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Help Gourmet Kernel grow by voting online by Nov. 15

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Judy Reyes

Gourmet Kernel, a local retail gourmet popcorn store, has applied for a $250,000 grant from Chase as part of a newly launched program, Mission Main StreetSM Grants.

Gourmet Kernel must submit a questionnaire outlining a business plan that will result in growth of the business and receive at least 250 votes to be eligible for a grant.

Full eligibility requirements are available in the Program Rules Customers, fans and community members can show support for "Gourmet Kernel" by voting at using Facebook Connect.

The voting deadline is November 15, 2013 and grant recipients will be selected by expert panelists.

"Gourmet Kernel is striving to grow and expand by working with and supporting area businesses, continuing community support through our "Taste of Business" program for high school and college students, assisting with fund raisers, and donating gourmet popcorn to kids through the YWCA and other organizations. Receiving this grant would be an unbelievable opportunity to ensure the work of this business continues in Algonquin and support to groups in the Northwest suburbs," said owner Judy Reyes.

Through Mission Main Street Grants, Chase will award $3 million to small business across America. All businesses that apply for a grant and meet the eligibility requirements will receive a special advertising offer from Premier Sponsor, Google. In addition, the 12 grant recipients will be eligible to receive a trip to Google for an exclusive small business marketing workshop with Google experts and a Google Chromebook Pixel laptop.

The 12 grant recipients will be announced in January 2014.

Consumers can show support by voting for Gourmet Kernel at using Facebook Connect before the voting deadline on November 15, 2013. For additional details about Mission Main Street Grants visit

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