Center announces Veteran Woman Grant Awardees

May 23, 2023 — DENTON — The Center for Women Entrepreneurs (CWE) at Texas Woman’s University has selected 22 female veterans in Texas to receive a $5,000 award through its Veteran Woman Entrepreneur Grant program, which supports women veterans in Texas who own their own businesses or are interested in launching one.

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The awardees are:

Name Business Location
Catina Miller Mindful Wellness Reset: Relax, Release & Renew, PLLC Frisco
Melissa Fields Shades of Gray Design Studio Schertz
Amanad Peaslee Peaslee’s Custom Designs Abilene
Moniqe Gibson JMCO Consulting, LLC Arlington
Teri Stach CPS Solutions, LLC Salado
Alejandra Sandoval Dare to live Fitness Lake Worth
Mari Johnson Community Network Alliance Group, LLC Forney
Ashley Beverly Renew Your Heart Healing Heartland
Yvonne Fedee iTrip Houston Central/West Houston
Ashley Knight Words Unite Bookstore, LLC Fort Hood
Sheneke Harris SheSpeakz, LLC Schertz
Bobbi Smith Rockin Bar B Ranch Cumby
ShaJherik Whitfield EVRCHG Designs Plano
Seneca Thompson A Simple Organizing & Moving Company, LLC Haslet
Dawn Androsky AB Specialists, LLC // Cruise Planners Southlake
Tara Burns New Life Farmstead, LLC Luling
Darlene Carrolle Basket Kase Elkhart
Maris Bacarrezaa Honor to Serve Travel, LLC San Antonio
Rache Gravleel Straight Genuine Consulting Houston
Kayla Jones Kayla’s Unique Eye Decatur
Shayna Sutton SHAYNA.ANYAHS STUDIO Mansfield
Althea Williams She Vets It Frisco

Grant funding may be used for the purchase of machinery, equipment or technology; acquisition of new inventory or raw materials; purchase and installation of fixtures or display units; property improvements; marketing; or other business-related activity that is aligned with the purpose of the program. Grants cannot be used for wages, salaries or sales tax.

The awardees will meet with the center’s small business advisor and veteran mentors, as well as complete a virtual training series hosted by the center and taught by veterans, to receive funding. The course will cover topics related to business plan development, marketing, legal matters, accounting and finance.

Grant applications were received from across Texas, and this is the third year the CWE has offered the grant program aimed specifically at helping women veteran entrepreneurs throughout the state.

“Supporting veterans has always been at the heart of our mission at Texas Woman’s University,” said Tracy Irby, the center’s director. “These women have bravely served our country, and now it’s our turn to support them on their entrepreneurial journey.”

The Center for Women Entrepreneurs is a program of the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership at Texas Woman’s University. The institute is dedicated to preparing more women to take on successful roles in business and public service. Its three specialized centers ensure women have the education to establish careers as successful executives, the skills for building entrepreneurial businesses and the framework needed to run for public office.


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