Project Team

Project Team

Building the right project team requires a great deal of thought and planning. It is easy to rely on your personal or professional network to source your team, although not always the wisest choice. There are some specific aspects reviewers are looking for in a project team. It is important to consider these qualities when assembling your team and finding employees. What do Reviewers Want? The answer depends on several factors, including what agency you are applying to and the type of research being conducted. In general, reviewers want to ensure that the team has relevant prior experience and sufficient ...
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Grant Readiness

Grant Readiness

Is your company grant ready? While any company would appreciate some extra funds, it is best to wait until your business is truly grant ready to apply for funding. This applies to federal funding such as SBIR and government contracts, as well as private funding such as venture capitalists and angel investors. But what does “grant ready” mean? Overall, it means that the company is at a stage where it is ready to receive funding and grow as a business and that the company has everything needed to apply for funding. How do you know if you are grant ready? ...
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NEW! Startup Fund Hub's Accelerator Database Launches Today!

NEW! Startup Fund Hub’s Accelerator Database Launches Today!

It is official, a fourth database has been added to the roster for searchable small business funding database Startup Fund Hub! The newest addition is a list of accelerators focused on various industries and locations. The new database will be available to all members who have purchased the All-Access Pass. The COVID-19 database will remain FREE to all who sign up as a member. Startup Fund Hub For those who have not heard, Startup Fund Hub is a curated database created by E.B. Howard Consulting allowing users to empower themselves to find their own small business funding using a continuously ...
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Growth Strategy

Growth Strategy

It is easy to get excited about a new business, product, or idea. It is easy to get swept away in big dreams about the future of the company and how successful it will be. But as a business owner, you owe it to yourself to put plans in place to make sure the reality of your business's future is every bit as rosy as those big dreams, and that requires a growth strategy. The Roadmap It is critical early on in the development of your business to create a roadmap of where you are currently, where you would like ...
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It's Official, Our First Webinar is Scheduled for December 15th

It’s Official, Our First Webinar is Scheduled for December 15th

In response to the overwhelming need for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and proposal preparation education, E.B. Howard Consulting will be hosting an informational webinar on the topic. The program, "Beyond Grant Writing 101: Fundamentals and Advanced Toolkit for SBIR/STTR" will take place on December 15th, 2020. Tickets will be available on Eventbrite beginning November 16th. The presentation will focus on the history and overview of SBIR/STTR, the difference between the two programs, deep insight into best practices for proposal preparation, and a Q&A session. What will be covered? Overview of SBIR/STTR: General principles and purpose of funding, types ...
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SAM.gov and Associated Registrations

SAM.gov and Associated Registrations

Are you the type of person that waits until the last possible minute of a deadline? If so, it may benefit you to recognize and avoid this behavior pattern as a business owner when registering for federal accounts. Federal funding requires applicants to register for several accounts before being able to submit a proposal. The fact is, many of these registrations take significant time to approve, and if you miss the deadline, that’s it. There will be no extensions or second chances to submit until the next Funding Opportunity Announcement is released - and some agencies only release one per ...
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Pre-Award Costs and DOD - What you need to know.

Pre-Award Costs and DOD – What you need to know.

Each of the 11 government agencies has their own individual guidelines and policies with regard to allowable costs. Each of these is very specific with regard to pre-award costs. This includes services rendered for business consultation or proposal preparation. What is a 'pre award cost?' Also known as pre-agreement costs, pre=award costs are defined as costs considered necessary to the project but incurred prior to the starting date of the award period. You may not settle these costs with any awarded funds. The ONLY exception to this rule is if the Office of Grants & Training (G&T) makes an exception ...
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Startup Fund Hub's COVID-19 database is all about #GiveFirst

Startup Fund Hub’s COVID-19 database is all about #GiveFirst

Many businesses give back through a "community service" day or event on an occasional basis. The result is typically a forced, inauthentic, and exceptionally brief show of "dedication" to the community. (Sorry, just calling it what it is.) Many corporate types will go outside and pose in their suits, shovels in hand, for the press cameras. A single tree is planted (as if that can offset one-millionth of most of these businesses ' carbon footprint), and it's back to business. On the other hand, you have your startups and small businesses that give back differently because they #GiveFirst. Small businesses ...
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Financial Understanding

Financial Understanding

Most business owners know their product, service, or idea inside and out. However, not every business owner has a deep understanding of the total financial requirements of the business. It is important to know what the costs will be utilized for getting the business off the ground as well as for general operating costs and commercialization costs. There are many things to consider, such as labor, overhead, materials costs, administrative costs, fringe benefits, and so much more. Understanding these financial requirements is essential for several reasons. First, when asking for funding, you will know how much is necessary to complete ...
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Developing Your Management Capability Statement with Funding in Mind

Developing Your Management Capability Statement with Funding in Mind

An often overlooked aspect of putting together a team to develop a new service or product is the management personnel that will oversee the project. Many companies choose their management team from their personal or professional network of acquaintances, which makes sense to a degree. However, what many business owners overlook when building their management team is how investors will view their team. Describing the Team It is not enough to simply demonstrate experience, If you are looking for funding from a federal or private source, you will need to explain what each member of the team will be responsible ...
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Contract Funding Vs. Grant Funding

Contract Funding Vs. Grant Funding

There are several ways for small businesses to obtain funding from the federal government. While grants are a relatively well-known source, there are also plenty of federal contract opportunities out there that can provide a source of income to small businesses in return for services. While both opportunities have their merits, it is important to understand the key differences between these two types of federal funding. Grant Funding Grants from federal or foundation sources are awards given to companies to complete large scale projects. Often these projects carry a risk, that is, the end goal is something the small business ...
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COVID-19 is not over, and neither is the influx of related funding.

