Archive for the ‘ Grant Recipients’ Category

We’ve announced our $2,500 Amber Grant winner!

Friday, January 29th, 2016

This past year the WomensNet team came up with a new way to give back to the WomensNet community. This method allowed us to continue to award a monthly Grant of $500 as selected by our WomensNet judges. But from those 12 monthly grant winners we’re now awarding an additional grant -The Amber Grant- to one of the 12 monthly winners. For our first Amber Grant we’re awarding our recipient with an additional $2,000.

Last week we narrowed down our Amber Grant finalists to two great companies, Stretch Recipes and Hammerstone School of Carpentry for Women. Choosing between these two companies was extremely tough but after much debate we have finally chosen our first Amber Grant Winner.

Congrats Maria Klemperer-Johnson, founder of Hammerstone School of Carpentry for Women!

Hammerstone School

Watch Maria’s video to learn more about Hammerstone and what they are doing to help women feel more empowered:

 

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 January’s Qualification Grant finalists very soon!

Vote The Center for Creative Arts Therapy for The WomensNet Amber Grant

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

This past October we announced our Qualification Grant Winner Azizi Marshall, founder of The Center for Creative Arts Therapy.

Now, Azizi needs your help. View her video below where she explains why you should vote for The Center for Creative Arts Therapy to win the additional $2,000.

About The Center for Creative Arts Therapy: After a few years of soul searching, Azizi stumbled upon an opportunity to do theatre with inner city youth. Through theatre she saw these kids grow, and learn about a world outside of their existence. They were able to give voice to their struggles and begin to form bonds with not only one another but also with the community.

From there she quickly began studying and obtained her license as a licensed clinical professional counselor, a board certified trainer in drama therapy and a registered expressive arts therapist within 4 years. Azizi wanted to make sure that children and families were able to have access to programs that would not only allow individuals a place to explore and grow, but also the community at large which is how The Center for Creative Arts Therapy was born. The Center for Creative Arts Therapy is an Arts-Based, Psychotherapy Practice and Training Center.

Interested in receiving a grant like Azizi? We award a grant every month – if interested, here’s the link to apply. We’d love to hear your story!

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Baked Cookie Company Is Our November Grant Winner!

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

After revealing November’s Qualification Grant Finalists last week, we’re excited to announce our qualification grant winner. Congrats Kristy McDonough, Owner of Baked Cookie Company!f

Read on to learn all about Kristy and her cookie company, (yum)!

Kristy McDonough
Baked Cookie Company
Kristy McDonough
Website

WN: Talk about why you started your journey with Baked Cookie Company

KD:I have been in the kitchen most of my life. Stealing butter from the refrigerator at age 3, perfecting PB&J’s at age 6, baking anything I could from a box as soon as I could read and as soon as my parents let me use the oven on my own. And shortly there after, raiding my mother’s cookbooks to make the most ample spread of Christmas Cookies my little hands could produce.

The start of this business really began while I was in high school. Being unsatisfied with most of the cookies on the market- they were too small, too crumbly, too dry, not enough chocolate chips, I unknowingly began to develop my own special recipe for the classic chocolate chip cookie. I wanted something that was plump, moist and exploding with chocolate chips. With hundreds of trials under my belt, this recipe you taste today took me 10 years to perfect and I am delighted to share it with you.

Additionally, I believe there is so much more to a cookie that meets the eye. I believe cookies should be savored and that you should taste that comfort of home in every bite. For me, cookies truly are a symbol of not only something sweet, but also a symbol of love and comfort. It has always amazed me how our senses can make us feel and remember experiences so strongly. For me, the simple smell of a cookie baking takes me back to my childhood. It is these feelings and comforts of home that I want to share with the world and what motivates me to stay on this cookie filled journey!

WN: Who’s responsible for the creation of these cookies?

KD: I am responsible for all cookie creation! I believe cookies should be made the old fashioned way- with fresh unsalted butter, granulated sugar and only the best chocolate chips. Our cookies are scooped and formed by hand and baked to perfect color of golden brown. Every one of our recipes was developed and perfected to ensure only the most comforting, tasty, plump, moist and indulgent cookie would be produced just for you. Our expectation to make only the best cookies is simply unmatched.

I do have to admit that though I may do all the baking, there are many supports in my life that have helped me along the way. I have had many family, friends and colleagues jump into help in other areas- working with me at Farmers Markets, offering marketing advice, dish washing and even taste tasting (most really don’t mind the taste testing part!). I could not be where I am today without them!

