Feeling stuck with your small business?  Have an idea that would help you scale, but not sure how to make it happen with limited resources? We've listed four opportunities below you can apply for to find funding, mentors, education, and pitch opportunities to grow your business.  Don't put it off - the first deadline is March 5th!

Dallas Business Journal/BBVA Compass Entrepreneurial Opportunity of the Year
What: Do you have an innovative idea that will take your business to the next level? The Dallas Business Journal and BBVA Compass are teaming up to find the next great idea. Nominate your company for the Entrepreneurial Opportunity of the Year Contest for the chance to be one of five DFW finalists who pitch your idea to a panel of judges at a live event. The winning pitch will receive $10,000 and a chance to compete in Nashville for the ultimate grand prize of $50,000. 
Application Deadline: March 5
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SBA Dallas/Fort Worth District 2019 Emerging Leaders
What: Emerging Leaders is a program for established business owners poised for growth. Over the course of seven months, the  participating business owners will learn immediate ways to improve their business and will create a three-year strategic growth plan to build a sustainable business of size and scale. The classes are generally held every 2 weeks. To be considered, firms must:

  • be for-profit enterprises,
  • been in business for at least three years,
  • have at least one full-time employee other than the business owner
  • have annual revenues between $250,000 and $10 million.

Application Deadline: March 8
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Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program
What: Designed for women entrepreneurs – providing the community of support you need to connect, learn, and grow your business. Fellows will receive a 4-day workshop at the Tory Burch offices, access to the Foundation’s online peer-to-peer network of women entrepreneurs and resources, a $5000 business grant, and the opportunity to pitch their business to industry influencers. 
Application Deadline: March 12
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2019 FedEx® Small Business Grant Contest 
What: You’ve built something amazing. Now it’s time to share it with a wider audience. The 2019 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest offers prizes between $15,000 and $50,000 for small business owners.
Deadline to Apply: March 25
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