StartupNation has collaborated with Brother, a leader in small business technology, to bring you the 2012 Brother Small Business Grant Program.
The grant program will award a total of $25,000 to five small business owners who submit the most original and creative business plan.
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (March 27, 2012) – Brother International Corporation, a leader in small business technology, today officially announced the five winning applicants for its first small business grant program, launched on January 10, 2012 in collaboration with entrepreneurial online resource, StartupNation. The grant program awarded a total of $25,000 to five small business owners, five $5,000 grants to each winner, who can use the grant money to launch their business or initiate a new project within their established small business.
“We are thrilled to witness such a high-level of participation and enthusiasm from the small business community,” said John Wandishin, Vice President of Marketing, Brother International Corporation. “This grant program demonstrates our commitment and support to help entrepreneurs gain access to capital, while also helping Brother better understand the current challenges and concerns for America’s small business owners.”
To determine the size of the grant packages, Brother International Corporation and StartupNation conducted an online poll on StartupNation that revealed the majority of small business owners (61 percent) started with less than $5,000 in capital to launch their company.
“We are both impressed and delighted with the level of dedication and effort that went into these grant applications,” said Rich Sloan, co-founder of StartupNation. “The breadth and depth of these entries signifies the importance of small businesses for the U.S. economy, and we’re pleased to have partnered with Brother to help these entrepreneurs pursue their passion and achieve success.”
To view the grant winners and their stories visit: www.startupnation.com
Brother International Corporation is one of the premier providers of products for the home, home office and office. The U.S. corporate office in Bridgewater, N. J., was established on April 21, 1954 and currently markets many industrial products, home appliances and business products manufactured by its parent company, Brother Industries, Ltd. of Nagoya, Japan.
These products include an award-winning line of Multi-Function Center® machines and printers. Brother also provides the number-one line of facsimile machines in the U.S. and is the leader in electronic labeling, with its full line of P-touch® Electronic Labeling Systems. For more information you can visit the website at www.brother.com.
StartupNation is a free entrepreneurial online service founded by entrepreneur brothers, Jeff and Rich Sloan. The site offers a one-stop shop for small business resources including step-by-step advice, articles, expert blogs, podcasts, member-to-member networking, contests and small business forums. For more information you can visit the website at www.startupnation.com.