Archive for the ‘ Grant Finalists’ Category

April Qualification Grant Finalists

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Je Suis Boutique
Je Suis Boutique
Paige Jones
http://www.je-suis-boutique.com/

Je Suis Boutique is an eCommerce platform founded by Paige Jones. Her boutique hosts an online shopping experience with a collection of unique start-up designers who are looking to get their foot in the industry.

Elu
Elu, LLC
Christina Marshall-Valdez
website

The Elu brand is for women who want their curves to cascade into styles that inspire confidence. Elu’s style shop at YourElu.com will soon offer gorgeous styles that can be made-to-measure to highlight everything beautiful about a womens body.

Pop Fizz
Pop Fizz Weddings
Elizabeth Means
website

Pop Fizz Weddings is a party planning company that Elizabeth started with her mother after planning her own wedding. Recently she has started developing the idea of “Pocket Weddings.” Pocket weddings are smaller, more streamlined, and more affordable than traditional weddings. By cutting out the traditional venue, seated dinner and winnowing down the guest list, her idea of Pocket Weddings can save clients tens of thousands of dollars.

FGSandCo
FGS&Co.
Pamela Baer
website

FGS&Co. was a founded by Pamela as a “gifting is giving” shopping platform where every individual shopper is a community contributor and every purchase makes a socially responsible impact.

The majority of the platform vendors are local or global artists that give back to the community, earn a fair living wage through their craftsmanship, and strive to make a difference through their product. On top of that at least 25% of proceeds from every purchase made through their site goes back to a worthy cause or charity.

Under The Sea Hawaii
Under the Sea LLC
Barbara Whitman Howell
website

Under the Sea is an all inclusive glass bottom boat tour in Hawaii for people of all ages and skill levels. Barbra’s team offers many different types of tours so that people can enjoy dolphins, whales, reefs and even sea turtles with their families despite their ability in the water or physical limitations.

Under the Sea also has their own to research program for bioluminescence, which has been proven to detect marine pollution and has driven huge advantages in medicine.

As always, thank you for reading! Remember we award a grant every month – if interested, here’s the link to apply!

Stay tuned: We will be announcing the winner very soon!

March Qualification Grant Finalists

Monday, April 4th, 2016

soleSavers
Sole Savers Inc.
Melodie Narain
website

Sole Savers is a rollable flat shoe company. They provide emergency flat shoes for women through their website and vending machines. The company has big plans to contribute to charities and work in different philanthropic avenues to keep with their mantra that “every sole has a soul.”

Elu
Elu, LLC
Christina Marshall-Valdez
website

The Elu brand is for women who want their curves to cascade into styles that inspire confidence. Elu’s style shop at YourElu.com will soon offer gorgeous styles that can be made-to-measure to highlight everything beautiful about a womens body.

AlumniFunds
Alumni Funds
Amber fox
website

Alumni Funds is an organization founded by a group of Drum Corps International Alumni. They created a platform for alumni to create custom performing arts scholarships. Alumni groups can be comprised of anyone they wish; and each group can customize the eligibility, criteria, and dollar amount of the scholarship they wish to create.

flyingchangeequine
Flying Change Equine Therapy
Lissa Corcoran
website

Flying Change Equine Therapy uses unforgettable interactive experiences with rescued and retired horses to foster emotional social, spiritual, and psychological growth in people. Flying Change provides equine assisted psychotherapy and Equine Assisted learning with children, adolescents and adults for emotional growth.

Lissa’s business provides clients with many opportunities to practice a healthy life skills in a physically and emotional safe environment, and the confident to take those skills back into their family and life.

equilibrium
Equilibrium Learning, LLC
Gina Clarke
website

Equilibrium is a learning software that creates individual learning profiles based on the natural skills and talents associated with the school subjects. They couple these learning profiles with Multiple Intelligences types (such as Verbal, Visual, Logical, Kinesthetic, etc.) to make the learning process as personalized as possible.

ExplorerChickAdventureCO
Explorer Chick Adventure Co.
Nicki Bruckmann
website

Explorer Chick Adventure Co is a travel company exclusively for women founded by Nicki Bruckmann. Her travel company plans to take women on epic adventures, in incredible parts of the world so women can live new experiences and discover new strengths while surrounded by a community of equally adventurous women.

Kettle Black TeaHouse
Kettle/Black Teahouse
Christina (Tina) Eilers & Lynn Halldorson
website

Kettle/Black Teahouse plans to be a modern, Asian-inspired teahouse located in the beautiful coastal town of Cannon Beach, Oregon. Once their Teahouse opens they plan to offer monthly evening tea tastings, and hope to partner with local businesses to sell their tea wholesale to them for use in coffee shops and restaurants.

