Grantsville Woman Business Owner Awarded Wendy J. English Grant For Growth
SALT LAKE CITY (May 27, 2020) – Today, during the fifth annual Women’s Entrepreneurial Conference (WEC) $21,250 in grants were announced with the top, Wendy J. English Grant For Growth of $5,000 awarded to Kathy Anderson, owner of Little Apple’s Child Care Center in Granstville.
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 one hundred and forty applications received from women business owners in January, twenty five were selected and each prepared a three minute pitch focused on their opportunities, 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 $250 to $5,000.
“The Women’s Business Center of Utah is thrilled to be a part of this special conference that shines a bright light on female entrepreneurship.” said Ann Marie Wallace, State Director of the Women’s Business Center of Utah. “The grant competition helps women to access critical funding, all through event sponsorship and donations in order to make a difference in women-owned businesses who possess the entrepreneurial spirit that Wendy English epitomized.” “I am excited to receive this grant which will help us build a computer lab at our child care center.” said Kathy Anderson. “I learned a lot about how to talk about my business in the process.”
In addition to the Wendy J. English Grant For Growth, finalists received the following grants:
- $1000 (People’s Choice) LaTonya Jackson, Iridescent Hair Co, Riverdale
- $1,000 (Nonprofit grant) Kim Bowsher, Women MTB, Salt Lake City
- $1,250 Alicia Berardo, Daydreams Cakes & Pastries LLC, Salt Lake City
- $1,250 Luisa Tupou, Tupou Tusis, Bountiful
- $1,750 LaTonya Jackson, Iridescent Hair Co, Riverdale
- $2,250 Nailya Ragimova, Doner Kebab Express, West Jordan
The following women business owners were each awarded a $500 WEC grant:
- Bisharo Muse, B-Jay’s Halal, Providence
- Camri Johnson, J Family Equine LLC, Monroe
- Liz Ivie, Nourish LLC, Duchesne
- Ludy Leveille, Beyond Beautiful Extensions, Salt Lake City
- Mariah Robertson, Real Green Clean, Moab
- Molly Kohrman, BROWNIES! BROWNIES! BROWNIES!, Salt Lake City
- Najati Abdalla, Namash Swahili Cuisine, Salt Lake City (WEC)
- Najati Abdalla, Namash Swahili Cuisine, Salt Lake City (Salt Lake County Grant)
- Tamara Garza, Mystic Salon & Spa, Salt Lake City (Salt Lake County Grant)
- Teri Bailey, Sunset Meadows Floral & Gift, Ephraim
The following women business owners were each awarded a $250 WEC grant:
- Andrea Latimer, Bitters Lab, LLC, Salt Lake City
- Angela Hill, AJ’s Treehouse, Midvale
- Holly Snow Canada, Superbloom Coffee Roasters, Santa Clara
- Ivy Andreasen, Ivy’s Music Studio, Brigham City
- Karen Dutson, Ninja Sisters Professional Cleaning Services, Toquerville
- Lindsay Miller, The Essential Calendar BLLC, Draper
- Lindsey Wing, Elevated Ave., Salt Lake City
- Marcela Wardle, Utah Bus LLC, Salt Lake City
- Melissa Sevy, Ethik LLC, Provo
- Rowena Montoya, JulieAnn Caramels, Sandy
- Tamara Garza, Mystic Salon & Spa in Salt Lake City
Women business owners interested in the 2021 Women’s Entrepreneurial Conference Grant Competition will find the application open in the fall which will close January 31, 2021. More Information can be found at UtahWEC.com.
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.