Meet the team: Sarah Sarviss, Marketing & Business Development Consultant

Meet the team: Sarah Sarviss, Marketing & Business Development Consultant

Sarah joined E. B. Howard Consulting with a background in IT Marketing, Software, Web, and App development. With an educational background in Marketing and Psychology, Sarah brings a wide mix of experience to the team. Sarah is our problem solver, detective, and outside-the-box thinker. She enjoys the client relationship side of the business and helping clients find solutions to help get their projects 'over the line' ...
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Grants: facts and fiction

Grants: facts and fiction

In the appropriately titled 2014 post "Free Money. HA!" (https://www.ebhoward.com/free-money-ha/) we explore the absurdity of the idea that there are funds out there just waiting to be handed out to anyone who asks. What a wonderful world that would be, but when our elders told us, "money doesn't grow on trees", unfortunately, they were correct. There are frequent rumors and numerous scams promising no strings attached funds to whomever. These "opportunities" are dangerous to approach and often result in fraud and theft. "Free money" is unequivocally a myth. There are however lucrative grant opportunities to explore within both the private ...
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Meet the team: Sierra Ragoonanan, Strategic Development Consultant

Meet the team: Sierra Ragoonanan, Strategic Development Consultant

Sierra has a background in sociology and experience in Florida state grants, various national service grants, 21st CCLC grants, other educational-focused grants, and program evaluation. She is also a certified trainer with the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.  Sierra is proud of the work that has been put into the COVID-19 Database at StartupFundHub.com by E.B. Howard Consulting. The pandemic has forced a lot of people and businesses to seek help in ways they previously wouldn't have and she loves how user-friendly the database is to direct people to the resources that are available in the community ...
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Letters of Support

Letters of Support

Many clients wonder what makes a good Letter of Support (LOS) and how to go about obtaining them. This has been true since 2015 when we first posted on the topic (https://www.ebhoward.com/best-practices-for-collecting-letters-of-support/). Letters of Support are helpful in all funding opportunities and required in most federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) opportunities. Letters of Support speak to the merit f the proposal and the Primary Investigator'ss ability to run the project should it be funded. Here are some best practices to help ensure that you are collecting high-quality Letters of Support (LOS)... Addressing the LOS: Each should be addressed either to ...
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Meet the team: Amber Clark, Client Funding Strategist

Meet the team: Amber Clark, Client Funding Strategist

Amber has a background in human services, psychology, health, and business management. Amber has experience with federal agency proposals (mainly SBIR), foundation proposals, and federal, state, and local government contracts. Her primary area of focus is proposal preparation but she has also worked on various research, evaluation, and business plan projects, among others. Amber's favorite part of her career is discovering emerging innovations or technologies. She also enjoys being able to learn about each client's unique product and vision, translate that information to the reviewers, and demonstrate the merit of the project. As an avid coffee drinker, one of Amber's ...
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The New York Ventures Direct Fund

The New York Ventures Direct Fund

Since the unfortunate end of the New York MWBE Fund (https://www.ebhoward.com/the-fund-women-minority-business/) many New York-based small businesses have had to explore new ways to get funded. Seed funding can be among the most difficult to raise especially for a small business owner who is just beginning their journey. It is for this reason that New York's small business owners seek the assistance of The New York Ventures Direct Fund. The New York Ventures Direct Fund is a $100 million venture capital fund that invests in seed and early-stage businesses throughout the state. Funding varies but the goal of the program is ...
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Grant professional credentialing for SBIR proposal preparation

Grant professional credentialing for SBIR proposal preparation

Credentials When selecting a professional to perform a service most people seek a professional with certain credentials or certifications in order to ensure they are receiving the best possible service. The search for a grant proposal preparation professional is no different. Unfortunately, with some professions, there is little to no standardized or consistent credentialing to demonstrate skill or experience. This is true of proposal preparation specialists. When looking to apply for the incredibly competitive SBIR program, applicants want a professional that demonstrates proficiency and ethics. Without a consistent method of measuring the abilities of these professionals, that can be difficult ...
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Commercialization Planning for SBIR/STTR Stage Companies

