Central Vermont Community Action Council receives $67,000 SBA grant

first_imgNinety-two nonprofit organizations from around the country received $8 million in grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration, including one to the Central Vermont Community Action Council for $67,000, to help low-income and very low-income entrepreneurs with training and technical assistance to start, operate and grow their businesses. The grants, delivered under the Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs (PRIME), also will provide capacity-building services to microenterprise development entities to strengthen the quality of their programs.Competition for PRIME grants was open to applicants in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. Last year, SBA funded 58 grants in 32 states on a highly competitive basis. This year, SBA received 215 applications. A total of 92 grants were awarded this year to 57 second-year recipients and 35 new participants from 43 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.‘PRIME grants remain a major source of funding for providing small businesses with essential training and technical assistance,’ said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills. ‘We are very pleased that this year we have been able to provide this funding, which will translate into new jobs and stronger local economies.’PRIME grants are intended to help small businesses with five or fewer employees that are economically disadvantaged, and to businesses owned by low-income individuals, including those residing on Indian reservations and tribal lands. Such help is offered through a network of qualified nonprofit organizations that provide business training and technical assistance.Grants ranged up to $250,000 this year, with a 50 percent match required of each recipient organization. The PRIME grant is open to microentrepreneur training and technical assistance providers in all 50 states and the territories, and has a one-year performance period, with four 12-month options.For a complete list of recipients, Click on ‘SBA PRIME Grantees (by State), Fiscal Year 2010’ at: http://www.sba.gov/financialassistance/prospectivelenders/prime/index.ht(link is external)….Source: SBA. # # #last_img read more

4 apps to make money with your home

first_imgSome empty nesters are finding they are just one app away from turning their spare room into a side gig.According to an AARP study, 37% of working consumers age 50-64 have plans to work after retiring. A Gallup poll also found that three in four Americans plan to continue working on a part-time basis in retirement.With most looking for something flexible they can do from home, opening their doors can seem like an appealing opportunity.If it’s something you’re interested in exploring, be sure you understand all of the regulations, insurance and taxes involved. There are also startup costs and other recurring expenses to consider. The last thing you want is to violate the law or end up with a “guest” who refuses to leave.Once all the research is completed, here are a few apps that can help make your space sharing dream a reality. Roomi: Got an extra room you want to rent out? You can list it for free along with other information such as house rules, length of stay, available move-in dates and requests for background checks.Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO): If your vacation property is gathering dust, this app may be an option.Airbnb: This company is in the spotlight for helping homeowners make cash by renting out their homes while at home or away. The service is on pace to log 100 million guests this year.Peerspace or Splacer: Not ready to commit to having someone in your home for days or weeks? If you have an amazing view in a big city or the perfect house and land for events, these apps let you rent your home or room by the hour. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Detailslast_img read more

Top 5 tips for collections businesses

first_img continue reading » Many small to mid-sized businesses find payments to be their most significant challenge. Odd, we know, but all too common. You’d think companies would want to develop the simplest way to accept and receive money. This is especially true of the ARM/collections industry.Collections are fraught with outdated systems and methodologies that make collecting on-time payments from their customers a nightmare. Over time, invoices pile up, accounts go past due, and cash flow dwindles. Implementing a strong collections strategy is vital to your business. While you can’t force clients to pay on time, you can change how you operate to be more efficient and convenient to improve your cash flow.Make Payments EasyYou need to facilitate a convenient payment structure if you want to receive your money on time. A web portal that allows customers to pay when and where they want is ideal. More payment options mean that clients can use their preferred methods to quickly and easily pay off their monthly balance. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Southampton’s six of the best

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When it comes to property plenty of investors are still breaking this golden rule

first_imgPlenty of property investors are breaking the first golden rule of property when they choose what to buy.WHEN it comes to buying property new research shows plenty of investors are still breaking the golden rule.Analysis by lender ME has found plenty of investors are just relying on past performance as a guarantee of future success.In fact more than half of those investors surveyed were doing exactly that.When asked what made them most confident that they had made the right investment, 56 per cent of respondents said it was that house prices had always gone up in the past.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by About 11 per cent admitted they were just following the crowed. They said with so many people buying investment properties they assumed it must be safe.Only about a third of property investors admitted they had sought expert advice or analysis of the market.ME head of home loans, Patrick Nolan, warned investors should be cautious and objective when buying.“Australia’s property market is diverse and not all properties are performing equally at any one time,’’ he said.“Your investment timeline is another important factor: the longer you’re able and prepared to remain invested the more likely you are to see growth.He said the best basis for making an investment decision was analysis and advice.last_img read more

