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AMD Stock: Can Advanced Micro Devices Jump Higher on Q2 Earnings?

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Wall Street loves turnaround stories. Over the years, investors in Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) stock have been delighted with the price performance of their shares. I’m going to discuss the short- and long-term outlook of AMD stock, one of the darlings of Wall Street in 2019.

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AMD stock is expected to report Q2 earnings on July 24. Year-to-date, the Santa Clara-based chip designer is up about 93%. Long-term, I believe AMD stock price is going to rise much more. However, in the short-term, as AMD stock and its peers get ready to release quarterly results, there could be increased volatility in the markets.

I would encourage long-term investors to wait several weeks before buying AMD stock or hedge their positions if they currently own the stock.

What to Expect From AMD Stock Earnings

When AMD releases earnings in late July, Wall Street will pay attention to two segments:

  • Computing and Graphics and
  • Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom

On April 30, Advanced Micro Devices reported its Q1 2019 earnings. Its profit of 6 cents per share came in slightly ahead of analysts’ consensus outlook. In its Computing and Graphics segment, AMD’s revenue tumbled 26% year-over-year (YoY) to $831 million. In the Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment, its revenue fell 17% YoY to $441 million.

Overall many analysts saw the Q1 earnings report as a sign that AMD is executing its strategic plans well. In the current quarter, AMD management expects its revenue to be about $1.52 billion, a decrease of approximately 13% YoY.

Since late 2014, under the leadership of CEO Lisa Su, revenue has gone up and the company has been improving its balance sheet. Its debt has reduced and investors are hopeful that AMD stock can see positive cash flow soon. Over the next five years, analysts expect AMD to grow earnings by about 30% annually.

As new frontiers in technology, such as the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous driving, and 5G are being developed, I am bullish on the future of Advanced Micro Devices, which has been quite successful in recent years. As a result, I am also upbeat on the long-term outlook of AMD stock.

Yet, recent positive news from Advanced Micro Devices stock’s earnings and its clients have been factored into AMD stock price. Until AMD’s next earnings announcement, its stock is likely to become a battleground between long-term investors and short-term traders.

AMD has a history of reporting mixed results. Therefore Wall Street is likely to be cautious going into earnings.

AMD Stock Is Catching up With Its Main Competitors

Until 2019, Advanced Micro devices has mostly played catch-up with Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Intel (NASDAQ:INTC). The market cap for NVDA and INTC stocks are $101 billion and $223 billion respectively. AMD stock’s market cap stands at $37 billion.

Nvidia has dominance in graphics processing units (GPUs) while Intel has been a leader in central processing units (CPUs), the computing engine of most computers and data centers. Graphics processing units accelerate central processing units, boosting the performance of video and graphics and improving computers’ overall performance.

In May, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that AMD and Cray (NASDAQ:CRAY) had been awarded a $600 million contract to develop the ‘Frontier’ supercomputer. Expected to become the world’s fastest computer, Frontier will perform advanced calculations in areas like nuclear and climate research.

The supercomputer will use AMD’s EPYC CPUs, each of which will be connected to four of the company’s Radeon Instinct GPUs. This important deal confirms that AMD is now a recognized industry leader. In other words, AMD has a roadmap to compete with Intel’s dominant CPUs and Nvidia in the graphics-card space.

In Q3 AMD is expected to start selling its 7-nanometer (nm) chips, rivaling Intel’s 10nm, which will not be sold until the end of the year. With these smaller and more power-efficient chips, AMD is aiming to take market share from Intel, especially in data center business.

As AMD launches its Navi graphics cards in Q3 featuring the company’s 7-nanometer chips, management is confident that it will take GPU market share in the gaming segment from Nvidia.

In short, Advanced Micro Devices has taken important steps to make the fundamental metrics of the company stronger and to catch up with its main competitors.

What Could Derail AMD Stock Short-Term?

Wall Street has recently been debating whether the semiconductor industry, which is highly competitive and cyclical, has entered a prolonged downturn. Could these chip stocks have reached their 2019 highs in the eyes of investors?

For long-term investors, such gyrations in the sector are nothing new. Yet, in the coming weeks when many chip companies announce their earnings one after the other, any potential weak guidance that may be issued could lead investors to become bearish on semiconductor stocks.

Wall Street is nervous that chip companies’ upcoming results will be mixed. Analysts follow AMD’s gross margin levels closely. The company expects its Q2 gross margin to be 41%, the highest in eight years. Therefore, any unexpected dip in the margin could easily push AMD stock price south.

China is the leading consumer of semiconductors (more than 50%). On the other hand, U.S. chip companies lead the world with a combined global market share of nearly 50%.  Furthermore, many technology companies either have manufacturing plants in China or use Chinese companies in their supply chains. Therefore, Wall Street fears that U.S. chip makers will be among the largest losers of the current trade war.

Furthermore, analysts are debating whether Advanced Micro Devices stock is becoming overvalued. For example, its forward price-to-earnings-growth (PEG) ratio is about 2x. Similarly, AMD stocks’s price-sales (P/S) ratio of about 6x is also quite high. To put the metric into perspective, the S&P 500’s average price-sales ratio is 2.1.

Should Investors Buy AMD Stock Prior to Earnings?

As a result of the impressive run-up in AMD stock price in 2019, its short-term technical indicators have become quite “overbought.” In June, in addition to the broader market rally, AMD stock got an analyst upgrade that gave a big boost to its price.

If you are an investor who follows technical charts, AMD stock has strong resistance around the $34 level, where the stock is about to make a triple top. Therefore, if it cannot go and stay over $35 soon, some profit-taking is likely to occur.

