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The Ray Ward Creative Spirit Grant

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Francie Ward presents Jamie with her grant winner checkJanie York received a $1,000 Small Business Grant from Idea Cafe CEO Francie Ward in front of 450 people in Kearney, Nebraska.
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Francie Ward tells why entrepreneur small business owners come to idea cafeFrancie gives a brief description of Idea Cafe and why entrepreneurs (like you) come here.
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Idea Cafe's small business grant winner Janie York tells what her business doesJanie York, the winner of Idea Cafe's Ray Ward Creative Spirit Grant, describes what her business does and how she's using the grant money. (When viewing this, you'll notice that we do get beheaded a couple of times, but not to worry, our sense of humor stays intact!)
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Francie Ward talks about Idea Cafe grants and tells what Janie accomplishedIn this short video Francie tells more about Idea Cafe's grant program and reveals what Janie accomplished in the first few days and weeks after receiving this grant. This short video was shot at another creative small business, The Reading Grounds bookstore/event center in Omaha,
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To see Janie's $1,000.00 grant check from Idea Cafe and to find out more about her business, read more about Idea Cafe's Small Business Grant here.

"Here at Idea Cafe, we believe in helping deserving entrepreneurs who might need that one big break to start realizing their potential. That's why I created Idea Cafe's Small Business Grants Program." -- Francie Ward, Idea Cafe CEO

This grant, The Ray Ward Creative Spirit Grant, is dedicated to the memory of my late husband, Ray Ward, who was fearlessly creative. His motto was: "To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong."

Ray was a nationally known designer, acknowledged as the master artist of sports history. His work was commissioned by major league clubs, including the Boston Red Sox, New York Rangers, Chicago Bulls and San Francisco Giants, plus many others. Ray approached everything -- from his art to deck building to dancing -- with a unique way of seeing and inimitable style.

For this grant, in honor of Ray, your own creative approach will give you an edge.

To see some of Ray's work and how he did it, view

Grant Dollars: The grant amount is $1,000 to one winner.

Timing: Winner announced onsite January 2007.

For What Kind of Person or Business: This grant is open to anyone who currently owns a business or is planning to start one.

Qualifications: In order to access the application form, you must be a registered "Regular" member of Idea Cafe, and not previously have received a grant directly from Idea Cafe. (Our grants are not open to past or present Idea Cafe employees, their relatives or vendors.)

Where to Get More Info: You can see more details and apply online via the link below.

Idea Cafe Seasoning: If you win, we'd like to know how you would reach out to help someone else in some way. (You don't have to give financial help... a few big hugs would do just fine.) Let us know your idea(s) about this on the application.

Deadline: December 15, 2006

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