Center announces women entrepreneur grant winners

Oct. 31, 2023 — DENTON — The Center for Women Entrepreneurs (CWE), a program of the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership at Texas Woman’s University, has selected 25 female entrepreneurs to receive $5,000 awards through its StartHER Grant Program, part of an ongoing effort to boost women-owned businesses in Texas.

The 25 awardees were selected from a pool of 264 applicants across Texas.

“We were happy to see such a robust response from applicants to the StartHER grant program, which indicates the clear need of funding for women-owned businesses,” said Tracy Irby, the center’s director. “We continue to provide this support to allow more Texas women to achieve success in entrepreneurship.”

The following awardees will receive $5,000 to start or expand their businesses:

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Name Business City
Adrienne Hackney Meladore, LLC Carrollton
Cherie Turner Mot8vate McKinney
Emily Chacon 911 Backflows, LLC Houston
Kavindra Watson KLW Design Group, LLC Little Elm
Cara Pitts Southern Roots Vegan San Antonio
Tabitha Martin Top Choice Laboratory, LLC Houston
Sammi Bivens Digital Marketing Maven & Associates Dallas
Whitney McElwain Resette, Inc. Austin
Emily Mack Vinat, LLC Fredericksburg
Kay Thibodeaux The Touring Chocolatier, LLC Justin
Denise Castille Any Day CPR Training, LLC Anna
Angelina Torres Jelly Nonprofit Consulting Christoval
Erin England Diaper Concierge, LLC Dallas
Mary Altom Alkin Solutions, LLC Prosper
Becky Nelson La Gourmet Baking Dallas
Nsenga Brown Rescue Life CPR Austin
Kam DeLeon The Shindig Dallas
Jane Lindsay Maggie Jane’s Farm, Inc. Post
Aleshia Alexander Alexander’s Consulting Firm, LLC Henderson
Olivette Fisher Ollie Oats, LLC Olmito
Kendra Eboigbodin Victory Creative Learning, LLC Killeen
Ruselle Pham Bear’s Little Bros. Corpus Christi
Nicole Melki StringRise, LLC Plano
Beth Roesch Equate-Ing, LLC Keller
Rachel Bays Illuminate Video Houston

Requests for grant funding included purchases of machinery, marketing materials, technology, equipment and training. To be eligible for grants, the for-profit, woman-owned businesses must be based in Texas or in the process of being established in Texas.

Awardees are required to meet with a small business advisor, submit a business plan and complete a small business training course hosted by the CWE to receive funding. The course will cover topics such as business plan development, marketing, legal matters, insurance, accounting and financing.

The CWE is a program of TWU’s Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership. The institute is dedicated to preparing women to take on successful roles in business and public service to 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.

Media Contact

Tracy Irby
Director, Center for Women Entrepreneurs

Page last updated 3:21 PM, October 31, 2023