WN: What are the most effective marketing channels for your company?

KD: The most effective marketing channel for us is currently conducting sample drops around the Denver Area. Every time I bake a batch of cookies, I make a few extra and select a few local businesses to bring some cookies to. I pop in to introduce myself, I bring cookies, napkins and some menus. (I’ll even put a special promo code on the menus for a discount) Firstly, the business is always surprised. Someone bringing in cookies doesn’t happen every day. Secondly, they get to try my product immediately and they always ask questions about other products and services. And Three, no one really ever says no to a free cookie! This method has turned into a number of repeat customers and consistent weekly orders. Additionally, this is a great way to network in my community and make personal connections with future clients!

WN: What are your long-term goals for Baked Cookie Company?

KD: My primary long term goal is open up a bakery store front of our own. Every decision I make has this goal in mind. I could be taking the easy way out- baking and freezing dough, pre-baking cookies and freezing them, or only accepting orders on certain days, but I simply refuse. I also want the Baked Cookie Company named to be equated with quality, freshness, comfort and love. This is why every single cookie is baked to order, regardless of the size of your order. This is why we scoop and roll every cookie by hand. This is why we pay so much attention to detail.

One of the number one questions we get asked is where our shop is located. And I always answer “We are working on it one cookie at a time!”

WN: What advice would you give to other female entrepreneurs?

KD: I would give two pieces of advice to female entrepreneurs: 1.) Be Persistent and 2.) Be Vulnerable.

Being persistent is a given. Regardless of the struggle or setback, you must keep pressing on and taking another step. The same goes for having a success. Enjoy it in the moment, but don’t let it blind you. Your progress is contingent to your persistence- so keep going- one step at a time, (or one cookie at a time!).

Being Vulnerable was the hardest lesson for me to learn. I have personally struggled with asking for help, putting myself and my business out there and approaching others for advice. The truth is though, I have made the greatest strides in my business when I took a risk at being vulnerable, when I have asked other businesses for help or support and simply walked into a business and said “Hi! My name is Kristy and I own a cookie business- here’s a sample.” It these moments that I have learned about my capabilities and the fact that the worst that can happen is that some just might say ‘No.’ So put yourself out there, be a little vulnerable and see what happens.

Thanks for reading! Remember that we award a grant every month – if interested, please apply today.

Also Note: The new voting page for the 2016, $1,000 Amber grant will be posted after 2015’s Amber Grant Winner is Selected.

Vote Honeymoon Brewery for The WomensNet Amber Grant

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Back in August we announced our Qualification Grant Winner Ayla Bystrom-Williams, founder of Honeymoon Brewery.

Now, Ayla needs your help. View her video below where she explains why you should vote for Honeymoon Brewery to win the additional $2,000.

About: Honeymoon Brewery is a female founded, Santa Fe based, brewery which utilizes both traditional styles of beer brewing and the kombucha style of brewing. HoneyMoon Brewing fits right into the growing Craft Beer Movement by offering traditional beers while also filling a gap in the market with kombucha style beers.

Interested in receiving a grant like Ayla? We award a grant every month – if interested, here’s the link to apply. We’d love to hear your story!

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Vote Hammerstone School for The WomensNet Amber Grant

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Back in February we announced our Qualification Grant Winner Maria Klemperer-Johnson, founder of Hammerstone School of Carpentry for Women.

Now, Maria needs your help. View her video below where she explains why you should vote for Hammerstone to win the additional $2,000.

About: Hammerstone School aims to empower women and non-women alike to use their bodies and minds for creative and useful ends by teaching carpentry classes. By increasing the skills of individual women, Hammerstone hopes to increase the number of women in the trades, and ultimately change workplaces for women in and outside of the trades.

Interested in receiving a grant like Maria? We award a grant every month – if interested, here’s the link to apply. We’d love to hear your story!

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Vote Sassy Bambino for The WomensNet Amber Grant

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Back in April we announced our Qualification Grant Winner Amanda Holdsworth, founder of Sassy Bambino and the Heal-A-Boo-Boo Project.

Now, Amanda needs your help. View her video below where she explains why you should vote for Sassy Bambino to win the additional $2,000.

About:Amanda started the Heal-A-Boo-Boo Project, providing free “peek-a-boo-boo” hospital shirts and matching legwarmers to babies and toddlers facing surgery or other medical procedures.

Interested in receiving a grant like Amanda? We award a grant every month – if interested, here’s the link to apply. We’d love to hear your story!

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