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BMO Helps U.S. Women Business Owners Grow the Good with 2022 BMO Celebrating Women Grant Program

CHICAGO, Sept. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – BMO Financial Group, in collaboration with Deloitte, today announced the continuation of its BMO…

By Girl Power News , in News , at October 26, 2022

CHICAGO, Sept. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – BMO Financial Group, in collaboration with Deloitte, today announced the continuation of its BMO Celebrating Women Grant Program, pledging $80,000 in grants to support the high-level growth plans of eight women-owned businesses across the United States.

Inspired by its Purpose, to Boldly Grow the Good in business and life, BMO is inviting women business owners to apply for one of the eight eligible grants by sharing their high-level business growth plans that satisfy one the following requirements: new products and services, expanding to new markets or hiring plans. Applicants must have a business with a physical or mailing location in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, or Wisconsin.

“We are thrilled to continue the BMO Celebrating Women Grant Program by offering more opportunities for more women-owned businesses to grow and succeed in their communities,” said Erminia (Ernie) Johannson, Group Head, North American Personal and Business Banking, BMO Financial Group. “Removing barriers to women’s financial progress is part of BMO’s ongoing Zero Barriers to Inclusion strategy. By increasing access to capital through lending, investing, giving and engagement in our communities, we are a catalyst for a thriving economy, sustainable future and inclusive society.”

“We’re proud to continue to work with BMO as they expand their U.S. support of women-led businesses,” said Kathy Scherer, Vice Chair and Chicago Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP. “Deloitte is committed to help increase social and economic mobility, including those facing the greatest barriers to equity and prosperity.”

Since announcing the annual BMO Celebrating Women Grant Program in 2020, BMO has:

In addition to the grants, BMO is offering a comprehensive package to all BMO Celebrating Women Grant recipients that includes an invitation to an education series focused on business growth, a one-year membership with one of the bank’s partner advisory boards, a profile on and other BMO social channels, as well as a BMO Celebrating Women Grant Recipient social badge.

Applications open October 3 and close October 31, 2022 during National Women’s Small Business Month. To assist with the grant recipient selection process, BMO is collaborating with strategic partners from this year’s advisory panel of judges.

To learn more about BMO Celebrating Women, visit and join the social conversation using #BMOforWomen.

Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider – the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $1.07 trillion as of July 31, 2022, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.

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