Young Woman’s Grant for En­trepreneurs be­ing launched

Tri-County Vanguard - - BUSINESS - KATHY JOHN­SON TRICOUNTY VAN­GUARD

A part­ner­ship be­tween Yar­mouth-based Good­ness to Go En­ergy, the Con­nect­ing Women in Busi­ness group and Ig­nite Labs has re­sulted in a new grant pro­gram be­ing of­fered to young women be­tween 16 and 30 in the Tri-County re­gion want­ing to start their own busi­ness.

The Young Woman’s Grant for En­trepreneurs is be­ing launched at an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion on Oct. 18 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the NSCC Bur­ridge Cam­pus Ig­nite Labs (Room C290). The grant, which is be­ing funded by Good­ness to Go En­ergy, is for $1,000 and will be awarded twice a year.

“We just launched our busi­ness about six months ago,” said Good­ness to Go En­ergy owner Jes­sica Sol­lows.

“We knew right away we wanted to do­nate a per­cent­age of prof­its to char­ity,” de­cid­ing to “cre­ate a pro­gram for young women en­trepreneurs be­cause I’m a young woman en­tre­pre­neur and it still very much a man’s world out there so we’re try­ing to sup­port other young women such as my­self,” Sol­lows said, adding from ex­pe­ri­ence there are a lot of road­blocks and startup costs as­so­ci­ated with busi­ness start-up and for women, who are of­ten tasked with look­ing af­ter chil­dren or even the older gen­er­a­tion in ad­di­tion to try­ing to make a liv­ing, it can be even more of a jug­gling act.

Sol­lows said af­ter the com­pany made the de­ci­sion to cre­ate the pro­gram, “we de­cided we just wanted to fund the pro­gram.”

“We didn’t have the ca­pac­ity to run it so who bet­ter to run the pro­gram than an or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to women so that’s why we con­tacted the Tri-County Women’s Cen­tre about de­liv­er­ing the pro­gram for us,” she said. “We also had been in con­tact with Ig­nite Labs. They have just been an in­cred­i­ble re­source to our com­pany and con­nect­ing us to the peo­ple we needed to know to ad­vance our busi­ness. Ig­nite Labs is an in­cred­i­ble part­ner to us, so we asked if they would mind be­ing a re­source as well to who­ever was the suc­cess­ful can­di­date of our pro­gram and they said yes so that’s why the part­ner­ship with those two or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“Right now, the grant is go­ing to be $1,000 and run twice a year with the po­ten­tial for fund­ing to grow depend­ing on the suc­cess of our busi­ness,” she said, which pro­duces or­ganic gra­nola bars.

“If the busi­ness grows the grants will grow,” said Sol­lows, adding if any­one wants to par­tic­i­pate or do­nate funds to the grant they would be open to that as well.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the first grant will be avail­able start­ing Oct. 18, with a dead­line for sub­mis­sion of Dec. 31. The suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cant will be no­ti­fied by Jan. 9, 2019 and will be high­lighted at the Women’s Win­ter­lude Trade Show on Jan 19.

Ap­pli­ca­tions can be ac­cessed at the Oct. 18 in­for­ma­tion ses­sion, and af­ter by email at en­tre­pre­neur@ tri­coun­ty­wom­en­scen­tre.org or by vis­it­ing the Tri-County Women’s Cen­ter at 12 Cum­ber­land St. in Yar­mouth. The Tri-County Women’s Cen­ter ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and the Con­nect­ing Women in Busi­ness Group will se­lect the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cant.

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