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How To Get Grant Funding for Rural Broadband Expansion

Broadband expansion, particularly to rural and underserved areas, has been a big focus in grantmaking since the beginning of COVID.  The pandemic and, in particular, the distance learning and telemedicine efforts that resulted from the need to socially distance placed a spotlight on those in small towns and other geographic areas where internet service was …

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How Manufacturers Can Get Help Finding and Accessing Grants

Many manufacturing leaders find the process of pursuing grants to be overwhelming. Most have pretty full plates already, but that doesn’t mean that the prospect of finding grants must be abandoned. Help is available, but the appropriate resources should be put on the project to ensure success. This means turning to a good grant writer …

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7-Step Guide to Researching and Writing Manufacturing Grants

In previous articles, we’ve provided an overview of the manufacturing landscape and how manufacturers and the organizations that support them are using grants to address the challenges they face. We’ve also detailed the manufacturing grant landscape and provided a 6-step process to help you prepare to research and write grants. Now, we’ll summarize the grant …

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6 Critical Steps to Prepare for Pursuing Manufacturing Grants

Growing U.S. manufacturing companies engaging in facility or capital investment, recycling, exporting, market expansion due to trade imbalances or training can qualify for grants and should pursue them to increase return on investment, expand markets (and sales), and help the company prosper for the next generation of American workers. While the funds are available, there …

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Manufacturing Grants: An Overview of Federal and State Opportunities

Many manufacturers don’t know there are grants available to help them address their challenges and fund projects that will help them meet market needs, grow, and succeed. At Lakeview Consulting, we specialize in connecting manufacturers directly with funding opportunities and improving their odds of earning grant funding. In this article we’ll answer our four most …

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4 Challenges Facing American Manufacturers in 2022 and Beyond

One thing is true about manufacturing in the United States- the only constant is change. However, in this time of pandemics, new technology, and declining unemployment numbers, not only is change constant, but manufacturers MUST be able to adapt to that change quickly. In this blog, we’ll explore the variety of challenges currently facing manufacturers …

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Lakeview Consulting Featured on Entrepreneur MBA Podcast about Manufacturing and Technology Grants

I was recently featured as a guest on the Entrepreneur MBA Podcast from Financing Solutions. The episode focused on strategies manufacturers and technology companies can use to secure funding through federal and state grants. In the podcast, host Stephen Halasnik and I discussed how COVID-19 has opened up a new world of industrial grant opportunities …

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The Three-Pronged Approach for Securing Revenue for Your Manufacturing Business

Manufacturers have traditionally utilized a two-pronged approach to increasing the top line of their balance sheet – sales and loans. While both can positively impact the top line, there is an often overlooked third prong to securing revenue, and that is the pursuit of manufacturing grants. First, let’s explore the familiar sales and loans strategies, …

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How to Find Manufacturing Employees in Times of Low Unemployment and Incentivized Unemployment

In my history as a grant consultant to the manufacturing community, and during a recent series of interviews I did with manufacturing leaders from across the country, I have had the privilege of talking candidly with manufacturers about their most pressing growth challenges. The vast majority of manufacturers are VERY challenged finding employees, and have …

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What the Made in America Executive Order Means to America’s Manufacturing Grant Programs

Written by Micki Vandeloo, GPC, President, Lakeview Consulting, Inc.  On January 25, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the Made in America Executive Order, which included the following key directives: Federal agencies must close current loopholes in how domestic content is measured and increase domestic content requirements. The President will appoint a new senior leader in …

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