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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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If You Receive Equity Funding, Can you Still Apply for Grants?

Many high technology companies have accepted private equity, or dilutive, financing (it is called dilutive as it dilutes the founder ownership in the company).  The federal government supports many such high technology, high risk/reward endeavors through research and development and Innovation programs.  The most prevalent sources of government R&D funding are the Small Business Innovation …

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Clients Ask Me (All the Time): What Is Your Success Rate? Here Is My Answer.

What is your grant success rate? We all want guarantees in life.  We want to know, especially in this year of unusual change, that we will get the results we want when we want them.   I believe this desire for success is what leads clients to ask me about my success rate.  They believe …

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How Does Being in An Enterprise Zone Benefit Manufacturers?

Enterprise Zones are economic development tools many cities and states use to attract companies and jobs.  Most commonly, industrial parks are designated as Enterprise Zones, or EZ’s, but they can be found anywhere there is a concentration of businesses or manufacturers.   Once an area is designated an Enterprise Zone (either by the city or …

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Are Grant Opportunities Changing All the Time, or Do They Stay the Same, Year After Year?

“The only thing constant is change.”  I’m not sure who said this, but it is so true in the grant world, especially in this CARES funding era. When I started writing grants, I naively thought that they came out on a nice, steady cycle.  After all, my primary experience was with writing training grants, which …

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