COVID-19 is not over, and neither is the influx of related funding.

When COVID-19 first became a part of our everyday lives, there was an outpouring of support from federal, state, and local governments as well as private foundations. These opportunities were meant to keep small businesses and individuals afloat while we all navigated the "new normal." We thought the pandemic would be over in a matter of weeks. Unfortunately, that estimation was over-ambitious, and we find ourselves in much the same scenario seven months later. Fortunately, while less publicized than they were initially, these opportunities to obtain assistance are as numerous as ever. New Opportunities While many of the first COVID-19 ...
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Pre-Award Costs & the DHS -What You Need to Know

Pre-Award Costs & the DHS -What You Need to Know

Each of the 11 government agencies has their own individual guidelines and policies with regard to allowable costs. Each of these is very specific with regard to pre-award costs. This includes services rendered for business consultation or proposal preparation. What is a 'pre award cost?' Pre-award costs ( pre-agreement costs) are defined as costs that are considered necessary to the project but are incurred prior to the starting date of the award period. You may not settle these costs with any awarded funds. The ONLY exception to this rule is if the Office of Grants & Training (G&T) makes an ...
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Launching StartupFundHub

Launching StartupFundHub

As you may know, E.B. Howard Consulting (EBHC) has launched its next landmark endeavor in helping the small business and startup community locate non-dilutive funding, StartupFundHub.com. This self-service subscription database provides access to the latest in non-dilutive funding opportunities in the United States, all in one place. Why launch StartupFundHub Startup Fund Hub started with just a COVID-19 blog post on EBHC's website back in March. This was focused on collecting all of the funding available for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 shutdown OR those focusing on mitigating the effects of COVID-19 in some way. See the original COVID-19 ...
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Know Your Competitive Advantage

Know Your Competitive Advantage

Competitive Advantage is an important thing to know about your product or service and to be able to articulate to investors. This is important when looking for federal funding such as Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) as well as when pitching to venture capital organizations or angel investors. Having a strong competitive advantage is important because it sets you apart from competitor products and services. Types of Competitive Advantage There are many ways a company can gain an advantage over market competitors. One of these ways is through brand recognition. A great example of the competitive advantage of brand recognition ...
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The Erie County Back to Business Grant Program

The Erie County Back to Business Grant Program

Update: 10/26/2020 - Please do not call our offices regarding this grant. We strongly encourage you to read the FAQ or contact backtobizgrants@ureeka.biz FAQ - can be found here. https://grants.ureeka.biz/backtobusiness-faq Attention all Erie County, NY-based small businesses! Ureeka and 43North have partnered to put some of the county's CARES act funding to great use! Ureeka, a one-stop-shop platform for small business growth, is open to all entrepreneurs but has been dedicated to underrepresented founders since its inception. The platform offers coaching, mentorship, grants, and programs to help entrepreneurs in the United States and Canada to reach their dreams. 43North is ...
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SBIR Contracts for NIH & CDC - essential info before applying

SBIR Contracts for NIH & CDC – essential info before applying

If you have an idea that could potentially help others but needs a little research and development (R&D) then you are a prime candidate for SBIR Contracts for NIH & CDC. These opportunities are fairly straightforward to apply to and offer regular dates for proposal submission. However, you do need to be aware of eligibility requirements and registration requirements before you consider submitting your proposal. Eligibility To receive SBIR funds, each awardee of an SBIR Phase I or Phase II award must qualify as a small business concern (SBC) at the time of award and at any other time set ...
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NIH Solicitation Changes: Stay Informed

NIH Solicitation Changes: Stay Informed

Published Changes Stay Informed of Solicitation Changes and Updates. There are guidelines to follow when preparing your National Institute of Health (#NIH) grant proposal. Corrections on these funding application guidelines are published periodically, usually 2-3 times per year as needed. This is because the agency wishes to reflect minor changes, although major changes or updates must be published immediately. A major change could wreak havoc on your proposal. But if you know where to look, you can easily find solicitation change information you need. Where can I find Solicitation Changes? A document called “SBIR/STTR Instructions for NIH and Other PHS ...
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How to use an Evaluator in your SBIR funding line

How to use an Evaluator in your SBIR funding line

Many people are unaware that it is easy and encouraged to write an external independent evaluator into an SBIR proposal. An evaluator is a great tool to help complete the reports associated with SBIR projects. While evaluation is not a mandatory component of SBIR projects, most SBIR awards come with mandatory regulations for project reporting. It is considered an allowable expense to hire an evaluator to complete reporting requirements. Potential awardees are welcome to write this fee into SBIR grant proposals. Why an Evaluator? The evaluator will be responsible for reporting, project meetings, and data collection. Depending on the individual ...
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Why Customer Discovery Is Important Prior to SBIR

Why Customer Discovery Is Important Prior to SBIR

Preparation is often the key to success. Hence why we study for tests, prepare for meetings, and even read a recipe before making dinner. SBIR activities focus heavily on commercialization and marketing. It is not enough to have a brilliant product. SBIR applicants must have a strong skill set in marketing and commercialization. Reviewers will take this fact into account when determining who will be awarded. The time to do your homework regarding the business and commercialization component of your project is before you apply for SBIR funding. Customer Discovery Customer discovery is the foundation upon which the rest of ...
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