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Merchant Maverick Opportunity Grants

Application Deadline: 01/20/2022

Merchant Maverick, we aim to make small businesses easy by providing comprehensive, unbiased reviews of the software and services you need to make your business succeed. Each review on our site represents hours of research, fact-checking, and testing by our writers and experts. But we don’t draw the line at simply educating readers. We’re also here to help you finance your small business dreams.

If you’re looking for information about Merchant Maverick grants or want to apply for one of our Opportunity Grants, you’ve come to the right place.

The Merchant Maverick is seeking applications for its Opportunity Grants Program to make small business easy by providing comprehensive, unbiased reviews of the software and services you need to make your business succeed.


To be eligible, your food service business must be for-profit and 51% owned by an American citizen who is also of AAPI descent. The business must also sell food directly to customers from a physical location. The following businesses are automatically eligible:
• Full-service restaurants
• Quick-service restaurants & fast food establishments
• Food trucks
• Food carts
• Mall kiosks that sell food
• Market stalls
• Grocery stores
• Butcher shops
• Fishmongers
• Bakeries
• Cafes
• Bars or wineries that also sell food
The following businesses are ineligible for the grant this year:
• Bars or wineries that do not sell food
• Mail-order food companies
• Food packaging businesses
• Food manufacturers & distributors
• Wholesalers

Application Procedure

In addition to complying with all federal, state, and local laws regarding the use of the funds, each Merchant Maverick Opportunity Grant recipient will have one additional requirement: Meet with a writer on a regular basis to share their business journey. With scheduled interviews throughout the year, Merchant Maverick would like to take readers inside the stories of real small business owners and their experiences  — trials and triumphs, seasonal challenges, observations and insights, industry-related issues, and more.

Grant recipients will be required to meet with a writer a minimum of six times (start and end of the year and once a quarter) for an interview and agree to provide photographs of the business/business owner for use on the website.

Official Website: Merchant Maverick Opportunity Grants



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