Uber and Visa Announce Grants For Growth Program, Providing $1 Million in Grants and Resources to Support Small Businesses

Uber and Visa Announce Grants For Growth

Uber and Visa today announced Grants for Growth, a program that will provide $1 million in grant funding to small businesses in 10 U.S. cities that are currently active on Uber Eats. The program will be administered by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). Focused on restaurant recovery and entrepreneurship, the program was created to support merchants when they need it most.

“We know that this year has been trying for many and that independently-owned businesses continue to face significant business challenges. From natural disasters to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Uber and Visa are committed to supporting SMBs, especially through unexpected events, when they may need us most,” said Sarfraz Maredia, VP of US and Canada Delivery at Uber.

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Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum Announces the Launch of the Ruby Anniversary Edition, Commemorating Master Blender Joy Spence’s Four Decades at the Distillery

The Ruby Anniversary Edition is a Luxurious Blend of 5 Exceptionally Rare Jamaica Rums Honoring Master Blender Spence’s 40 Years at Appleton Estate

Appleton Estate, a global leader in premium aged rums, is proud to announce the launch of Ruby Anniversary Edition, a limited-edition release celebrating Master Blender Joy Spence’s 40 years of craftsmanship with the distillery. 

Ruby Anniversary  Edition is an exclusive release unlike any before it in the brand’s 270-year history: it is a blend of 5 exceptionally rare Jamaica rums, aged for a minimum of 35 tropical years, and including rums as old as 45 years, resulting in a complex sipping rum like no other. With only 500 bottles available, this offer is a luxurious gem for rum lovers, a commemorative release for the first female Master Blender in the spirits industry, and a taste of decades of craftsmanship and dedication.

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Smithfield Foods Expands Scholarship Program to Include New Colleges and Universities Ahead of 2022-2023 School Year

Smithfield welcomes two new HBCUs, South Dakota’s largest state schools to its four-year scholarship program serving employee dependents.

 Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to welcome South Dakota State University (SDSU), the University of South Dakota (USD), Hampton University (HU) and Virginia State University (VSU) to its Smithfield Foods Scholarship Program.

The company’s scholarship program provides eligible dependents of full-time and retired Smithfield employees with up to $7,500 a year in educational scholarships to participating colleges and universities for four years. The need-based program has awarded over 1,300 scholarships totaling $7.6 million since 2002, more than half of which the company has contributed since 2017.

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Former Pro Football Player-Turned-Celebrity-Chef Eddie Jackson Partners with Sweet Earth Foods to Launch Veganuary Swap Sweepstakes & Recipes

Partnership Providing Flavorful Plant-Based Upgrades for Game Day & Beyond to Help Consumers Enjoy Eating Less Meat

Vegetarian and vegan foods innovator Sweet Earth Foods, announced a partnership with former pro football player-turned-celebrity-chef Eddie Jackson to debut a Veganuary Swap Sweepstakes and new collection of meatless game day recipes. As people look to incorporate more plant-based proteins in their diets, Sweet Earth and Chef Eddie Jackson are offering something for everyone at the table – especially as game day tailgating events challenge people’s New Year’s resolutions.

The new recipes by Eddie Jackson elevate classic game day favorites with a meatless twist, featuring the Sweet Earth® Plant-Based Chik’n product line, and culinary, flavor-forward ingredients that appeal to meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans alike.  Sweet Earth Plant-Based Chik’n products are ready-to-eat vegan options that are a good source of protein (13-18 grams) and provide needed potassium and iron.

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Yolélé, the Revolutionary African Food Brand, Secures $1.98M in Funding

USAID / Prosper Africa award co-investment grant to Yolélé and Mali Shi SA, boosting fonio export from Mali and creating 13,700 jobs

The ancient grain fonio has been grown as a subsistence crop in West Africa for over 5000 years. A new venture in Mali called West African Ancient Grains (WAAG) plans to turn fonio into a cash crop to provide a source of income for farmers in the Sahel region, one of the world’s most vulnerable areas.

WAAG is an agro-processing operation being built by two companies:  Yolélé, Chef Pierre Thiam’s US-based West African food brand, and Mali Shi SA, Mali’s leading shea butter manufacturer with a network of over 23,000 West African smallholder farmers, most of them women. The co-investment grant of $1.98 million is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAIDWest Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub) through Prosper Africa.

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