Because AMD is a momentum leader stock, investors should expect sizable daily swings in the AMD stock price. Technically AMD stock is known to make a series of rallies and consolidations. We can expect this trend to continue in July and August, too.

If you already own Advanced Micro Devices stock, you might want to stay the course and hold onto your position. That said, if you are worried about short-term profit taking, then within the parameters of your portfolio allocation and risk/return profile, you may consider placing a stop loss at about 3%-5% below the current price point, to protect the profits you have already made from AMD stock.

If you are an experienced investor in the options market, you may also consider using an Aug. 16 expiry at-the-money (ATM) covered call strategy.  In that case, you may, for example, buy 100 shares of AMD at a limit price of $33 and sell an AMD Aug. 16 $33 call option, which currently trades at $2.4.

The $33 option offers some downside protection in case of volatility and a decline of AMD stock price. It would also enable investors to participate in a potential up move. This call option would stop trading on Aug. 16 and expire on Aug. 17.

I find AMD stock to be a buy candidate, especially as its price declines below $30. In a few years, I’d expect the shares to reach $40.

As of this writing, the author holds INTC covered calls (July 19 expiry).

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Monday Apple Rumors: Apple Stops Selling Older iPhone Models in India

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Leading the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) rumor mill today is news of India iPhone sales. Today, we’ll look at that and other Apple Rumors for Monday.

Monday Apple Rumors: Apple Stops Selling Older iPhone Models in India

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iPhone India: Apple is reportedly going to stop selling some older versions of the iPhone in India, AppleInsider notes. According to this report, the tech company is going to stop selling the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 6s Plus in the country. This has the tech company cutting out many of its budget devices in India. Instead, it leaves customers there with the iPhone 6s as the cheapest AAPL smartphone available for purchase. This probably has to do with a changing stance on its retail strategy in the country.

MacBook Air SSD: It looks like Apple skimped on the 2019 MacBook Air in one area, reports MacRumors. Speed tests of the SSD in the 2019 MacBook Air show that it is slower than the one in its 2018 counterpart. The 2019 model has an SSD that supports read speeds of 1.3GB per second. For comparison, the 2018 has an SSD with read speeds of 2GB per second. The write speeds for the two SSDs remain mostly the same, but the 2019 model is slightly faster.

iPhone 6 Fire: A recent report claims that one person’s iPhone 6 caught fire, 9to5Mac notes. An iPhone 6 belonging to an 11-year-old girl allegedly sparked in her hand and she threw it away from her. It landed on her blankets and reportedly caught fire, burning holes in them. Apple is aware of the situation and is investigating it.

As of this writing, William White did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.


Article printed from InvestorPlace Media, https://investorplace.com/2019/07/apple-stops-selling-some-iphones-in-india/.

©2019 InvestorPlace Media, LLC

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10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

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Amazon Prime Day memes are all over the place thanks to the big sale.

10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

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Amazon’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) Prime Day being here means that customers can shop for special deals on the e-commerce platform. However, a troubled past has resulted in people being a bit cynical about the sale event. You’ll see that reflected in many of the memes we are sharing today.

Even with all the negativity around Amazon Prime Day, that doesn’t mean there still aren’t deals to be had. Just don’t go crazy and end up buying a bunch of things you don’t need just because they were on sale. After all, it’s only saving money if the purchase you’re making has a point to it.

You can check out the following gallery for a collection of Amazon Prime Day memes to share on Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Instagram, Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) and other forms of social media.

Amazon Prime Day Memes to Share Online

10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

Amazon Prime Day Memes to Share Online

10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

Amazon Prime Day Memes to Share Online

10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

Amazon Prime Day Memes to Share Online

10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

Amazon Prime Day Memes to Share Online

10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

 

Amazon Prime Day Memes to Share Online

10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

 

 

Amazon Prime Day Memes to Share Online

10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

Amazon Prime Day Memes to Share Online

10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

Amazon Prime Day Memes to Share Online

10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

Amazon Prime Day Memes to Share Online

10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

10 Amazon Prime Day Memes to Post on Social Media

As of this writing, William White did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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SNAP Stock: The Gen Z Youth Market Snaps Back

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Generation Z, born after the year 2000, has grown up in a world dominated by the cloud czars, where cynicism about technology motives and actions is pervasive, and where protecting your identity rather than publicizing it is the norm.

Snap Stock

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It’s a vast new market that Snap (NASDAQ:SNAP) thinks it can win with new features and augmented reality.

Wall Street has been buying this argument, and loving the growth, in 2019. Shares that traded at under $6 in January are now trading at over $15. The market cap is up to $21.1 billion and CEO Evan Spiegel, once considered Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) road kill, now has a net worth of $3.5 billion.

But the shares are still below their post-IPO high, below their February 2018 peak. Snap is still a minnow next to Facebook, let alone Chinese giants like Tencent Holdings (OTCMKTS:TCEHY). Does this move have legs?

The Bull Case for SNAP Stock

Snap’s growth is once again in overdrive. After bringing in $1.18 billion of 2018 revenue, the company brought in $320 million in the first quarter and is expected to report over $350 million for the June quarter on July 23, albeit with an 8 cent per share loss. If it can keep that up for the rest of the year, Snap could bring in $1.52 billion for all of 2019, a growth rate of nearly 29%.

Snap is getting new respect from developers for Scan, an augmented reality platform that can be used to create .gifs on the fly, solve math problems from pictures, and become the heart of a new gaming system.

Previous AR platforms lacked the community and daily use to interest Wall Street. Snap is also rolling out a new ad platform to monetize Scan. It says it is now used by 90% of 13-24 year-olds, which is more than Facebook reaches with either its main platform or Instagram.

