Image courtesy of Urban Innovation21 flyer

Last month, we wrote about Urban Innovation21’s Small Business Grant Competition for Hill District residents (which you can still apply to win). This month, they have started their grant competition which aims to assist a wide range of entrepreneurs who reside and/or operate a small for profit business in Homewood. Urban Innovation21 sponsors these grants because they believe that entrepreneurship is the engine to boost regional development.

Up to a total of $100,000 will be granted in the Homewood competition. Eligible businesses include supply chain businesses such as distribution, manufacturing, transportation, business services, etc. Also eligible are support businesses such as coffee shops, restaurants, retail stores and service businesses. Multi-level marketing businesses will not be considered.

All businesses will be required to provide an entrepreneur profile, a business summary and business plan. There are a series of workshops this month to help you to complete the application (click here to view the list), but you may still apply without attending these workshops.

You can also attend an orientation session tomorrow, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at 6:00 PM at the Homewood Coliseum, 7310 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15221.

You can apply online here or download an application and mail it in or hand deliver it. The deadline to apply is April 5, 2014, by 5 PM. More information can be obtained at The Homewood Library, Homewood YMCA, Operation Better Block, or at their website.


Frankstown Ave, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from bbyrnes59’s photostream