Bulldogs Sweep Lions In Softball

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldog Softball team defeated Rushville last night by a score of 3-2 in 8 innings.The Bulldogs got on base early in the 1st inning when Laker singled to center with a base hit, but was thrown out on the next pitch as she attempted to steal 2nd. A strike out by Burkhart ended the 1st inning for the Bulldogs. A walk by Muir #14 to start the game for Rushville and a single to left field put runners in scoring position early. A 6-5 play on a ground ball forced Muir out at 3rd. A pop up behind home plate and catch by Cornn outed Kuhn, and a ground out by Muir #10 ended the inning with no runs scored.The Bulldogs were held scoreless in the 2nd and 3rd innings while Rushville scored 2. The first came after Muir #14 singled to left field and then reached 2nd on an error by the Bulldogs attempting to throw her out stealing. A single to center field by Hamilton scored Muir on another error by the Bulldogs attempting to throw her out at home and allowed Hamilton to reach 3rd base. A sacrifice fly by Marquez scored Hamilton. Two ground outs later ended the inning.The Bulldogs scored one run in the 4th inning after Obermeyer walked and Wilson tripled to CF to score courtesy runner Nunlist. The Bulldogs score their second run in the 6th inning after Waechter reached on an error and advanced to 2nd. Wilson singled to center advancing Waechter home.A pitchers duel ensued through the 7th and into the 8th inning. After a strike out by Cornn to start the 8th, Westerfeld walked and courtesy runner Nunlist advanced to 2nd after a wild pitch. Garcia sacrifice bunted successfully to advance Nunlist to 3rd. Laker singled to left field scoring Nunlist.  A Rushville strike out and two fly outs ended the game.Westerfeld led the team in pitching with 4 strikeouts and no earned runs coming in to relieve Obermeyer in the 4th inning. Wilson led the team at the plate with 2 hits (single and triple) and 2 RBIs. Laker finished with 3 hits and an RBI. Garcia had 3 hits, Obermeyer 2 hits and 2 walks, and Burkhard ended with a hit.  Wilson ended the game with 9 putouts while Burkhart finished with 6 assists.Rushville looked a whole lot better defensively than they did last week and they made it very difficult to score runs. Westerfeld did a great job of shutting their hitters down when she came in to start the fourth inning.‘This was a great win for us as we move to our last week of regular season softball with 4 games next week.’ Bulldogs Coach Randy Obermeyer.Next up – Connersville on Monday at home with a 5:30 PM start.The JV Lady Bulldogs traveled to Rushville Thursday evening and defeated the Lady Lions by a score of 13-2.  The Lady Bulldogs capitalized on solid hitting and terrific pitching to earn the victory.Batesville was first on the board in the top half of the third when they scored six runs off of eight hits in the frame.  They would go on to add five more in the fourth and another two in the fifth.  Rushville would get on the board but not until late in the bottom half of the fifth where they scored two runs. The Lady Bulldogs ended the game by getting an uncharacteristic 4-3-2-6 double play. Solid defense was key on the night as the Lady Bulldogs only committed a single error.The Lady Bulldogs pounded out 16 total hits on the evening with Gwen Martin leading the way slugging out three singles, two runs scored, and an RBI.  Abby Westerfeld, Chloe Saler, Hannah Nunlist, Anna Gerth, and McKenzie Laker all had two hits a piece while Kylie Laker, Ainsley Phipps, and Zoe Peters each had one.  Westerfeld led the team with three runs scored while Nunlist and Phipps contributed with three RBI’s a piece.Kylie Laker was excellent in her first start of the season going all five innings for the Lady Bulldogs punching out seven Lady Lions hitters.The win improves the JV Lady Bulldog record to 6-7 on the season. Batesville JV softball will next be in action Tuesday evening at home against the visiting Milan Lady Indians.  First pitch will be immediately following the varsity game.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Stacey Kessens.last_img read more

Flinn earns Promoter of the Year nomination

first_imgCRYSTAL, Mich. – Crystal Motor Speedway promoter Ron Flinn is one of six nomi­nees for Racing Promotion Monthly’s Auto Racing Promoter of the Year award.The ARPY is short track racing’s most prestigious annual award. Nominees hail from six different regions, with Flinn the promoter of the year in RPM’s Central Region.Crystal was recognized with a 30-year Modified sanction award at the IMCA ban­quet last fall.The Auto Racing Promoter of the Year will be revealed during the 45th annual RPM Workshop at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort at Daytona Beach, Fla., on Feb. 12.last_img

Alcohol related crash leaves one deceased

first_imgPenntown, IN —Tuesday evening, the Ripley County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a single-vehicle crash on Rosfeld Road just east of Saint Mary’s Road. When officers arrived, they found the driver, Dustin E. Race, 38, of Osgood,  and a passenger, Felisha Y. Ward, 24, of Patriot, trapped inside a Tiburon with serious injuries. Both were flown by UC Air Care to University of Cincinnati Hospital, where Ward was pronounced deceased from injuries sustained in the accident.The preliminary investigation indicates that the vehicle was headed westbound on Rosfeld Road when it went off the north side of the road before striking a bridge abutment. A witness stated she could hear a vehicle traveling sat a high rate of speed past her home. A second witness stated he drove his vehicle off the road into an embankment to avoid a head-on collision.Officers believe alcohol and speed contributed to the accident. The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Roman Abramovich watches Chelsea train after Jose Mourinho’s exit

first_img Press Association Chelsea owner Abramovich was pictured meeting players at training, and it has been reported he moved to allay any fears they may have had following Jose Mourinho’s exit on Thursday. Former Holland boss Hiddink told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf he was in London on Friday to discuss a short-term role with Chelsea, following Mourinho’s departure. Just seven months after leading Chelsea to the title Mourinho has left by “mutual consent” according to the club’s official statement. Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo cited “palpable discord” between the manager and players for Mourinho’s departure however. Russian billionaire Abramovich will now hope to complete swift negotiations over a second caretaker stint for Hiddink. The 69-year-old guided Chelsea to the 2009 FA Cup in a short-term deal, and is now primed to reprise that role. center_img Roman Abramovich swept into Chelsea’s Cobham training ground on Friday amid reports Guus Hiddink is in London to hold discussions with the club about becoming their interim manager.last_img read more

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dead at 87

first_imgThe second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has died at the age of 87 from metastatic pancreatic cancer.On the bench Ginsberg was known to lean left in her decisions so the balance of the court is in jeopardy. With the presidential election less than two months away, it’s highly unlikely President Trump will replace her with a nominee before November 3rd.Ginsberg survived several cancer diagnoses: colon, lung, liver and pancreatic.She finally succumbed to the latter.Throughout her life with Bader Ginsberg remained an optimist.last_img