Business Services

The following services have been carried over from Unified Grant Solutions, which went out of business in October 2014.

Consulting & Public Speaking

The difference between consulting and public speaking is the method and audience size. The method of having a discussions in great detail with a few people at an office is consulting. The method of giving a speech with a generalized question and answer session in a auditorium with many people is public speaking. Both methods are best together as one works out the details with management and the other informs the staff of the changes. We are capable of serving both functions via the means below:

• In-person: At your office or another professional location.
• In-person: At a public location, such as a restaurant.
• Internet: A cost-effective and web-based means would be via Skype.

Our topics of consulting/public speaking include:
• Active Shooter Planning
• Fundraising (See the related section below.)
• Grant Writing (See the related section below.)
• Hazard Vulnerability Assessment
• Hazardous Material Planning
• Hazardous Weather (Wind storms are the number one weather hazard in Ohio.)
• Human Resource Management (See the related section below.)
• Mediation (See the related section below.)

Fundraising

Fundraising is all about event planning. The idea is taking what you and your volunteers know and turning it in to an event with as low of a cost as possible in hopes to not just recoup those costs, but make more than you had when you started. Not every fundraiser is easy, some can take a year to plan, while others can be planned and executed within a week. Fundraising requires creativity and a dedicated volunteer base. We can help you brainstorm, plan and execute an event from beginning to end. Below is some required information to help us assess the opportunities that may be available.

Required Information:
• Name of Organization (Legal)
• Point of Contact (Name, Job Title, E-mail & Telephone)
• Mission Statement
• How much money do you need to earn?
• How many volunteers do you have available?
• Do you have any options on where a fundraiser can be held? If yes, where?
• Do you have any contacts that may be able to increase fundraising awareness? If yes, whom?
• Do you have website? If yes, what is its URL?

Fundraiser has a lot to do with the amount of funds and volunteers already available. You may have heard the saying, “It takes money to make money.” The idea when fundraising is to make more than what is spent. Once we have an idea of how large the fundraiser can potentially be, based on available resources, we can plan to your strengths. Plus, a lot of fundraising opportunities require that an organization already have an employer and text identification number (EIN) before companies will assist in fundraising
activities.

Grant Writing

Finding grant money is easier for some than others. Most of the grants available are offered by government entities, while other grants are offered by foundations as part of a corporation or organization. We will help you by researching what is available to you and assist you in deciding what opportunities we should explore. Below is some required information to help us assess the opportunities that may be available.

Required Information:
• Name of Organization (Legal)
• IRS Tax Status (Gov’t, Dept., Private, NPC…)
• Employer Identification Number
• DUNS Number (Organizational Registry – Only available if filed a previous grant.)
• Is there a parent company, subsidiaries or multiple locations? If so, whom and where?
• Physical Address (Street, City, State & Zip Code)
• Project Director / Grant Administrator Contact (Name, E-mail & Telephone)
• Authorizing Official / Fiscal Agent Contact (Name, E-mail & Telephone)
• Mission Statement
• Small Business Classification (Minority or Women Owned)
• Do you know what you would like to accomplish?
• Who and how many will be served?

Once we have obtained this initial information, we will verify it with the Secretary of State’s office as well as the Central Contractor Agency Register (CCR). We will then do a preliminary search of the available opportunities, starting at the governmental level and then contact you with our findings. At this time, we are unable to assist with writing grant requests for emergency services to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Human Resource Management

Sometimes small businesses do not have the available resources to conduct their own employment and termination practices. If you are hiring, once we have the job description and requirements from your business, we will begin the process of listing your open position via the methods that you decide and start interviewing prospective employees. Those interviewees who best meet the requirements will be passed back to you for the final hiring decision. If you seek to terminate employment, provide us the legally backed reason for termination and the employee so that we shall proceed. Do you have other issues with employees that cannot be rectified in-house? Ask us for a consultation.

Mediation

Dispute resolution is the best way to avoid forced arbitration or an expensive trial. While businesses most commonly partake in mediation, they are also used to resolve personal disputes and to work out terms towards building a binding contract that all parties can agree upon. In a neutral location or via electronic means, we can assist both parties in reaching a conclusion of mutual agreement.

Meetings

We understand that not everyone has an office where they can hold meetings, let alone have a budget for travel. There are a few ways where we can meet to discuss the matters at hand. Keep in mind that any in-person, non-paid, meetings need to occur within Lorain County, Ohio and its surrounding counties.

• In-person: At your office or another professional location.
• In-person: At a public location, such as a restaurant.
• Internet: A cost-effective and web-based means would be via Skype.

Payments

The nature of how we are paid depends upon the nature of the project. Fundraising efforts typically have a hourly rate. Grant writing typically starts with a retainer, then an hourly rate for writing the grant, plus an amount equal to a percentage of the grant if it is awarded. Consulting is usually tied into the payment structures of either fundraising or grant writing. For the cases where consulting stands alone, a hourly rate is assessed.

The moment the contract is signed is the moment where charges can begin to accrue. Prior to the contract being signed, the first meeting that we have with you is at no cost. That meeting is where we meet with you to discuss the options and plan a course of action. We will then contact you with what we have researched and if you like what you have heard or seen and wish to proceed, we can then discuss the contract. For hourly work, it is after this point that we begin to log our work time so that you may see that we are not spending your money unwisely.

Work Log Download (PDF)

Disclaimer: General

We cannot guarantee a 100 percent success rate in raising funds, be it through events or grants, it is just impossible. The ultimate decision on who gets awarded a grant is not our own, nor do we control how successful an event may be. But, we do promise to try our best at the least cost to both you and ourselves. Our prices are highly competitive and we are very efficient.

Disclaimer: Grants

The federal government does NOT provide grants for starting and expanding a business.  Government grants are funded by your tax dollars and therefore require very stringent compliance and reporting measures to ensure the money is well spent. As you can imagine, grants are not given away indiscriminately.

Grants from the federal government are only available to non-commercial organizations, such as non-profits and educational institutions in areas such as, medicine, education, scientific research and technology development. The federal government also provides grants to state and local governments to assist them with economic development.

Some business grants are available through state and local programs, non-profit organizations and other groups. For example, some states provide grants for expanding child care centers; creating energy efficient technology; and developing marketing campaigns for tourism. These grants are not necessarily free money, and usually require the recipient to match funds or combine the grant with other forms of financing such as a loan. The amount of the grant money available varies with each business and each grantor.

If you are not one of these specialized businesses, both federal and state government agencies provide financial assistance programs that helps small business owners obtain low-interest loans and venture capital financing from commercial lenders.

Source: U.S. Small Business Association

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