Snap’s earlier features, like self-erasing messages, were quickly copied by Facebook. The hope is it can innovate its way away from the larger company. Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) recently put Snap back on its buy list. Analysts are also enjoying a new gender swap filter that can let users disguise themselves to friends.

The Bear Case for SNAP Stock

There can be a downside to anything.

Stalkers could use the gender swap filter to cozy up to victims. The AR platform could also be misused. Snap is still focused on making money from advertising built on personal information, which is why many turned away from Facebook and even Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG) Google.

Snap has gone from being cheap to being overvalued, cynics say, arguing bulls are getting ahead of themselves. They note that Twitter (NASDAQ:TWTR) generates three times Snap’s revenue from a smaller user base. They say paying more than 10 times expected 2019 revenue for a money-losing company near the end of a recovery is, at best, speculative. Even some who are bullish on Snap are now suggesting option strategies to limit risk.

The Bottom Line

Snap is more than fully valued.

If you’re going to put money into it, you are going to have to watch that money closely. A negative earnings report, or a single bad headline, can still send Snap crashing to Earth.

If you got into Snap at its lows, a hard fall still leaves you with an attractive acquisition target, at a price higher than what you paid. But even in that case, the take-out would not be at a premium to the current price.

What you’re left with is a trade, a speculation for young investors who might lose their stake but will at least learn a lesson from it. If you make this old man look foolish with your fat profits, you can buy me dinner.

Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of the mystery thriller, The Reluctant Detective Finds Her Family, available at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at danablankenhorn@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned no shares in companies mentioned in this article.

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3 Breakout Stocks to Buy: CSCO, SPOT and HD Stock

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Last week’s gallery on breakout stocks to buy delivered big-league profits. So we’re returning to the well for three more candidates that boast price charts brimming with potential.

This week’s targets are inspired in large part by the S&P 500, which closed at a new record high of $3,013.77 on Friday. Nothing brings buyers to the yard like a major index touching its highest price in history. It reveals optimism and a risk-on attitude.

Last week’s demand surge was aided in part by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s testimony before Congress that all but confirmed the market’s expectation for a rate cut at the upcoming July 31 meeting. Betting markets peg the odds of a quarter-point cut at 72% and a half-point cut at 28%.

Without further ado, check out these three breakout stocks to buy.

3 Breakout Stocks to Buy: Cisco (CSCO)

3 Breakout Stocks to Buy: Cisco (CSCO)

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Friday’s rally for Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) succeeded where its predecessor did not. Last month’s breakout attempt over $57.50 was met with rejection and sharp selling. Friday’s bid, however, powered through the ceiling and closed at a new 52-week high.

With the gain, CSCO stock officially ended its three-month consolidation zone and signaled that the next stage of its uptrend is upon us. I’d use $60 as the first upside target. It would take a break below the 50-day moving average at $55 to invalidate the bullish backdrop. So until then, the path of least resistance is higher.

At 41%, the implied volatility rank is fiddling in the middle of its range. Couple that with earnings coming over the next month, and I think bull call spreads are the way to go.

Buy the Sep $57.50/$60 bull call spread for around $1.20.

Home Depot (HD)

3 Breakout Stocks to Buy: Home Depot (HD)3 Breakout Stocks to Buy: Home Depot (HD)

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Home Depot (NYSE:HD) was one of the best stocks on the board Friday. The retailer surged 2% on heavy volume to a new all-time high. On the technical front, there’s nothing not to like about its price action. The 20-day and 50-day moving averages are trending higher to confirm buyers’ dominance of the short- and intermediate-term trends.

A few accumulation days have cropped up over the past two weeks to signal institutions are wading into the waters. As far as options go, implied volatility is in the basement revealing an utter lack of uncertainty in the stock. That means prices for derivatives are dirt cheap. Long calls and call spreads offer great low-risk, high-reward bets right now.

If you think the good times continue to roll, then buy the Sep $220/$230 bull call spread for around $3.75.

Spotify (SPOT)

3 Breakout Stocks to Buy: Spotify (SPOT)3 Breakout Stocks to Buy: Spotify (SPOT)

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Last week’s rally ushered Spotify (NYSE:SPOT) to the cusp of a clear breakout zone. In fact, SPOT stock looks better than at any time since last year’s IPO. This summer’s recovery pushed shares of the streaming music service back above all its major moving averages for the first time.

The base built throughout 2019 should serve as a solid foundation to build an uptrend from if buyers decide to press their advantage here.

If SPOT can clear $155, look for a run toward the next ceiling of $170. To capitalize, buy the Oct $160/$170 bull call spread for around $3.30.

As of this writing, Tyler Craig didn’t hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Check out his recently released Bear Market Survival Guide to learn how to defend your portfolio against market volatility.

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Symantec News: SYMC Stock Sinks as Broadcom Deal Fizzles

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Symantec news for Monday has SYMC stock falling hard on a dead Broadcom deal.

Symantec News: SYMC Stock Sinks as Broadcom Deal FizzlesSources close to the matter claim that Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC) and Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) were unable to reach an agreement in an acquisition deal. If these sources have it right, the main problem with the deal was one of pricing.

The sources behind this Symantec news claim that the company wasn’t willing to take anything less than $28 per share for SYMC stock. However, it looks like Broadcom was unwilling to pay that much for the company.

According to the unnamed sources, Broadcom was originally willing to pay as much as $28.25 per share for SYMC stock. The problem comes with what happened after it looked more into the company. This evaluation resulted in it lowering its offering to below $28 per share, which Symantec was unwilling to accept, reports CNBC.

