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Google & Chase Offer $3 Million in Small Business Grants

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Chase and Google are teaming up to help small businesses with their capital and social media needs.

This month, Chase launched Mission Main Street Grants, a program that will award grants of $250,000 to 12 small businesses across the United States. In addition to the winners, all businesses that apply for a grant and meet the eligibility requirements, will gain access to a social media toolkit and receive a special advertising offer from Google.

Through Oct. 31, any for-profit business that has been engaged in current business activity for at least two consecutive years, has less than 100 year-round, full-time employees and meets all other eligibility requirements may apply. Businesses must receive at least 250 votes to be eligible for a grant. Full eligibility requirements are available at

Other prizes that businesses are eligible to receive include a trip to Google for a small business marketing workshop with Google experts and a Google Chromebook Pixel computer.

"Small businesses inspire us every day, and Mission Main Street Grants is just one way that Chase can say 'thank you' for all that small businesses do in their local communities and across the country," said Donna Vieira, head of marketing and product for Chase Business Banking.

The 12 grant recipients will be selected by expert panelists, including:

  • Ali Brown, entrepreneur mentor and CEO of Ali International
  • David Chavern, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Marco De Leon, vice president of Government Affairs & Policy for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Mark Garzone, senior vice president of marketing for the National Federation of Independent Business
  • Jon Kaplan, vice president of U.S. Sales & Operations for Google Inc.
  • Joset Wright-Lacy, president of the National Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Chance Mitchell, CEO and co-founder of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
  • Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League
  • J.P. Torres, public relations and communications director for the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation
  • Len Vermillion, media manager for the National Veteran Owned Business Association
  • Donna Vieira, head of marketing and product for Chase Business Banking
  • Candace Waterman, chief of staff of the Certification & Program Operations for the Women Business Enterprise National Council

Winners will be announced in January 2014.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer and editor with nearly 20 years in media. A 1998 journalism graduate of Indiana University, Chad began his career with Business News Daily in 2011 as a freelance writer. In 2014, he joined the staff full time as a senior writer. Before Business News Daily, Chad spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Chad has also worked on the other side of the media industry, promoting small businesses throughout the United States for two years in a public relations role. His first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Chicago suburbs.