Commercialization Planning for SBIR/STTR Stage Companies

A very informative webinar was presented by Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. College of Medicine November 12th, 2020. The topic of discussion was commercialization planning for Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) stage companies. The presentation reminded potential applicants of many key points to consider regarding commercialization when applying to the program. From experience in preparing proposals for clients, there seem to be several common pitfalls small businesses encounter when crafting their commercialization section. Hopefully, you had a chance to attend the webinar, but for those who missed it, here is the abridged version. Intelligence ...
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Grammar affects credibility in writing

Grammar affects credibility in writing

We created a post back in 2014 titled "fun with commas" (https://www.ebhoward.com/fun-commas/) that included an amusing comment on grammar: While there are plenty of great jokes and memes out there surrounding grammar and punctuation, it really is no laughing matter. While it is true that everyone makes mistakes, it is critical to copy edit and spell and grammar check any writing you plan to disseminate. The unfortunate truth is that these kinds of errors in your writing could make reviewers, investors, and colleagues doubt your credibility. Mistakes will happen, but here are some tips for mitigating the risk of embarrassing ...
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Going About Finding Funding the Smart Way

Going About Finding Funding the Smart Way

Our founder & CEO, Christine E.B. Howard recently sat down with Rosemary Coates on the Empowering Women in Manufacturing And Business (WAM) podcast to talk about Finding Funding the Smart Way. Tune in to hear their great conversation about the ins and outs of the industry and the underlining the volatility and unpredictability that comes with seeking capital. Listen now at: https://lnkd.in/dGnrxhn The world of startup funding is an exciting and sometimes overwhelming arena to enter. Here on the WAM podcast today, Rosemary Coates interviews Christine Howard, who is the founder and CEO of E.B. Howard Consulting as well as StartupFundHub.com! ...
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TABA: How to find it and how to use it

TABA: How to find it and how to use it

Some U.S. government agencies who participate in the Small Business Innovation Research program offer additional funding on SBIR/STTR award to select a commercialization services provider through an option called Discretionary Technical Assistance (DTA), or Commercialization Assistance. As part of The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, a new term for this assistance was introduced, “Technical and Business Assistance or (TABA). While some agencies in the SBIR/STTR program select a vendor to provide commercialization assistance to its awardees, recent legislation passed in 2018 also made TABA available as an alternative to in-house. TABA provides small businesses ...
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Guarantee my proposal funding?

Guarantee my proposal funding?

The topic for this post first emerged all the way back in 2013 (https://www.ebhoward.com/does-e-b-howard-consulting-guarantee-that-the-grant-proposal-will-be-funded/). This question still comes up frequently from many clients. We have learned a lot since 2013 and written numerous proposals, but the answer remains the same. Proposal funding is decided upon by reviewers alone. This means that your grant preparation professional can not guarantee the outcome of your award. Unless you happen to find a consultant that can see the future. Proposal Preparation While all proposal preparation specialists apply the full scope of effort and sincerely hopes the proposal is funded, they have no way to ...
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EPA SBIR

EPA SBIR

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release its next RFP (request for proposals) for the SBIR program. The EPA SBIR release is anticipated for June of 2021. Here is what you need to know to prepare. What Is Needed to Apply To apply for the Environmental Protection Agency SBIR Phase I, small businesses will need to register with several organizations. DUNS Number - Applicants must obtain a Dun and Bradstreet business ID number to register. This cost-free registration is simple and is generally approved within 30 days. **In order to be eligible to apply for SAM and grants.gov you ...
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The Guild's Fundraising Bootcamp

