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Sears Announces Funding for Small Businesses

COLUMBUS—State Representative Barbara Sears (R-Sylvania) today announced the approval of a Thomas Edison Program grant to EISC, Inc. in Lucas County.

Specifically, the $20,000 grant will support the Memberships for Very Small Companies project. The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) at EISC will expand the Research Program by offering membership scholarships to small and start-up companies that may have trouble affording membership dues. The grant will provide the funding of four $5,000 memberships for small companies with technology orientations.

“This funding goes a long way toward helping businesses get off the ground,” Sears said. “Small businesses are key to the restoration of our economy, and we must do everything in our power to best prepare them for future and long-term success.”

Edison Industry Centers provides technology products and services that improve competitive advantage through maximizing efficiency, productivity and growth of companies within a well-defined industrial sector. They concentrate primarily on companies in either the market entry or growth-and-sustainability phases of the commercialization framework.