The initial report surrounding this Symantec news was from early this month. It claimed that Broadcom was going to be paying $15.00 billion to bring the company into its fold. Those same reports also claimed that the deal could have been announced before the July 4 weekend, but that a later date for the official announcement was more likely.

All of this Symantec news today isn’t helping out SYMC stock. It was down 13% as of noon Monday. This has it losing roughly all of the gains it got from those early reports concerning a deal with Broadcom.

As of this writing, William White did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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30-Plus Grants for Small Businesses

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A loan isn’t your only option: Many government organizations offer grants to local businesses that meet certain eligibility requirements and qualifications. You can also find small business grants sponsored by corporations, nonprofits and independent organizations. [Looking for more information on how to apply? Check out this related article on securing a business grant.]

Because grants are generally not expected to be repaid, they aren’t given to just anyone. Most organizations have strict guidelines and reporting measures to ensure that grant recipients use the money wisely. Many grants require you to match or combine the grant with other forms of financing.

To successfully navigate the often-complicated process of applying for a small business grant, seek help from a financial professional.

Independent grants for small businesses

1. The Awesome Foundation

This independent organization offers micro-grants of $1,000 each to small organizations or independent creators that are “advancing the interest of awesome.” Grants are awarded by independent local chapters around the world. The majority of awards go to projects that focus on community development, technology and the arts.

2. National Association for the Self-Employed Growth Grant

Micro-business owners who are also NASE members can apply for small business grants of up to $4,000. Grants are usually approved to finance a specific business need, such as buying equipment, hiring part-time help, creating a website, or investing in specific training and education. Grant winners are chosen monthly.    

3. Idea Cafe Small Business Grant

Business Owners’ Idea Cafe awards a $1,000 micro-grant to “the most inspirational business owner” in order to start or grow a business. Semifinalists are chosen by panel; finalists and the ultimate winner are chosen by open voting. The winner also receives a total of $1,500 in advertising credits, as well as free hosting for two years from Liquid Web, the award’s sponsor.

State grants for small businesses

4. Economic Development Administration

The EDA, which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, works with local, state and tribal agencies to provide small businesses with grant money, as well as access to resources and training. These grants usually aim to support technology and innovation, as well as small businesses that create economic growth in underserved areas.

5. Arizona STEP Grant

Businesses in Arizona are eligible for the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Grant. This provides funding and support for Arizona small businesses entering export markets for the first time or expanding to new international markets.

6. Arkansas Infrastructure Grants

Businesses that create jobs through infrastructure, facility and site improvements in Arkansas are eligible for an Infrastructure Grant. The amount of the grant awarded depends on the number of jobs created and their average wage, as well as the company’s strength and the project’s costs.

7. Colorado Grants for Startups & Small Business

Colorado is a friendly place for startups, and the state government offers a variety of incentives for small businesses. There are grants available for many kinds of businesses, particularly in the areas of technology and research innovation. There are also grants for businesses that benefit Colorado, such as by creating products that can be manufactured in-state and exported, as well as for businesses that create consistent job growth over a certain period of time.

8. State Trade Expansion Programs

Many states offer STEP grants through partnership with the Small Business Administration (SBA). These grants are usually aimed at local small businesses that are trying to expand to trade markets overseas, but each state has different qualifications and eligibility requirements.

9. Illinois Recycling Expansion and Modernization

The REM program in Illinois (some other states have similar programs) gives grants to small businesses and startups to help them accomplish waste management and recycling expansion initiatives. The goal of the grants is to divert waste from landfills, grow the local economy and demonstrate public economic benefit.

10. Iowa Small Business Grants

There are many agencies in Iowa that offer grants to small businesses. These grants usually focus on businesses that offer economic expansion and job growth in the state, including energy research and development, downtown revitalization, and rural infrastructure improvement. Eligibility requirements vary, but the state provides a fairly comprehensive list with information on each grant.

11. Kansas Job Creation Fund

Businesses that are starting in or expanding to Kansas can apply for grants from the Kansas Job Creation Fund. Payments from this program are usually given to companies over the course of several years as they demonstrate growth and reach specific benchmarks, including job creation or capital investment in their local economy.

12. Maryland Child Care Quality Incentive Grant Program

Child care businesses in Maryland can apply for grants to support improvements to the professionalism and quality of their programs. These grants are awarded quarterly and can be used to support staff training, facility expansion and other quality improvements in child care. Businesses must meet specific eligibility requirements for their curriculum, location and credentialing.

13. Minnesota Agricultural Grants

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture offers a variety of grants for agricultural businesses, covering research, improvements, sustainability initiatives, business planning and more. Eligibility requirements vary by grant.

14. Child Care Aware of Minnesota Grants

Like Maryland, Minnesota offers grants for child care providers who want to continue their staff’s education or improve the quality of their program. The state also sponsors Retaining Early Educators Through Attaining Incentives Now (REETAIN) bonuses, which are small grants to child care professionals to help with continuing education and professional development.

15. Minnesota Job Creation Fund

New or expanding businesses that meet certain benchmarks for local economic investment or job creation may be eligible for grants from the Minnesota Job Creation Fund. Businesses must be in eligible industries, such as warehousing, manufacturing, distribution or technology.

16. North Carolina IDEA grants

North Carolina startups and new tech companies can apply for NC IDEA grants of up to $50,000, which are intended to serve as seed capital for businesses with high growth potential. These grants aren’t administered by the state, but they are only available to businesses in North Carolina.

17. Tennessee FastTrack grants

New and expanding small businesses in Tennessee can apply for one of several FastTrack business grants, which support infrastructure expansion, job training and local economic development. Eligibility is based on a business’s job creation, wages, and level of skill for new jobs, local investment, and location.

