Youth Guide

Next steps and resources for young entrepreneurs

So you want to be a starter?

You’re in the right place! Here’s a collection of the best resources we’ve found to help young entrepreneurs get off the ground.

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An engaging elective course and alumni program that prepares students from fragile communities for success in the workplace and in life


A foundation that works with partners to establish programs which give youth opportunities to become inventors


1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis. The portal will open for applications again on May 4, June 1, July 6, and August 3.


A website filled with tools and resources for young entrepreneurs including resume building and skill development activities


A podcast series featuring never told stories of entrepreneurs—the first episode focuses on four key items needed to help businesses survive this season and be prepared to thrive in the next season.


A coalition of global companies you already rely on, uniting to help your small business with the resources you need to pull through the Covid-19 crisis.


A site that helps an aspiring entrepreneur to plan his/her business, launch it, manage it, and grow it - with step by step guidelines.


Financial assistance and resources for restuarants hit by the COVID-19 crisis.


Digital download or shipped to your door, reopening and social distancing signs from an award-winning design agency.


Department of Homeland Security guidelines for preparing a buisness for crisis situations.


The PBA COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide $500 to licensed beauty professionals who are unable to work due to COVID-19. The funding, if awarded to you, is intended to be emergency aid for short-term immediate needs such as food and bills.


The Center offers a wide range of tools and services to help communities and regions develop a customized strategy for youth and young adult engagement:


Main Street America is compiling existing resources, opportunities, and community response examples to help Main Street districts during this crisis. They are updating the list frequently.


Grants to support small businesses and enterprises affected by COVID-10 in the US, especially those in underserved communities, including entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses.


A platform that explains seemingly complex business concepts with a young audience in mind


The Innovation Collaborative provides information about how effective integration of the arts, sciences, humanities, engineering, math and technology can [...]


IFundWomen is a crowdfunding platform for women-led startups and small businesses. Apply for grants for women entrepreneurs from the IFundWomen team and from our corporate partners.


A video outlining how a bipartisan group of experts in every field have agreed on a plan for #HowWeReopen.


Resources for reopening the economy safely, including IEDC research, insight into industries reopening, and resources from state and municipal government, public institutions, and private firms.


A map of local restaurants across the country in need. Buy a giftcard from your favorite through this online platform.


GrowthLab provides content and resources for entrepreneurs who want to start or grow online businesses.


Apply for a business development grant from the NASE worth up to $4,000. Applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year and awarded monthly throughout 2020.


Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs.


Before launching in-person experiences again, event creators are considering health and safety risks for their event. This is a resource for you when determining what risks are present and how to address them.


A repository for entrepreneurial ecosystem builders to post resources to support entrepreneurs (and small businesses) that are specific to the COVID-19 crisis.


The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).


A searchable website to help any entrepreneur in the world, for-profit or nonprofit, struggling due to the economic impacts of COVID19, to locate cash relief resources in their community.


A video series developed by EntreEd in collaboration with ARC-funded ESTEAM grant partners to address needs for businesses throughout rural Appalachia. Topics include going online, creative marketing, and remote work.


A resource matrix organizing funding opportunities identified in the CARES Act and other federal resources that can help support rural America. Categorized by customer and assistance type.


Yelp announced a $25 million relief program aimed to serve small, independently-owned restaurants and bars.


The circumstances surrounding COVID-19 are having significant impact on small businesses and startups in our community. If you are a business owner looking for support during this time, please see below for resources available.


A community of public, private, and civic leaders and valiant citizens of Chattanooga are collaborating on ways we can serve one another during COVID-19.


Apply for grants up to $50,000 to support business growth, including $10,000 emergency COVID-19 Business for All Grants to help small businesses in crisis.


Apply for grants up to $50,000 to support business growth, including $10,000 emergency COVID-19 Business for All Grants to help small businesses in crisis.


The Biz Ops Game™ is a business simulation board game that teaches business operations in an experiential and fun way.


Babson Global works with educational institutions to design curricula and educational tools that focus on youth entrepreneurship.


To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.


Webconference tool that has “tables” where people can connect similar to a conference lobby.


An event for local thinkers and starters to come together and share ideas over coffee and conversation


A full package of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter social media graphics for anyone that wants to help out small businesses during this challenging time. Use #SmallBizStrong when you share.


This website has resources, inspiration and connection to other everyday entrepreneurs with creative solutions to keep their business open, even if their doors are closed due to COVID-19.

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