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July 15, 2021

WomensNet Mini Grant Awarded to IEP Help STL


Woman Entrepreneur:
Denise Francis

Congratulations to Denise Francis, Founder of IEP Help STL for being the WomensNet Mini Grant recipient.

IEP Help STL helps parents and caregivers of special needs students learn the basics of IEP processes and gives tools to self-advocate and collaborate with schools to assist in the education of their special needs and unique learners.

“These parents and caregivers need someone to coach them in self-advocating as well as how to collaborate with the school to overcome what can be contentious situations. In the special education world, students must qualify services to receive and IEP, an Individualized Education Plan. The system is complicated, and it is emotional and overwhelming for parents… I am a Master IEP Coach® and am the parent of a special needs student who has had a difficult and at times adversarial relationship with schools, so I can relate. All parents deserve help in the Special Education arena, especially those who cannot afford it,” said, Francis.

The WomensNet Mini Grant funds will assist Francis with supplementing her sliding scale fees, maintaining the IEP Help STL website, offering additional one-on-one workshops for parents and promotional items.

It will also pay for maintaining my website, offering additional one workshops for parents, and promotional items.

If you want to apply for the 2021 WomensNet Grants, view our website for more information. Applications are currently being reviewed for the $10,000 Amber Grant. You can apply today to be considered.

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“Every month, WomensNet awards three $10,000 Amber Grants to women-owned businesses. At the end of each year, monthly grant winners are eligible to receive one of three $25,000 annual grants.”


“Launched 20 years ago this grant honors the memory of a young woman who wanted to be an entrepreneur but died at age 19 before she could achieve her goal.”


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“This organization offers monthly grants of up to $10,000 to support female entrepreneurs starting businesses. Those who qualify for these grants are also in the running for a yearly $25,000 grant.”