You were laid off or fired.

All of a sudden you are now part of the ever growing unemployment population, with no enhanced skills and no where to turn to immediately. This is called displacement. As you go through your most desperate moments trying to figure out what to do next, turn what seems to be a negative situation into an opportunity. An opportunity to start fresh and prepare yourself should an economic crisis as bad as this one ever occurs again. You can do this in several ways. One sure way is reviewed below.

Government Grants

  • There is literally billions of dollars in government and organizational grants that go unused every year. The source is structured to help individuals, businesses and organizations seeking to apply for some of these grants, useful tips to potentially increase their success in securing these grants. The money is there for you to apply for. Your success hinges on being well informed and your presentation. You have to prove to government that you deserve that money more than someone else, so you have some home work to do first.

Home work assignments:

We will use applying for a grant to start a small business as an example for this article:

  • Brainstorm and write down some ideas. Ask yourself why would your idea be chosen. Is it going to benefit the community and what exactly will you achieve.
  • Set some realistic goals. How long will it take to be up and running. At what point will it be considered a success or failure. What would be the impact on you and the community.
  • Have a good plan in place. You can’t do anything without a good plan. Plan how these various goals and objectives will be met. How will you handle set backs and obstacles. Who will be impacted and how.
  • Put a great team together. Most projects are successful with good team work. Assembling a good team is crucial. Outline the goals, both short and long term. Assign individual responsibilities ensuring that the projects objectives and goals are clearly defined. Set deadlines and regroup often to make sure that the project is on track to completion.

Just some ideas to use when putting together your presentation to secure your grant.   I am interested in securing an educational grant. I am extremely optimistic especially after a most recent announcement that more funding was being allocated to education by way of grants. Now that’s good news for all of you who want to go back to school.

Some things to know about the application process:

  • There are no complicated forms to fill out
  • no credit checks
  • no security deposit or collateral required
  • no cosigners needed
  • The Grand Daddy of them all — You never have to pay the money back!

So you see my friends, you have absolutely nothing to lose. Yes, it might take you a little longer to prepare your strategy and business plan to secure some of these grants and scholarships, but in the end, you’ll be satisfied with the return on investment.

Your Belly Belt Does Business and Formal

You love your cute belly bands for wear with jeans and cute little skirts. You depend on your belly belt for business and formal wear.

Please do not turn a simple decision into another agonizing pregnancy debate. Your wardrobe choices do not have the same environmental and economic impact as your choice of diapers, bottles, and breast-feeding versus formula. You need not make it belt versus band. As a matter of fact, you ought to make belt and band. In order to keep wearing your cutest outfits throughout your pregnancy, you need both bands and belts. Bands go casual. Belts go formal. You haven’t slowed down or restricted your busy life; why would you restrict your wardrobe?

First, promise yourself one major pregnancy indulgence: You will shop carefully and select a beautiful maternity dress that looks and fits as if the designer and tailor crafted it for you and only you. Of course, in order to get maximum mileage from this elegant “gown,” you will train the baby’s father to take you out at least once each week during the thirty-six weeks you wait anxiously for baby’s premier. By the time baby arrives, dad will have developed the “date night” habit, and you will have received more than your money’s worth from your indulgence.

Meanwhile, keep wearing your regular business wardrobe. Your elegantly tailored slacks and skirts do not deserve none months’ confinement in the closet; and, admit it, you infinitely prefer buying baby stuff over buying funky, frumpy stuff for you. Your belly belt expands as your baby grows, but it does not stretch-out like a belly band; instead, you adjust it, fitting it perfectly to your waist and securing it in the waistband of your pants or skirt. Belly belts come in two functional styles-one for pants and skirts that button, the other for pants and skirts that hook. Nor must you abandon your favorite frilly blouses. You leave them strategically un-tucked, covering your belly belt. Your belly belt also covers you, because each belt comes with fabric inserts specifically designed to fill the gap in your waistband. Because you will find fabric inserts in most popular fabrics, you will easily will match your skirts and pants or coordinate with your blouses.

Your belly belts assure your comfort, style, confidence, poise, and dignity. They also preserve your cash-on-hand, so that you may invest in nursery furniture and every high-tech baby-learning gadget known to womankind.

Strategic Planning – Vision and Perspective For Businesses and Non-Profits

Strategic planning in its simplest terms is comparing what your organization actually looks like today with a picture of how you want your organization to look, and making those two images match. First you must determine what you want the picture to be, to describe your vision. Next, you will take a “snapshot” of what the organization looks like today. The third step is to compare the two pictures to see where reality fails to meet your vision. The final step is to develop goals and strategies to make the two pictures look the same; to make your vision the picture others see when they look at your organization.

Most boards and business owners believe that strategic planning is important, but few have a formal planning process in place. The reason for this anomaly is the hard work and consensus required for a group of people to establish and articulate a shared vision. Nearly everyone believes that developing and adhering to a budget is important, and we all know how to spend money. However, many businesses and non-profits do not have formal budget processes either. They go from month to month hoping that cash flow will cover operating expenses and that some yet unknown event will bring in the funds for capital expenditures when needed. Ignoring strategic planning is just as much a gamble as operating without a budget.

In this article we will look at the beginning of strategic planning, frequently the most difficult assignment – vision. Vision describes the picture of a perfected organization; a living illustration of the reason your business or non-profit was established in the first place.

For businesses, this is the opportunity you identified and work to capitalize on. For non-profits the vision describes what caught your heart hard enough that it caused you to make an investment of time, talent and perhaps your own dollars to make the picture in your mind’s eye a reality. Other business folks are trying to turn their avocation into a profitable enterprise. Even sole proprietors find nailing their vision down to a few sentences is tricky work, and they don’t have to build consensus with board members or partners.

What makes you work so hard? You must be able to put it into words. Until you can, there is no vision that can be shared with others and no starting point for strategic planning.

Once you are able to articulate your vision you will have to offer it to others, which is where perspective comes in. ‘Perspective’ is how one perceives the relationship of things from a particular viewpoint. The perspective of a teacher is not the same as that of a student. How one describes the view from the top of a staircase will vary greatly from how it might be seen from the bottom. Life experiences and social opinion affect the perspective of each member assigned to identify the vision for your organization. Distilling vision into a few simple sentences is hard work, but the result is well worth it in increased profitability or enhanced service delivery to the beneficiaries of a non-profit.

Don’t give up. Keep talking. Find a way to turn the wide variety of perspective around the table to your advantage. You share some reason for being there in the first place, find a way to describe it. Once you have the vision established you can proceed to the next step. Without knowing where you’re going and why, you don’t have a high probability of success in getting there. It’s work, but it is worth it.