As always, thank you for reading! Remember we award a grant every month – if interested, here’s the link to apply!

Stay tuned: We will be announcing the winner very soon!

February Qualification Grant Finalists

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Nido
Nido Durham, LLC
Tiffany Frye
website

Nido Durham is a quiet space for coworking and childcare combined for parents. While parents are in their own workspace, their children are a door away in a Montessori classroom doing their own creative work. Along with childcare, Nido is a community with events to support each others professional and parenting interests and just to get to know one another.

Brobe
Brobe International
Allison Schickel
website

The Brobe is a robe with a built in bra attached to it. The Brobe is a robe designed for breastfeeding mothers or women undergoing any breast surgery, such as mastectomy, reconstruction, breast augmentation, or reduction. The Brobe is fashionable yet functional and can be used in many different occasions throughout different stages in a woman’s life.

Spectrum Works
Spectrum Works
Ann Marie Sullivan
http://spectrumworks.org/

Spectrum Works is an innovative social enterprise employment model born out of the idea that individuals with autism deserve an opportunity to have a productive, fulfilling life. Their unique approach gives people with autism the opportunity to show society that they are capable of producing high quality goods and services.

Kheyti
Kheyti
Saumya
Website

Saumya’s company, Kheyti designs, adapts and implements low cost farming solutions to help growers increase yield and predictability of produce. Their goal is to offer small farmers a seamless path towards income increase.

Yellow Scope
Yellow Scope: Science Kits for Girls
Marcie Colledge
website

Yellow Scope was founded in 2014 by scientists and moms, Marcie Colledge and Kelly McCollum. Marcie and Kelly met in 2008 at their children’s elementary school as volunteers running the school’s STEM programs. After realizing how well they work together they decided to Yellow Scope was born. Yellow Scope’s goal is to make rigorous and creative science kits for girls.

Honorary Finalist

mmmorgans cupcakes
MmMorgan’s Custom Cakes and Desserts
Morgan Hodnett
website

MmMorgan’s Custom Cakes and Desserts was founded by a 14 year old girl as a way to share her passion for creating beautiful cakes with others. Her entrepreneurialism and passion for baking at such a young age is so impressive, that we couldn’t not add her to this list. Check out her facebook page to see some of her work!

As always, thank you for reading! Remember we award a grant every month – if interested, here’s the link to apply!

Stay tuned: We will be announcing the winner very soon!

January’s Qualification Grant Finalists

Friday, February 5th, 2016

girls at work
Girls At WORK, Inc.
Kathleen Hannabach
website

Girl at Work is a not-for-profit that provides girls with a safe and supportive environment to step out of their comfort zones and to build with other girls. Not only do they discover how capable they are, they also discover how exciting it is to work as part of a team toward a common goal.

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The Safe Baby Co.
Amber Kroeker

In 2013 Amber returned to her office with a heavy heart after reviewing the deaths of two babies who had died from an unsafe sleep environment which made her realize she needed to do something. So Amber started researching and came across a program in Finland which provides maternity packages to all women who give birth in that country. Before the program was implemented, Finland had the highest infant mortality rate in the world. They now enjoy the lowest, in part due to the maternity package. The special thing about this package is that the box doubles as a safe sleep space for babies.

The baby box Amber is trying to create is an environmentally friendly, recyclable, inexpensive and portable sleep space.

diane beam
Imaginary Universe
Diane Beam

The Imaginary Universe is A Science book and film on the subject of physics and modern cosmology and Diane’s experience working with UK scientist Stephen Hawking. She is the author of the book in progress and the director, producer and co-author with Stephen Hawking of the documentary, non-profit, feature film.

The book is about her collaboration with world-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking which began more than two decades ago. At the heart of the book are the events surrounding our work, script-writing, and filmmaking in the UK and USA.

the smart playbook
The SMART Playbook
Suzanne Wind
Website

The SMART Playbook was founded by Suzanne Wind a mom of three. The SMART Playbooks plan is to offer families a simple and effective game plan to teach relevant life skills like manners and social skills.

metabrew
Metamenu LLC
Natalie Neumann
website

Metabrew is a five-ingredient powerhouse of antioxidants and superfoods for long-lasting and slowly released energy. The foods used to make Metabrew are ethically sourced – making it easy for your body to convert the ingredients straight into brain power. Metabrew restores your body’s base mineral levels – leaving you feeling happier and healthier.

xoi
XOI, Inc.
Linh Tran
website

For decades, the Gac fruit was used in a festive sticky rice (xoi gac) that is eaten during Vietnamese New Year celebrations and weddings. This dish serves as the inspiration for the company name, XOI– both as a reminder of the fruit’s origins, and as a denotation of the joy experienced at occasions where xoi gac is served.

