Center names veteran woman grant winners

April 2, 2024 ― DENTON ― The Center for Women Entrepreneurs (CWE) at Texas Woman’s University has selected five female veterans to receive $5,000 awards through its Veteran Woman Entrepreneur Grant program, which supports women veterans in Texas who own a business or are interested in launching one.

The awardees are:

Lauren Anderson, Anderson Speech Therapy, LLC, San Antonio

Lynn Means, The Makers Melody, LLC, Fort Worth

Jasmine Paul, The Wealth Playground, San Antonio

Nikita Seal, ZZ’s Ice Cream Puffs, Dallas

Marciela Hargrove, H & H Xpress, Lancaster

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 a small business advisor and veteran mentors, as well as complete a virtual training series hosted by the center and taught by veterans. The course will cover topics related to business plan development, marketing, legal matters, accounting, and finance. Awardees must also complete a business plan with three years of cash flow projections for their business and explain how the grant will impact their bottom line.

This is the fourth year the CWE has offered the grant program aimed specifically at helping Texas veteran women. Applications were received from across the state.

“The resilience of our veteran grant winners is truly inspiring,” said Tracy Irby, the center’s director. “These individuals have not only served our country with honor and dedication but have also demonstrated exceptional tenacity in pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams.”

About the Center for Women Entrepreneurs

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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Tracy Irby
Director, Center for Women Entrepreneurs

Page last updated 10:25 AM, April 2, 2024