18. D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development

Small businesses in Washington, D.C., can apply for one of several grant opportunities based on the ward where they are located. The available grants change regularly, based on funding and open deadlines, but many of them focus on businesses that are revitalizing downtown areas or expanding infrastructure and services.

Small business grants from federal agencies

19. U.S. Small Business Administration grants

Grants from the SBA often target regional tech companies and small businesses owned by veterans, minorities or women. The SBA also offers funding for training programs for small businesses or regional organizations. Eligibility for these grants may be based on participation in certain federal or state programs, and the grants the SBA offers can change yearly. Check the SBA’s grant page regularly to see if you are eligible for any available grant programs.

20. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

Known as America’s Seed Fund, these programs connect small businesses in the field of scientific research and innovative technology with grants and contracts from government agencies. Participating agencies include the following:

  1. Department of Defense – grants for small businesses focusing on military technology
  2. Department of Education – grants for small businesses developing technology for literacy, STEM education, language learning, education administration and services for students with disabilities
  3. Department of Energy – grants for small businesses focusing on material and environmental science research and technology, as well as renewable energy
  4. Department of Transportation – grants for small businesses developing new or innovative technology for aviation and infrastructure engineering
  5. Environmental Protection Agency – grants for small businesses developing eco-friendly technology and environmentally sustainable innovation
  6. Homeland Security – grants for small businesses focusing on cybersecurity, first responders, explosives, border security, and chemical or biological defense technology
  7. National Science Foundation – grants for small businesses focusing on engineering, medicine and other scientific research
  8. National Aeronautics and Space Administration – grants for small businesses focusing on alternative, renewable and efficient energy, as well as engineering and building spacecraft
  9. National Institute of Food and Agriculture – grants for small businesses doing agricultural research on food science, nutrition, forestry, animal protection and biofuel
  10. National Institutes of Health – grants for small businesses researching or developing innovative biomedical technology
  11. National Institute of Standards and Technology – grants for small businesses developing technology for cybersecurity, trade, manufacturing and software
  12. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – grants for small businesses focusing on research and development in coastal communities, climate mitigation/adaptation and ocean monitoring

The SBIR program aims at businesses doing research and tech development with commercial potential. The STTR program requires that businesses collaborate with a research institution. There are multiple eligibility requirements, such as being a for-profit business with 500 or fewer employees. These grants range in size from $150,000 to $1 million.

21. Rural Energy for America

The Department of Agriculture offers grants for businesses in eligible rural areas. Eligible businesses should be working to construct, improve, or otherwise develop renewable energy systems and energy-efficient technologies. These grants can be combined with a USDA loan.

22. Minerals and Mining on Indian Lands

Tribes and individual tribe members who own land or mineral rights can apply for one of these grants from the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs. These grants are intended to allow tribes to develop and make use of mineral and energy resources on tribal land.

23. USDA grants

The United States Department of Agriculture offers a variety of grants for agricultural and rural businesses. Eligibility varies, and for some grants your business must be partnered with a local state agency or utility.

  1. Community Connect Grants – grants to fund broadband expansion initiatives and infrastructure in rural areas
  2. Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants – grants for businesses implementing telecommunications programs in rural areas that connect patients to medical care and students to instructors
  3. Rural Business Development Grants – grants given to local utilities that are then passed on to job-creating small businesses partnered with those utilities
  4. Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Grants – grant funding to rural small businesses and agricultural producers that are using or developing renewable energy systems or making improvements in energy efficiency
  5. Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant – grants that provide technical assistance (such as business plan development, feasibility studies or leadership training) to socially disadvantaged groups through local cooperatives
  6. Value-Added Producer Grants – grants that aim to help agricultural producers generate new products, expand their business, increase producer income, or create and expand marketing opportunities; priority given to small and midsize farms and ranches that are new, socially disadvantaged, cooperatives, family farms, or proposing a mid-tier value chain

24. CyberTipline Grant

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency offers this grant to businesses that provide programs or services aimed at preventing human trafficking or exploitation of children.

25. Recovery Challenge Grant

Conservation-oriented businesses and researchers can apply for Recovery Challenge Grants from the Department of the Interior. Eligible businesses should be working toward preventing endangerment or reintroducing endangered species, as well as supporting conservation programs for fish, wildlife and plants.

Corporate small business grants

26. Halstead Grant

Emerging silver jewelry artists in the U.S. can apply for the Halstead Grant, which offers $7,500 plus other business-development benefits. The application process involves answering 15 questions about your business and submitting a design portfolio.

27. Visa Everywhere Initiative

Tech startups can participate in the Visa Everywhere Initiative contest, which involves solving different payment and commerce challenges each year. Finalists are invited to present their solutions to a panel of judges, and the winners receive $50,000 each.

28. Maker Cities Grant Program by Etsy

Entrepreneurs who sell on Etsy can partner with local nonprofits or research institutions to receive grants from Etsy’s Maker Cities. The program is designed to support local creative economies, and the institutions that receive the grants must have one or more Etsy sellers involved in the application process and project.

29. AT&T Grant for Greatness

Hosted by AT&T, this content awards grants to small businesses and entrepreneurs with unique or creative ideas and a particular business need. Awards are $1,000 each, and businesses must submit a two-minute video to apply.

30. ActivityHero Business Grant Contest

Owners of children’s camp or class businesses can enter the ActivityHero Business Grant Contest. One grand-prize winner receives a $5,000 cash prize, as well as $5,000 worth of services. Seven finalists are awarded $500 each in services. To qualify, businesses must be listed in the ActivityHero directory and have at least three reviews.

