Businesses can learn about grants and branding in a special combination event Wednesday at Atlantic Cape Community College’s campus in Cape May Court House.

The seminar and subsequent panel discussion will be presented by the college, the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce and Stockton’s Small Business Development Center.

Grants and special funding give businesses opportunities for new programs and product development.

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The Grantastic Seminar will help businesses and nonprofit organizations understand the five stages of the grant and special-funding process, as well as provide tips and strategies for successful grant writing.

The seminar will be led by Esther James, senior grants manager at Atlantic Cape Community College, and Joe Molineaux, director of the Small Business Development Center.

James has 10 years of experience developing competitive grant proposals for submission to private foundations and government agencies.

Prior to joining the college in 2009, she worked for the American Farmland Trust, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network and Social Capital Partnerships.

Molineaux’s center provides no-cost counseling and training to entrepreneurs and business owners in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties.

The grants seminar’s registration/networking will include a continental breakfast and a question and answer session.

Shortly after the Grantastic Seminar, the college will host “Personal Branding: Using PR Tactics for Personal Success,” a public relations panel discussion.

Panelists will include Byron Hunter, human resources director, of Cape Regional Medical Center; P.J. Rebovich, social media specialist for Revel casino resort; Susan Schmidt, president of Suasion Communications Group; Mark Stansbury, communications director, Prudential Properties of New Jersey; and Chelsea Pizzi, social media specialist, Atlantic Cape Community College.

Light refreshments will accompany the panel discussions, and businesses are encouraged to bring questions for the panelists.

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