SALT LAKE CITY (April 21, 2021) – Today, during the sixth annual Women’s Entrepreneurial Conference (WEC) $24,800 in grants were announced with the top, Wendy J. English Grant For Growth of $5,000 and $1,000 People’s Choice Grant, awarded to Corinne Zinn, owner of Park City Creamery in Heber City.  

The Women’s Entrepreneurial Conference, co-presented by Women’s Business Center of Utah and Utah Women’s Networking Group, is a one-day conference dedicated to inspiring, educating and assisting women business owners build relationships and access capital. The conference is a fundraiser for an annual grant pitching competition which culminates at the final session of the conference where attendees get to hear their peer women business owners compete for the top five grants and a People’s Choice award.

From the ninety applications received from women business owners in January, twenty four were selected and each prepared a three minute pitch focused on describing their business, how they would spend a $5,000 grant and what the potential for growth could be. Two pitch rounds were held leading up to the conference. All twenty five female entrepreneurs won grants ranging from $300 to $5,000.

“All the grant recipients not only received money to grow their businesses, but also have access to resources and people that will support them and continue to build their confidence in the ability to run a successful business.” said Karin Palle, President of the Utah Women’s Networking Group. “I am extremely proud to partner with the Women’s Business Center of Utah on this conference and humbled to be a part of the entrepreneurial journeys of the now 97 grant recipients who have received a combined $91,300 since 2016.” “It’s been such a helpful process for me to learn how to present my company.” said Corinne Zinn. “I am so excited to be able to make the big jump in my business with this grant. By supporting me you are also supporting the local farmers.” 

In addition to the Wendy J. English Grant For Growth, finalists received the the following grants:

  • $1000 People’s Choice, Corrine Zinn, Park City Creamery, Heber City
  • $2,000 Anna Whisler, Family Solutions Counseling, Logan
  • $2,500 Juliette Bautista, CLUB ABILITY LLC, Bountiful
  • $3,000 Exancia Midy, JEMLYS, Provo
  • $3,500 Maria Lara Posso, A Mano Artisan Pasta Company, Salt Lake City
  • $5,000 Wendy J. English Grant For Growth, Corinne Zinn, Park City Creamery, Heber City

The following women business owners were each awarded a $600 WEC grant:

  • Diane Hudson, Advanced Behavior Change, Salt Lake City
  • Hilary Gingell, Just One Elle, Riverside
  • Jenna White, Empire Body Waxing SLC, Murray
  • Jessica VanDenBerghe, Prism Print Shop, Cedar Hills
  • Kellie Van Dyke, Align Fitness Studio, Salt Lake City
  • Rebekah Nielsen, The Navajo Crafting Company, Cedar City
  • Staci Jackman, Never Lost Earrings, Hurricane
  • The following women business owners were each awarded a $300 WEC grant:
  • Amber Adams, Birth Mind Body, LLC, South Jordan
  • Ann Mechelle Woodbury, Ala Chelle Catering, Cedar City
  • Anna Bravard, Advanced Electrolysis LLC & MedSpa, North Ogden
  • Camille Wilcox, On Purpose Marketing, Cedar City
  • Elif Ekin, Kahve Cafe, Salt Lake City
  • Jami Furniss, Moxie Weighted Blankets, Clearfield
  • Lindy Kerby, Songs4U Inc, South Jordan
  • Natasha Isom, Southern Utah Luxury, Washington
  • Ruchika Goel, Get On The Raft, Provo
  • Sofia Opmanis, Moss & Fawn, Salt Lake City
  • Viviana Alonso, Iluminar Education, Provo
  • Zubaidah Allami, Zubaidah SK LLC, Salt Lake City

Women business owners interested in the 2022 Women’s Entrepreneurial Conference Grant Competition will find the application open in the fall which will close January 31, 2022. More Information can be found at UtahWEC.com.

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About the Women’s Business Center of Utah

The Women’s Business Center of Utah (WBCUtah) is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization that helps Utah women business owners start and grow successful businesses through individual mentorship and group in-person and online training. The organization is in part funded through a Cooperative Agreement between the Salt Lake Chamber and the U.S. Small Business Administration. www.wbcutah.org

About Utah Women’s Networking Group

Utah Women’s Networking Group (UTWNG) welcomes business owners, professionals, and individuals looking to build valuable relationships. The mission of the UTWNG is to network and educate members while giving back to the community they serve through a variety of events and engagement on their Facebook Page.  For more information, please refer to utwng.com or their Facebook Page @UTWNG.