July 31st, 2012

Leadership Grants - I may have just encountered a scam...

Well, I certainly feel like my time was wasted.  Other than that, I don’t know if I just encountered a scam or not.  I really have no idea – I know that some of what I saw raised red flags, and I can document my experience in this situation.  But, I honestly can’t tell you if this was a scam, or something else.

At the beginning of June, I decided to seek some additional funding to help expand Legacy Books Press.  Hoping to come across a grant that would allow me to gain some additional funding debt-free, I discovered Leadership Grants of Canada, which claimed to provide funding for the expansion and creation of small businesses.

At the time, I will admit, I did not do the research I should have.  I was just happy to find something that looked like it was a legitimate government business grant organization.  So, I applied for a grant.  Upon the receipt of my initial application, I was directed to log into the website and fill out a business plan template.  I was also referred by Shelley Barnes, the representative of the Leadership Grants organization, to another organization called Insights Marketing and Communication – Ms. Barnes had a representative there, Arlene Anderson, contact me by email offering a free consultation.  It may or may not be notable that at no point did I actually request any consultation or referral.
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