Dog treat company Lincoln Bark is one of hundreds of small businesses applying for a Mission Main Street grant by JP Morgan Chase. Lincoln Bark is hoping to be one of 12 businesses that is awarded a US$250,000 grant and a trip to Google for an exclusive small business workshop with Google's experts.
Consumers can support Lincoln Bark by visiting the company's Mission Main Street profile before November 15 and voting using their Facebook accounts. Once Lincoln Bark's profile reaches 250 consumer votes, the company will enter a panelist deliberation phase. Chase will announce the 12 winning businesses in January 2014.
"Our biggest challenges are the significant financial resources and time commitments needed to compete successfully in the $50 billion pet industry. This grant will allow us to ramp up for new business and ensure our long-term growth and stability in inventory production and management, distribution, sales and marketing," says Bobbye Cochran, president and founder of Lincoln Bark.
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