The Guild’s Fundraising Bootcamp

Christine E.B. Howard, founder & CEO recently spoke at The Guild's 1-day Fundraising Bootcamp for pre-seed and seed-stage founders. The event focused on helping founders get practical tips on how to structure, plan and execute a successful fundraising process. Christine's talk focused on funding that does not take equity from your startup. What is it, where to find it, and what you should know. The Fundraising Bootcamp also included founders who recently closed funding rounds also joined to share their hottest tips. Investors and experts who help founders fundraise (e.g., IP, legal, grants, term sheets) also joined to answer questions ...
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How institutional instructions differ from the solicitation - and what you need to know

How institutional instructions differ from the solicitation – and what you need to know

There is a big world of funding out there. For startups, this fact can be simultaneously motivating and anxiety-inducing. On the one hand, it is great that there are so many ways to find funding. On the other, it can be really tough to navigate the expectations of the agencies that offer the solicitation as well as the individual solicitation itself. Here is a quick how-to for staying sane while preparing government-funded proposals. Institutional Instructions Each of the 11 federal agencies that provide government funding to small businesses provides institutional instructions for preparing proposals. These instructions will provide major guidance ...
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The Build to Scale Program

The Build to Scale Program

While The RIS program managed by EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is no longer active (https://www.ebhoward.com/i6-challenge-seed-fund-support/(opens in a new tab), the EDA has created The Build to Scale Program to build regional economies through scalable startups through the Venture Challenge and Capital Challenge. EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) leads the Build to Scale (B2S) Program which is authorized under Section 27 of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (15 U.S.C. § 3722). Under the Build to Scale Program, EDA manages a portfolio of grant competitions that further technology-based economic development initiatives that accelerate high-quality job growth, ...
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Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)

Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)

Our colleagues at The Coppola Firm shared this great post on the new Restaurant Revitalization Fund for food, beverage, and hospitality-related businesses in the United States. https://coppola-firm.com/2021/04/restaurant-revitalization-fund/?fbclid=IwAR1d2fKxIIibgMESO0xTAFjzE_vFZiBG26EuFYbSDUbBy5P3zZ623xGHnuI and we thought we would help spread the word. The fund will provide up to $10,000,000 to keep hospitality companies in business throughout the pandemic. Eligibility for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund RestaurantsFood stands, food trucks, food cartsCaterersBars, saloons, lounges, tavernsSnack and nonalcoholic beverage barsBakeries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)Breweries and/or microbreweries ...
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The program officer: Why you should ALWAYS contact them

The program officer: Why you should ALWAYS contact them

Whenever a solicitation is released by a government or private entity, a program officer is nominated to act as the point of contact for any questions applicants may have. All applicants should read the solicitation thoroughly and make notes of any clarifications needed. The program officer can supply this clarification and ensure the proposal meets the stated guidelines. Proposals that do not meet guidelines are often denied before they ever have a chance to be reviewed. This is why it is critically important to reach out to the program officer to receive confirmation that all necessary steps are being followed ...
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Personal grants and "free money"-too good to be true?

Personal grants and “free money”-too good to be true?

Personal Grants In looking back on some older posts we noticed a post from 2013 surrounding personal grants. To view that post in full, visit https://www.ebhoward.com/home-owner-grants/. When we first started out many clients had heard about the myth of "free money" and would ask how to obtain it. We had to gently explain that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It is true that low-interest loans, construction support activities, and some grants do exist for low-income families purchasing homes or attending college. However, there are no open solicitation grants for individuals. As our businesses grew ...
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Goals and Objectives: The Difference Between the Two and Why it Matters

Goals and Objectives: The Difference Between the Two and Why it Matters

When preparing a proposal, it is very important to understand the difference between goals and objectives. Many small business owners mistakenly use these terms interchangeably to mean the same thing, which can muddy the clarity of the overall proposal and leave reviewers with a less defined understanding of the proposed activities and why they are important. Goals Goals are a big-picture idea of the overall point of the project. While there may be individual activities and milestones the team seeks to meet while accomplishing the goal, these smaller milestones are not to be confused with the goal itself. For example, ...
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