31. FedEx Small Business Grant

FedEx awards annual grants to 10 small businesses or startups that impress the judges with their elevator pitch, business operations and plan for how they will use funding. The grand prize is $50,000. One second-prize winner is awarded $30,000, and eight additional winners are awarded $15,000 each.

Small business grants for women

32. Cartier Women’s Initiative

This international competition identifies and supports women entrepreneurs and women-led startups in various industries, including e-commerce, technology, environment, consumer goods, agriculture and finance. The grant consists of a $100,000 first prize and a $30,000 second prize.

33. Tory Burch Fellows Program

The Fellows Program from the Tory Burch Foundation provides ongoing support for women entrepreneurs over the course of a year. It includes networking, workshops and peer-to-peer mentoring, as well as a $5,000 grant to advance your business education. It culminates in an industry pitch day with the opportunity to receive additional grant money or investment in your business idea.

34. The Girlboss Foundation Grant

The Girlboss Foundation awards biannual grants to women-identifying entrepreneurs to help develop businesses in the fields of music, design, fashion and the arts. Each recipient receives $15,000 in funding, as well as press exposure and community networking opportunities.

35. WomensNet Amber Grants

WomensNet awards monthly micro-grants of $2,000 each to women-led small businesses and women entrepreneurs. At the end of each year, one of the 12 annual winners is selected to receive an additional $25,000 grant.

Small business grants for veterans

36. StreetShares Foundation Business Awards

Veterans or veterans’ spouses who want to create or expand a small business can apply for up to $15,000 in grant money from the StreetShares Foundation. Applications are judged by the social impact a business will have on the military community, the business idea, the team and company history, product-market fit, and how the award will be used.

37. Warrior Rising

Founded by veterans, Warrior Rising provides grants to veterans and their immediate families to help them create sustainable businesses and hire fellow veterans. Businesses at all different stages can apply, and grants can be used to cover initial startup costs such as tools, equipment, licensing and marketing.

Additional reporting by Nicole Fallon.

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3 Awesome Leadership Podcasts

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Every day more than 150 million people commute from their homes to their offices. Each day, on average, those people spend around 26.9 minutes going to and fro, in what I like to call the “in-between.”

We’re neither here nor there; we’re on our way from one point to another, usually sitting in traffic, reading email on a train or bus, or simply zoning out in the back of a shared carpool.

In my opinion, this in-between time offers the perfect opportunity to brush up on your leadership skills, take on a fresh perspective, and really dig deep into the things that matter the most to you in business. The best way to do that is to find some great podcasts to listen to as you shuttle from one place to another.

Podcasts are booming

You have probably overheard all of your coworkers and friends talking about podcasts lately. That’s because podcasts have seen a significant uptick in popularity in the last few years. 

Podcasts are easily consumable when you are on the go. Whether you have 15 minutes or an hour-and-a-half, you can find a podcast that will meet your needs, feed your interests or teach you something new.

Podcasts also fit comfortably into our busy daily lives. On your way to pick up the kids after work? Listen to part of a podcast. Waiting for your train from the city? Dive into that article you couldn’t read by listening to the interviews on a podcast. Anytime you want to make the most of that in-between space, you can just plug in a pair of headphones or connect your smartphone to your car and take advantage of any sort of downtime you might have. You can choose an educational podcast, something light and funny, a dark mystery, or something that lifts your spirits. It all depends on how you want to spend your time.

Podcasts have also begun to help build communities of people who share similar passions and interests. In an increasingly separated, divided, and fractioned world, finding a connection with someone who listens to the same podcasts you do is a welcome breath of fresh air. As a result of an increasingly engaged and enthused fan base, a podcast becomes better and more targeted and offers more engaging content. A podcast then becomes a beneficial feedback loop and in turn engages more people and builds a bigger community.

Podcasts are also very personal. Many people listen to them in what I refer to as public-private spaces — in their cars, on trains, on flights, as they are waiting in lines at the grocery store, etc. They plug in headphones and experience the podcasts in a personal way while still interacting with and paying attention to the outside world. The experience of being present both in the story being told in a podcast and the events happening around you in the outside world can really affect the way you take in the lessons, stories, and anecdotes from a podcast. This makes podcasts an incredibly powerful tool to improve your business and leadership skills, and it’s why I recommend the following podcasts to help you level up.

The three best leadership podcasts to help you up your game

Because podcasts have become so popular, it can be challenging to wade through them to find the right one for you. I listen to a lot of great content, but these are a few of my favorite podcasts.

I am specifically drawn to hearing leaders talk firsthand about the things they have learned and how they have applied those lessons. I go for podcasts that feature guests from a wide variety of backgrounds, and I listen to a lot of podcasts with strong hosts who aren’t afraid to ask direct questions.

A few of my favorites are below.

Recode/Decode with Kara Swisher

Swisher is a long-time technology business journalist who has interviewed everyone from Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg to Elon Musk and Sheryl Sandberg. She was formerly a writer with The Wall Street Journal and has an uncanny way of getting people to talk. Her conversations with some of the top leaders in the tech world have both unsettled companies and made them more robust.

Swisher has a straightforward, no-nonsense style that presses leaders to answer the hard questions that offer direct insight into their leadership style. You can take a lot of great information away by getting it straight from the horse’s mouth, especially if you work in the tech industry. Recode/Decode publishes a new podcast five days a week, and you can find it both on iTunes and online.

HBR Ideacast

I am a tremendous fan of the Harvard Business Review, or HBR. It often offers incredible insights, smart research, and insightful interviews with top business leaders all over the world. I’ve learned a lot from its podcasts, and it publishes them once a week.

