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5 Cash Awards to the Top Finalists!

The Womens Center for Entrepreneurship Corp and the New Jersey Department of State, Office of Faith-Based Initiatives are pleased to announce the 2015 SEED Grant Program.


1st Award: $7,500 S.E.E.D. Grant

2nd Award: $5,000 S.E.E.D. Grant

3rd Award: $4,000 S.E.E.D Grant

4th Award: $3,000 S.E.E.D Grant

5th Award: $1,500 S.E.E.D Grant


  1. The competition is open open to women who are in the business planning stage or who have been in business for less than six months. (Cut off will be determined by the date of the first training class.) Businesses will be located in the State of New Jersey.
  2. Participants must complete the following WBC business development courses:

    (Click on a class name to see a description.)

    Are You an Entrepreneur? or How to Start a Small Business

    This is an overview seminar that touches on issues of personality, business knowledge, experience, and the proper time, place and financing. Also covered will be the importance of business plans, networking, and insurance, marketing vs. public relations, home-based vs. non home-based businesses, and the availability of grants and loans.

    3 hours (1 session)

    Start Right! (business plan class)

    Everything you ever wanted to know about opening a business presented in the format of preparing your formal written business plan. Legal, marketing, accounting and financing are all addressed in depth, as are techniques to make the project happen.

    12 hours (4 sessions)

    Bookkeeping & Introduction to QuickBooks

    First learn basic bookkeeping concepts for your business, then learn how to set up and use the basic features of this popular and user-friendly accounting program. This seminar will be presented with laptop computers, seating 2 persons to a computer.

    8 hours (3 sessions)

    Maintaining and Repairing Your Credit

    Some of the topics to be covered in this class are credit score-how it’s determined and how to improve it, credit reports-how to access them, how to read and understand them, what factors impact them and how to improve them, and credit fraud prevention-what to do about lost or stolen identity information and fishing methods to be aware of.

    3 hours (1 session)


    Building a Marketing Plan

    Topics covered in this course include maximizing your precious marketing dollars, timely tips to help market your business, finding the right media mix, low-cost marketing ideas, and using Public Relations to stand out from the crowd.

    3 hours (1 session)

    Raising Your Sales IQ

    Some of the topics to be covered in this class are selling benefits and value, overcoming objections, closing the sale, why people need what you sell, defining a unique selling position and identifying specific customer needs.

    3 hours (1 session)

    Public Speaking

    This seminar focuses on creating a structured presentation, illustrating anatomy roles during presentation delivery, practicing techniques for “Q & A”, and evaluating and developing action plans for improvement.

    3 hours (1 session)


  4. Applicants will submit the application, a written business plan on the state template, grant budget, i.e., specific information and a timeline about how and when the grant money will be spent, and résumé to Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corp. for preliminary selection. The deadline for consideration of a business plan is May 4, 2015.
  5. The top 10 business plans that have received preliminary selection will be presented in person, by the business owner, to the judging panel members.
  6. Viability of the business plan and budget will determine awards. Up to 5 cash awards will be made.
WCEC: Women's Center for Entrepreneurship Corp.
  • 311 Main Street
    Chatham, NJ 07928
  • phone: 973.507.9700
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This U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Cooperative Agreement is partially funded by the SBA. The SBA's funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and limited English proficiency will be made, if requested at least two weeks in advance by contacting Women's Center for Entrepreneurship Corp. at 973-507-9700.