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Advanced Manufacturing Grants Fund Innovation in Industry

By: Micki Vandeloo, President, Lakeview Consulting Does your manufacturing business have the next big idea? Do you wish to utilize Industry 4.0 technologies such as automation and big data to improve the efficiency of your operations?  If you are a forward-thinking company, you may be eligible to receive grants to reward your innovative nature! As more […]

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EV charging station funded by EV charging grants for businesses

EV Charging Grants for Businesses- Charging Ahead to a New, Greener Future

By: Micki Vandeloo, President, Lakeview Consulting America is going green! From a greater variety of electric vehicles to choose from to increased solar installations, many Americans are enjoying the benefits of reduced reliance on fossil fuels and lower greenhouse gas emissions presented by these technologies. With the increased purchase of electric vehicles (EVs) and the hesitance

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5 Tips for Creating a Realistic and Effective Grant Strategy

By: Micki Vandeloo, President, Lakeview Consulting We love to partner with our manufacturing and trade association clients to create a grant strategy. We truly believe that, just as organizations should have a strategic plan, they should also have a grant strategy. We find, however, that companies tend to set rather unrealistic expectations for grant success and

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Types of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Grants for Businesses and How to Apply for Them

By: Micki Vandeloo, President, Lakeview Consulting With a national focus on clean energy and zero emission initiatives, it is not surprising that the number of sources of grants for renewable energy and energy efficiency grants has dramatically increased at the state and federal level.  However, there are also some long-standing programs to help fund manufacturing renewable

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Trends in Training Grants

By: Micki Vandeloo, President, Lakeview Consulting Training grants have long been offered by state economic development organizations and by Workforce Opportunity Innovation Act (WIOA) Centers (or Job Centers as they are called in some states.  They are also the most well-known source of funding in the manufacturing community. But today’s training grants have evolved and changed

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What Do SBIR Grants Fund?

By: Micki Vandeloo, President, Lakeview Consulting One of the longest standing funding programs for for-profit companies has been the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.  This program provides grant funding for ground-breaking research that meets two criteria: Intellectual Merit – The innovation must be ground in science. Broad Societal Benefit – The innovation must not result

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Electric vehicle charging station funded by California business grants

Types of Grants Available for California Businesses

By: Micki Vandeloo, President, Lakeview Consulting Ahhh, sunny California! The state with renowned wineries, sun, sand, surf and palm trees has another positive attribute – an expansive choice of grant programs for the manufacturing community! The primary activities funded in the state are recycling and clean energy manufacturing, largely due to California’s aggressive push for 90%

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How to Access Grant Funding for Expansion or Relocation of Your Business

By: Micki Vandeloo, GPC There are many reasons why companies expand or relocate, including: An increase in revenues and/or market penetration sufficient to justify additional production capacity Increased proximity to key customers Increased access to employees Perceived “corporate friendliness” of one state over another From a state’s perspective, as in-state businesses expand or out-of-state businesses

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