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Working Washington Small Business Grants, Round 4: Gov. Jay Inslee and the state Legislature approved a new round of small business grants. The $240 million in grants will focus on small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The application portal will open March 29. For details go to

American Rescue Plan: President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act on March 11. It includes:

  • Stimulus checks: The bill provides for $1,400 checks for individuals making less than $75,000 annually, and phased-out amounts for people with higher incomes. Married couples who file taxes jointly can receive two $1,400 checks if their combined income is below $150,000. Payments would phase out at $80,000 for individuals and $160,000 for married couples. Children and adult dependents (including disabled adults and college students) are eligible for the full $1,400.
  • Unemployment payments: The bill includes enhanced unemployment benefits
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Huston Pullen named director of UNF small business center | Jax Daily Record | Jacksonville Daily Record

The Florida Small Business Development Center Network and the University of North Florida announced Huston Pullen as the regional director of the Florida SBDC at UNF.

Pullen succeeds Janice Donaldson, who retired after 39 years with the Florida SBDC at UNF.

A university news release says Pullen will provide strategic direction and oversight of consulting, training and research activities within the center’s 18-county service area in Northeast Florida.

“We are very pleased to welcome Huston to the University of North Florida. He brings a wealth of experience in program management, economic and workforce development and strategic communications,” said Richard Buttimer, UNF Coggin College of Business dean, in the release.

“Huston is superbly equipped to lead the Florida SBDC at UNF in a way that honors Janice’s legacy while building upon it as the region looks ahead to its next chapter,” said Cheryl Kirby, interim CEO of the Florida SBDC Network.

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SCSU small business center receives $50K grant | Local

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A new $50,000 grant from Dominion Energy will allow South Carolina State University’s Region Small Business Development Center to expand its technological support for minority-owned businesses as well as educational business training.

“Uplifting minority entrepreneurs has long been a core value at S.C. State University,” President James E. Clark said. “With Dominion Energy’s support, the Small Business Development Center will grow to serve more existing businesses, as well as start-up initiatives. S.C. State greatly appreciates Dominion Energy’s commitment to such important developments in our community.”

According to SBDC Director Jim Johnson, the funds will support the SBDC’s minority specialty program developed to highlight social equity and inclusion for small businesses. The grant will bolster the program’s mission of providing no-cost guidance and training to assist small business owners and potential owners in starting and growing successful businesses. A rollout is expected later in 2021.

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Business owner navigates through pandemic with help from RCCC Small Business Center | Local News

“I liked the fact that the Small Business Center went into ‘save small business’ mode early in the COVID crisis,” Schoefield said. “I felt like I wasn’t in it by myself. Someone else believed in what I was doing, whether they had a boutique or not, and that helped me believe I could get through it.”

With the help of her BRACE coach, Schoefield shifted gears while staying true to her brand. Instead of marketing to an audience of women who were buying items for special occasions, church and parties, she transitioned to what she calls “Zoom wear,” concentrating on helping them enhance their online appearance while working from home.

Schoefield revamped her website, expanded e-commerce options and began broadcasting Facebook Live sale sessions to engage customers in real time. She also began offering what she calls “virtual personal shopping,” where customers can contact her by cellphone or Zoom and

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