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CEED partners with Verizon’s Small Business Digital Ready Program to provide select small businesses with $10,000 grants

By Staff Report, posted 2 months ago
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The Center for Empowerment and Economic Development’s (CEED) Women Business Center of Fayetteville (WBCFAY) Program recently announced a groundbreaking partnership with Verizon's Small Business Digital Ready program, presenting small businesses with an opportunity to access $10,000 grants and an online training portal. 

Highlights of the program include:

  • Free Access: Any small business can register for free, with no commitment to Verizon required.
  • Flexible Learning: Resources are available on-demand, allowing participants to learn at their own pace and convenience.
  • Customizable Program: Entrepreneurs can tailor the program to meet their unique needs, adapting easily to new interests and challenges.

Receiving this grant can be a game-changer for small businesses, providing crucial financial support to fuel growth, enhance operations, and innovate. The grant offers a lifeline for entrepreneurs looking to invest in technology, marketing, employee training and other essential areas that drive long-term success. 

How to Apply:

  1. Skill Enhancement: Enhance your small business skills by completing two courses or events.
  2. Course Completion Date: Courses or events must have concluded after July 1, 2023.
  3. Application Period: Apply between October 11, 2023, and December 20, 2023.
  4. Notification: All applicants will receive notifications regarding their grant status.

To apply and take advantage of this opportunity, small businesses are encouraged to register through CEED’s unique link

The NC Center for Empowerment and Economic Development, in collaboration with Verizon’s Small Business Digital Ready program, is dedicated to propelling small businesses towards success. 

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