Chase Launches $2 Million Mission Main Street Grants Program to Reward Small Business

[content field="callout1" format="true" class="calloutwide"] We've got some great information for all our Smart Hustle readers!! Chase, the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co., kicked off Small Business Week last week by announcing the launch of it's 2015 Mission Main Street Grants® program. Twenty lucky winners will be awarded a $100,000 grant and...

The Keys to Creating a Successful Small Business Startup

The Keys to Creating a Successful Small Business Startup You've got a great business idea, but you just aren't sure if you are ready to start your own business. Hey, we get it. It's a HUGE step riddled with risk that even the bravest fear at times. But for those with true entrepreneurial spirit and...

FOCUS: Stand Out From the Competition by Carving Out Your Unique Niche

FOCUS: Stand Out From the Competition by Carving Out Your Unique Niche The sports, fitness and leisure industry is a giant, generating around $500 billion in revenues each year in the United States alone, according to Plunkett Research. Counting professional athlete, coaches and employees at fitness, winter sports and golf facilities, more than 1.3 million...

12 Must-Read Business Books This Holiday Season

12 Must-Read Business Books This Holiday Season Have that special small business owner or entrepreneur on your holiday gift giving list? Want to treat yourself to some enjoyable, business-boosting reading during the holidays? You've come to the right place, as we share with you an assortment of the best books available from some of our...

From Service to Startup: Veterans Making Their Way as Small Business Entrepreneurs

From Service to Startup: Veterans Making Their Way as Small Business Entrepreneurs Veterans of our military are one of this nation’s greatest resources. Given much greater responsibility than their civilian counter parts much earlier in their military careers and taught leadership in high-stress and high-stakes situations from the get go, veterans typically exhibit greater maturity...

Operation Supply Drop: Making Fun Where There Is None

Operation Supply Drop: Making Fun Where There Is None Stephen “Shanghai Six” Machuga graduated from Purdue University and its ROTC program in 1998. He served as infantry officer at Fort Bragg where he earned both his Airborne and Ranger tabs. In 2003, while with the Fort Lewis-based 2nd Infantry Division out of Washington, he was...

New Social Media App Keeps Vets Connected and Offers a “Flare” for Support

New Social Media App Keeps Vets Connected and Offers a "Flare" for Support Social networking has become a popular way for friends and family to stay in touch, sometimes connecting with people they haven’t seen in years. For military veterans, traditional social media outlets can be a great way to find fellow veterans, but most people on...

Rustic Crust: The Little Company That Could… and DID!

A fire burned Brad Sterl’s pizza-crust manufacturing plant to the ground, but couldn’t destroy this entrepreneur’s can-do spirit. It was March 2014, and Brad Sterl was enjoying a relaxing dinner with his wife after a long day at the Natural Products Expo West trade show in Anaheim, CA. Suddenly, Sterl found himself facing every entrepreneur’s...

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