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Social Savvy Geek is on a Mission: the “Mission: Small Business” Grant Program to Be Exact

Chase and LivingSocial’s “Mission: Small Business” Grant Program Started on May 7th and Ends June 3oth

Social Savvy Geek competes for Mission Small Business GrantSocial Savvy Geek is fashionably late to the party! We only found out about the grant program this past Friday, but we are not going to let that stop us from jumping in. We are super-excited to be participating and feel like this program is calling to us, “This is for you!” it says. The catch is, that since we started late in the game, we have to come up from behind for the win! We have until Saturday to earn a minimum of 250 votes for Social Savvy Geek at Go. Vote NOW! (We’ll still be here when you get back…)

Here’s the scoop:

Chase and LivingSocial are running “Mission: Small BusinessSM,” a new grant program offering up to $3 million to small business owners nationwide (that’s us!). They have also garnered the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help announce the program and to drive small business engagement and participation. This program will award up to 12 individual grants of $250,000 to provide small businesses (us!) with capital and innovative marketing resources needed to make a positive impact on their business.

The grant program is open to small business owners who have been in business for at least two years (check) and have fewer than 100 employees (check). Each business will be required to answer questions about why their business is unique, outline a proposed plan for utilizing the grant to grow their business and describe how the business is involved with its community. We are in the process of writing our essays; we’ve nearly finished our rough drafts and are getting ready to move on to editing. We want to put our best foot forward, after all!

According to the press release from Chase and LivingSocial “The program aims to find innovative small business owners and provide them with the capital to help execute a business plan for growth.” We believe that we are exactly the type of business for which this program was developed! Now we just need to make sure that we get the prerequisite votes and that we present our case eloquently enough to convince the panel of judges of our merit. No pressure!

You can get involved

by clicking the “Support” button at and voting for Social Savvy Geek. Each business must receive at least 250 votes to be considered for a grant. Voting is only open through June 30, 2012.

Here’s How:

  • Go to
  • Click Log In & Support
  • Type Social Savvy Geek into the business name field
  • Click Search
  • Click Vote
  • Click Share Vote

Optionally, you may share the link to vote via Facebook and Twitter. If you haven’t already, it’s also a great time to swing by and LIKE our Facebook page.

Chase and LivingSocial expect to announce the grant recipients by September 15, 2012. In the meanwhile, we’ll keep you posted about our progress and take the opportunity to share more information that we’re including in our application. They want to know how we’re participating in our community and what we plan to do to ensure stability and long term growth. Those are excellent questions! We already know the answers (mostly), but realize that we haven’t shared as much of what we do behind the scenes as we probably should… we don’t do charity to be seen, but to do good, and typically try not to shift the focus to ourselves when the mission is to help others, but why can’t we do both?

Please vote for Social Savvy Geek and spread the word! Right now we are counting on you.

Comments? Questions? Suggestions? Want to tell us you voted? We are waiting to hear from you! Please leave us a comment.

LivingSocial and Chase present Mission Small Business Social Savvy Geek competes for grant

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Laura Pence Atencio

As Founder and CEO of Social Savvy Geek, LLC., Laura Pence Atencio is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and business owners meet and exceed their goals. She is committed to providing the most engaging and effective strategies in online marketing by combining traditional business networking and marketing fundamentals and best practices with current and engaging online marketing methods and tactics. Laura has worked with some of the top names in Internet Marketing and has consulted with entrepreneurs, businesses, and nonprofits in the US and abroad. She is the author of the popular article, 10 Tips to Build Your Twitter List Now, which has been published both online and in print in the US, Australia, and New Zealand. A lifetime student herself, Laura has achieved certification as a Computer Administrative Specialist at Beta Tech and has studied Art Education, History, Art History, and Criminal Justice at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is fascinated by learning, sharing and growing, not just in business, but in life. She participates in US Masters Swimming and has ranked in the top 25 nationally in her age group in both the 50 and 100-yard backstroke. She served in the VA Army National Guard as a Combat Engineer in the 229th Engineer Battalion. She never meets strangers, only friends not yet made– an attitude that serves her extremely well in the networking world, both online and off. She currently lives in Denver, CO with her husband, 3-year-old daughter, and German Shephard.

  • ShorelineFarmer says:

    voted for you. please return the favor and vote for Shoreline Farm Supply. Good luck.

    • Congratulations on meeting the requirement for grant consideration! I voted for you (#277) and also liked your Facebook page. A family-run, non-GMO farm – love it! 🙂

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