If you’re looking for some fascinating insights into becoming a better leader, check out the following podcasts from their recent collection:

  • “A Theoretical Physicist (and Entrepreneur) on Why Companies Stop Innovating”
  • “How One CEO Creates Joy at Work”
  • “The Right Way to Solve Complex Business Problems”
  • “How Companies Can Tap Into Talent Clusters”

You can find the HBR Ideacast on both Stitcher and iTunes.

No Ego

This is an excellent podcast for those of us who strive to balance our leadership with our hearts and keep drama at bay. Cy Wakeman is an author and speaker who challenges leaders to find the right work-life balance and get rid of anything that is not serving you in your life and in your career. She has tips for how to mentor and promote the growth of your employees and sits down with some interesting guests, like Dr. Fred Luskin, who discusses the choices we make to be happy.

No Ego comes out once a week, and you can find it on Stitcher and iTunes.

Find what is right for you

When it comes to finding the best leadership podcasts, it all comes down to personal preference. Whatever you choose, make sure that it aligns with your interests and your passions, and you’ll be sure to find a great podcast to help boost your leadership skills going forward.

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3 Awesome Leadership Podcasts

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Every day more than 150 million people commute from their homes to their offices. Each day, on average, those people spend around 26.9 minutes going to and fro, in what I like to call the “in-between.”

We’re neither here nor there; we’re on our way from one point to another, usually sitting in traffic, reading email on a train or bus, or simply zoning out in the back of a shared carpool.

In my opinion, this in-between time offers the perfect opportunity to brush up on your leadership skills, take on a fresh perspective, and really dig deep into the things that matter the most to you in business. The best way to do that is to find some great podcasts to listen to as you shuttle from one place to another.

Podcasts are booming

You have probably overheard all of your coworkers and friends talking about podcasts lately. That’s because podcasts have seen a significant uptick in popularity in the last few years. 

Podcasts are easily consumable when you are on the go. Whether you have 15 minutes or an hour-and-a-half, you can find a podcast that will meet your needs, feed your interests or teach you something new.

Podcasts also fit comfortably into our busy daily lives. On your way to pick up the kids after work? Listen to part of a podcast. Waiting for your train from the city? Dive into that article you couldn’t read by listening to the interviews on a podcast. Anytime you want to make the most of that in-between space, you can just plug in a pair of headphones or connect your smartphone to your car and take advantage of any sort of downtime you might have. You can choose an educational podcast, something light and funny, a dark mystery, or something that lifts your spirits. It all depends on how you want to spend your time.

Podcasts have also begun to help build communities of people who share similar passions and interests. In an increasingly separated, divided, and fractioned world, finding a connection with someone who listens to the same podcasts you do is a welcome breath of fresh air. As a result of an increasingly engaged and enthused fan base, a podcast becomes better and more targeted and offers more engaging content. A podcast then becomes a beneficial feedback loop and in turn engages more people and builds a bigger community.

Podcasts are also very personal. Many people listen to them in what I refer to as public-private spaces — in their cars, on trains, on flights, as they are waiting in lines at the grocery store, etc. They plug in headphones and experience the podcasts in a personal way while still interacting with and paying attention to the outside world. The experience of being present both in the story being told in a podcast and the events happening around you in the outside world can really affect the way you take in the lessons, stories, and anecdotes from a podcast. This makes podcasts an incredibly powerful tool to improve your business and leadership skills, and it’s why I recommend the following podcasts to help you level up.

The three best leadership podcasts to help you up your game

Because podcasts have become so popular, it can be challenging to wade through them to find the right one for you. I listen to a lot of great content, but these are a few of my favorite podcasts.

I am specifically drawn to hearing leaders talk firsthand about the things they have learned and how they have applied those lessons. I go for podcasts that feature guests from a wide variety of backgrounds, and I listen to a lot of podcasts with strong hosts who aren’t afraid to ask direct questions.

A few of my favorites are below.

Recode/Decode with Kara Swisher

Swisher is a long-time technology business journalist who has interviewed everyone from Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg to Elon Musk and Sheryl Sandberg. She was formerly a writer with The Wall Street Journal and has an uncanny way of getting people to talk. Her conversations with some of the top leaders in the tech world have both unsettled companies and made them more robust.

Swisher has a straightforward, no-nonsense style that presses leaders to answer the hard questions that offer direct insight into their leadership style. You can take a lot of great information away by getting it straight from the horse’s mouth, especially if you work in the tech industry. Recode/Decode publishes a new podcast five days a week, and you can find it both on iTunes and online.

HBR Ideacast

I am a tremendous fan of the Harvard Business Review, or HBR. It often offers incredible insights, smart research, and insightful interviews with top business leaders all over the world. I’ve learned a lot from its podcasts, and it publishes them once a week.

If you’re looking for some fascinating insights into becoming a better leader, check out the following podcasts from their recent collection:

  • “A Theoretical Physicist (and Entrepreneur) on Why Companies Stop Innovating”
  • “How One CEO Creates Joy at Work”
  • “The Right Way to Solve Complex Business Problems”
  • “How Companies Can Tap Into Talent Clusters”

You can find the HBR Ideacast on both Stitcher and iTunes.

No Ego

This is an excellent podcast for those of us who strive to balance our leadership with our hearts and keep drama at bay. Cy Wakeman is an author and speaker who challenges leaders to find the right work-life balance and get rid of anything that is not serving you in your life and in your career. She has tips for how to mentor and promote the growth of your employees and sits down with some interesting guests, like Dr. Fred Luskin, who discusses the choices we make to be happy.

No Ego comes out once a week, and you can find it on Stitcher and iTunes.

Find what is right for you

When it comes to finding the best leadership podcasts, it all comes down to personal preference. Whatever you choose, make sure that it aligns with your interests and your passions, and you’ll be sure to find a great podcast to help boost your leadership skills going forward.

