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SHOPLOCAL.US NOW ACCEPTING 2015 SUBMISSIONS FROM LOCAL SOUTH BAY BUSINESSES FOR SMALL INDIE BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM

In its Third Year of Providing Support for Small Independent Businesses in the South Bay






Redondo Beach, California (July 20, 2015) ----- ShopLocal.us announced the submission period is now open for its small business grant awards program. In its third year, the program is aimed at helping independently-owned businesses in the South Bay of Los Angeles grow or maintain their business. Small local businesses that wish to apply must enter online and highlight, in a 2-minute or less video, one thing that a grant award would be used for to contribute most to their success as a small business.

Grant amounts range from $500 to $2,000 in cash along with other business promotional prizes and will be awarded to the top three qualifying businesses. Finalists will be featured online throughout the month of October and the three selected winners will be announced at ShopLocal’s South Bay Business Mavericks Grant Awards and Gala on October 21, 2015.

“The grant program is still very much needed by our local businesses,” said Heidi Butzine. “Taking the leap to start up and then build a brand is not easy and every bit of support helps a small business.” Last year’s event sold out and grant submissions from local businesses doubled from the year before. Said Butzine, “We couldn’t have done it without the support from the community, our incredible speakers and generous sponsors. We look forward to doing it again!”

“We are thrilled to welcome this dynamic group of local business professionals to share their stories of courage, creativity, and risk-taking that goes along with running a business and growing a brand,” said ShopLocal.us Founder Heidi Butzine. “We chose the mavericks theme because we believe it represents what it means to be in business today. Where conventional wisdom says, ‘can’t be done,’ the maverick sees opportunity.”

ShopLocal.us has given $8,000 in grant awards and prizes to local businesses in the South Bay community over the past two years. Winners received this money to help fund important business needs and support the sustainability and growth of their business.

The ShopLocal.us Small Indie Business Grant program is open only to small independently-owned retail or service businesses that are based and headquartered in the South Bay of Los Angeles. There is no cost to apply. The deadline to complete the application is September 30, 2015. For more information, visit: www.shoplocal.us/grant

About ShopLocal.us

ShopLocal.us is dedicated to building the economy by boosting the visibility and profitability of small independent businesses through advocacy and grassroots publicity. ShopLocal.us raises consumer awareness about local businesses and their impact on building healthy, wealthy & vibrant communities and provides small business marketing strategies. Learn more at: http://shoplocal.us/grant/ and http://www.southbaybusinessmavericks.com. For more information contact Heidi directly at 310-308-0796 or heidi@shoplocal.us.



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