XOI’s aim is to bring this celebration to you through natural Gac fruit products and to the ethnic minority farmers that XOI works with.

As always, thank you for reading! Remember we award a grant every month – if interested, here’s the link to apply!

Stay tuned: We will be announcing the winner very soon!

And Then There Were Two…

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

After much debate amongst our Advisory board we’ve narrowed down our Amber Grant Finalists to Two. Congrats to Stretch Recipes and Hammerstone School of Carpentry for Women. Here’s a little bit about each of their businesses:

LaurenFoster
Stretch Recipes
Lauren Foster
Website

Growing up Lauren lived in a low income household without the tools to learn how to budget for groceries or prepare healthy meals. Because of this she always thought, why not build a tool that will help people maximize their hard earned dollars and have access to more nutritional recipes.

In November 2013, Lauren began looking more into the problem and seeking help to pull it off. In March 2013, she began landing partnerships with the SNAP program and local food banks in an effort to ensure the application would work for even the tightest of budgets as well as time strapped & busy singles and families.

Stretch is currently in the process of creating an app that will help allow shoppers to enter their budget, choose their meals, and automatically receive their shopping list with coupons. Stretch also hosts cooking class experiences to teach people how to cook on a tight budget.

Stretch Recipes

Hammerstone School
Hammerstone School of Carpentry
Maria Klemperer-Johnson
Website

Hammerstone School of Carpentry for Women was founded by Maria in 2012 when a friend of hers presented the perfect project to organize her first official class: a tiny house.

After the success Maria had from her first class she quickly realized it opened the door to other opportunities, like a two-day introductory course to carpentry skills and a cider-press building workshop.

Maria ultimately hopes to expand the geographical reach of Hammerstone School so that more women from around the country are able to get an introduction to building in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Hammerstone School of Carpentry

We will be announcing our first $2,000 Amber Grant winner next week – Stay Tuned!

Voting has already begun for our next Amber Grant on our voting page. So please stop by there and read about our newest qualification grant winners.

We’ve Announced December’s Qualification Grant Finalists!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

WomensNet would like to thank everyone of you ladies in our WomensNet Community for another great year. We’re so excited to see what 2016 brings us. But, before we get too carried away we still have business to take care of from 2015. So, without further a-do here are our finalists for December’s Qualification Grant!

December’s Qualification Grant Finalists

Mott-and-Spry
Mott & Spry
Sarah-Eva & Ellen Marchese
Website

In 2011, shortly after Sarah became engaged, she set out to design a bouquet based on a Victorian language of flowers. She found it to be nearly impossible to do with the limited available resources available to her.

This gave Sarah the idea for Mott & Spry. Mott & Spry, Inc. is a company that believes it’s possible to apply your style to your flowers using technology and facts, and that that type of personalization makes the best type of design possible. It’s authentic to the flowers, and to your heart. Their goal is to help millions who know less about flowers than they’d like find and express their floral style.

communicateforlife
Communicate for Life, LLC
Laura Frances Richardson
Website

Communicate For Life, LLC is a small business that offers private speech and language therapy and behavioral consultations for children in Berks County, PA. Through Communication For Life Laura offers free workshops on speech, language, and behavior development through Boscov’s campus of courses for parents of children 0-5, and through knowledge of her work. She is also one of the few speech-language pathologists that have had pursued a communication device for a 2-year-old.

WeTution
WeTuition
Meixian Li
Website

Wetuition.com is a company that provides highly interactive and innovative educational technology for online tutoring. The goal of WeTuition.com is to create more job opportunities for students and others, while offering affordable help to other students in need of a tutor.

Yummy Bazaar
Yummy Bazaar
Rebecca Chou
Website

Yummy Bazaar is an online and mobile platform that offers highly curated, delicious, authentic foods from around the world. Their ultimate goal is to become a shopping destination for the most delicious foods from around the world delivered through multiple formats and platforms including website, mobile app, as well as monthly subscription offerings.

InDependent
InDependent
Michele Bradfield
Website

InDependent is a health and wellness campaign, fiscally sponsored by Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Their mission is to create a thriving community of military spouses that supports preventative wellness by inspiring each other to make health and wellness a priority.

In-Dependent.org represents a lifestyle that promotes mindfulness about health. They offer interactive programs designed to encourage military spouses to take preventative measures in support of their individual health and well-being while they are part of the military community so they can thrive physically and emotionally.

As always, thank you for reading! Remember we award a grant every month – if interested, here’s the link to apply!

Stay tuned: We will be announcing the winner very soon!