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What Type of Entrepreneur Are You?

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Entrepreneurs are probably the most misunderstood type of person in business.

There are so many misconceptions, stereotypes and blatantly wrong factual information floating around that its no wonder all entrepreneurs get slapped with a bad reputation label. The discrimination runs deep but thanks to a swift and positive upswing in the dominant demographical markets, these ideals are rapidly changing for the better.

We’re not all bohemian, airy-fairy, dream-chasers, who will likely crash and burn. If that’s what you believe, I’m here to tell you that you’ve got it all wrong. Until recently, everyone from financial lenders to the tax man treated the entrepreneur with an underlying tone of distrust or at least with caution tape.

All hail the Boomers and Millennials for infiltrating the entrepreneurial world with gusto. These demographic markets are not only the dominating force in society at the moment (dictating the sway of masses), they’re also embracing the need to create and build their own future, forge their own path, and the cherry on top is their seemingly innate ability to do so. As if they were born for this moment in history. As Amazon gobbles up retail and corporate America, the “new kids in town” aren’t hesitating to reinvent the wheel.

What to expect

  • Debunking Entrepreneurship Myths: Here we will debunk the stigmas and taboos surrounding entrepreneurialism that have society at large believe the self-employed are crazy risk-takers with no sense of direction or real purpose.
  • Substitute Risk with Truth: Find out what it means to be an entrepreneur and what it takes to be successful. It’s not about chasing a whimsical idea. It can be a sound, solid, executable and fulfilling opportunity to live your truth, instead of someone else’s.
  • Bring Your Gifts to the Table: Being an entrepreneur isn’t only for the hard-core risk-takers or risk-seekers who live for the thrill of the experience. Nor, is it only for the selectively gifted, as we all have the capability to bring our unique gifts to the entrepreneurial table. 
  • Twist, Tweak and Twerk It: Although each personality type is but a summarized version of the four main entrepreneur personality types, you’ll be able to visualize yourself fitting into one (or more) of these descriptions to some degree. No doubt, as a unique individual, you’ll have your own twist, quirks and tweaks to throw in there, but at least you’ll walk away with a basic structural idea of the type of entrepreneur you are or want to be.

The world of entrepreneurialism can be a peculiar scene for a nine-to-fiver to experience. It takes certain types of people, or more specifically, personality types, to truly thrive in the freedom (and uncertainty) that comes along with living the entrepreneur’s lifestyle.

Lack of stability and the ability to consistently derive comfort from living in the known versus the unknown is what separates the entrepreneur from those who prefer to hold a job or build a career. There’s nothing wrong with the latter. It’s simply a matter of preference. The question is; what is the driving force behind the preference?

The dictionary definition of the noun entrepreneur is explained as such: “A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.”

While this definition does describe one facet, there’s a whole lot more to embracing the role of the entrepreneur than just financial risk. An entrepreneur is willing to create an entire life built around “risk-taking.” The more proper terminology to define the perspective through which an entrepreneur builds their universe is the utilization of the power of choice, guided by complete confidence in gut instinct.

If that last phrase fills you with a zing of exhilaration at the thought of such freedom of expression, you’re about to find out what makes you tick.

Keep in mind, entrepreneurialism isn’t a haphazard, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants operation. Individuality plays a big role in varying degrees, shades and styles to the approach. You might have your own spin to add to it, but there are four main categories most entrepreneurs fall into – which one are you?

Pioneer/trailblazer

The inventors, aka “first to market,” are always a step ahead of the competition. The Pioneers and Trailblazers play and work hard to forge their own path. They wouldn’t be caught dead rehashing someone else’s dream. Originality is at the seat of all they seek to achieve and accomplish. Leaving their mark on the world is of the utmost importance but in a humanitarian-oriented fashion (sans-ego). The goal is to better mankind with their work.

Gentle, supportive leader 

Not necessarily any less achievement-driven than the first personality type, the Gentle, Supportive Leader simply uses a different strategy to get the job done. Unlike the solo-flyer pioneering trailblazer, this type is keen on maintaining the art of interdependence as the centrifugal force. That said, don’t mistake this type for being a push-over or lacking a handle on things. This personality type are masters of delegation and team-building. They know precisely who fits where and why.

Practical foundation-builder

Grounded in practicality in all they do, this personality type lays a foundation, brick by brick, ensuring a solid footing upon which to build their massive empires. Similar to a blueprint or master layout that an architect utilizes to envision, plan, and construct their architectural design, the Practical Foundation-Builder is the architect on the entrepreneurial spectrum. They understand it takes hard work and often a long haul to achieve the desired results. Regardless, they’re willing to remain diligent to the cause, no matter what it takes, or how long. Patience and endurance are their underlying superpowers.

Creative visionary

Instead of step-by-step or brick-by-brick, the Creative Visionary carries an ability to view the entire picture, all at once. Captured as a photographic puzzle, where each piece is viewed as a part of the whole picture. These creative types, with their visionary talents, allow them to hold an image in their range of perspective which is exactly how they bring their dreams to fruition. Collecting the puzzle pieces and placing them into their proper home within the bigger picture. They are fully aware of the vital importance of each piece separately and none are treated as lesser or more than another. This can also mean envisioning people, places and things as those puzzle pieces, as well.

Even though I have more than two decades of experience swimming in the ocean of possibilities that come with being an entrepreneur, I don’t expect you as the reader, to take what I’ve said as verbatim. For you see, that’s the whole point of the entrepreneur. We are individuality and uniqueness, personified. Like snowflakes, no two of us are alike.

 

 

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