Job Creators Quest Grant Providing $100K to Small Businesses

There are only a few more days left to apply for a Job Creators Quest Grant in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Job Creators Quest Grant Providing $100K to Small Businesses

A total of $100,000 in grant funding is to be shared amongst 30 small businesses via cash awards ranging between $1,500 and $10,000. Grant recipients will also receive a full tuition scholarship to a Founders First accelerator program which will help them increase their revenues and drive profitable growth.

Eligibility Criteria for Job Creators Quest Grants

Eligible businesses for this round of grants must be located in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. They must have a current staff of between two and 20 people, and should also be aiming to hire one, two or even more new employees for new premium wage jobs within the next 12 months.

Applicants must also represent a for-profit business founded by an entrepreneur from an underserved community including people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ and military veterans. Also eligible are businesses located in a low-to-moderate income area.

The final criteria is that eligible companies must have an annual revenue between $100,000 and $3 million and make their revenue off a service-based business model, meaning at least one revenue stream serving other businesses.

The deadline to apply is 5 pm (Eastern) on Monday, June 13, 2022.

Founders First Grant Process

A statement on the Founders First website explains the grant award process: “Founders First is committed to increasing the number of diverse founder-led businesses

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Everyone Wants to Work for Big, Boring Companies Again

(Bloomberg Opinion | Conor Sen) — After the 2008 recession, large, established corporate employers fell out of fashion. Their fusty cultures were behind the times, and they seemed stuck in a cycle of perpetual layoffs and restructurings. Tech startups were the place to be for new generations of workers. Their foosball tables, bean-bag chairs and modern values ​​catered to youthful sensibilities and priorities.

In 2022, the pendulum is swinging back as the overall job market remains strong, but the outlook for startups becomes shakier. There’s never been a better time to go work for a big company.

If your career revolves around the startup scene, it’s understandable that you might be pessimistic about the state of the economy. After a decade-long boom, most tech-related startups that went public in the past two years now have stocks trading below their listing price. Silicon Valley investors expect this to hurt the ability of startups — particularly unprofitable ones — to raise cash, so they are telling companies to prepare for a downturn. There were more than 15,000 tech layoffs announced in May.

We’re not seeing the same weakness in the broader labor market; it’s actually hard to see any signs of weakness at all. The US economy added 390,000 jobs in May, buoyed by strength in industrial sectors, white collar jobs and an improvement in government hiring. The retail industry shed 60,000 jobs, perhaps due to some of the well-publicized inventory issues

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Ian Siegel, CEO of ZipRecruiter, on the radical job market shift: ‘The future of work is now’

During the COVID-19 pandemic, CEO Ian Siegel of ZipRecruiter witnessed incredible shifts in the American employment market, both for employers and for job seekers.

In a recent interview with FOX Business, Siegel, who founded the employment marketplace, opened up about remote work, his best advice for job hunters, the recruiting landscape and the overall labor market as the US economy sees solid job growth in 2022.

Employers added 390,000 jobs in May, with openings of roughly 11.4 million jobs at the close of April.

“To put that in perspective, pre-pandemic, we thought we had a hot job market where we had 7 million open jobs,” Siegel said in reference to the April report.


“Whether it be [the impact of] inflation or whether it be interest rates or the war in Ukraine and how it affects gasoline prices, the jury is out.”

He added, “All I can speak to is what’s actually happening — and what’s actually happening so far is we’re still seeing historic, robust demand from employers for new talent.”

Ian Siegel

Ian Siegel, CEO of ZipRecruiter, says “remote work” is the most searched term on his website in 2022. With record-setting job gains in America, ZipRecruiter offers modern algorithmic matching for job seekers and employers. (ZipRecruiter)

Here are highlights from a recent FOX Business interview with Siegel, whose company is based

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