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Growing Business From Within!


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Program Overview

The HOMEGROWN program nurtures local businesses and gives them the tools they need to grow. The program is centered around providing market research and high-level tech assistance toward industry trends, search engine optimization, and marketing. When provided with the kind of timely and relevant information that market research can provide about competitors, customers, markets, and industry trends...companies & start-ups can make strategic decisions, which ultimately set them on a course of tremendous growth.

Apply for the “Homegrown” – Small Business Grant

Our board is looking for passion, as well as business smarts. You are eligible if you are a small business based in Defiance County, Ohio and has a revenue no larger than $250,000 annually. The goal of this application should be to can explain your business and needs appropriately below. 

Tell Us about YOU and Your Business and please provide a description of the good or service you are providing for the greater community. We have $10,000 budgeted annually, but once those funds are allocated our next round will begin the following calendar year. Award amounts are $500. Awards will be allocated quarterly after review of the Homegrown Board.

Allocations rounds will happen accordingly:​

*March 1, 2024
*June 1, 2024
*September 1, 2024
*December 1, 2024

Please also provide your most recent Balance Sheet & Profit & Loss Financial Documents.
Email to Erika@DefianceCountyED.Com, along with filling out the submission below.
If you are a start-up, please note that below in your submission. ​Please review the below requirements:

- Applicants must have their business registered with the State of Ohio, to be eligible. 
- Once awarded, if the business owner hasn't met with Northwest State's Small Business Development Center, this will be a requirement, with the goal of developing a business plan or growth plan. This is a service with no cost and great benefits to make sure you are prepared to start your business or scale up your existing business. Feel free to reach out ahead of applying to Lisa Becher

- Awardees will be required to provide receipts or invoices for the funds allocated.
- This award can only be applied for once per year. 

Thanks for your interest in this program. If you have any questions, please email: 
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