America's Top Small Business Awards, put on by the US Chamber of Commerce, will honor the achievements of small businesses and highlight their contributions to America's economic growth. In this post and video, we go through the entire application process, from start to finish, and how you can apply quickly before the deadline. We also share tips on how you can maximize your chances of being selected for the $25,000 cash prize. You can see details and apply here.
How To Apply for America's Top Small Business 2023 Grant
First, here's who's eligible: You must be a legal resident of the United States, have a US-based for-profit business operating for at least 1 year, have fewer than 250 employees or gross revenues of less than $20 million for both 2021 and 2022.
The application is due by July 7th, 2023. Here's a complete video breakdown of how to apply, step-by-step.
How To Maximize Your Chances of Winning This $25,000 Grant
Here are 4 things you should do to put together your best application and shot at winning this $25k grant and being recognized as America's Top Small Business.
- Set yourself a reminder to apply. You can get reminders when you track on Skip here. Over 85% of business owners never submit their application despite their intention to apply.
- Watch the above step-by-step video. The video above will give you an overview of exactly what to expect when you apply, and demystify any fear you might have that you "can't apply successfully" or "won't be able to do this".
- Use AI to help you formulate the 12 written questions. As demonstrated in the video, their are 12 written questions you'll need to provide. To make it easier, for questions you don't have anwers too, consider using ChatGPT or Bard to help polish and improve your answers.
- Have a second set of eyes read your answers. This goes such a long way to making sure your answers stand out. Ask a fellow entrepreneur or friend to read over your answers before you hit submit.