Center for Women Entrepreneurs announces Texas Rural Woman Grant awardees

June 26, 2023 — DENTON — The Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership’s Center for Women Entrepreneurs (CWE) at Texas Woman’s University has selected 35 woman-owned businesses to receive $10,000 awards through its Texas Rural Woman Grant program. The program supports economic development activity in rural Texas by enabling rural, woman-owned small businesses to undertake new and innovative projects.

The awardees include:

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Awardee Business City
Mette Hansen The Flower Pot Perryton
Victoria Fletcher Muddy Boot Cattle Company LLC Hubbard
Amber Ross Raven Aerial Solutions, LLC Granbury
Christina Isbell Haskell Funeral Home, Inc. Haskell
Mindy Myers The Bohemian Shepherdess, LLC Cumby
Bertha Griego Beacon's R.V. Park & Marina, LLC Rockport
Diana Perry Di-Hard Fitness Studio, LLC. Rockdale
Kate Thayer Eve's Garden Bed and Breakfast Marathon
Anne Calaway Front Street Books LLC Alpine
Jolie Estes Broadmoor Farm Paris
Jessica Moore Ready, Set, Shine! Pediatric Therapy Hart
Emma Morales Poole Oh, Charlie Lockney
Maegan Balog Kickbox Leasing, LLC Bowie
Shonda Folsom The Folsom Law Firm, PLLC Big Spring
Stephanie Falkner Bloom 'N' Sprout San Saba
Jennifer Been JBeen Properties, LLC Dalhart
Crystal Melton Top Shelf Industries Tulia
Stacy Robles-Boil Faith Fitness Gym Sweetwater
Cheri Whatley Walleck Rusty Hook Winery Port Lavaca
Paula Duwe Schumann's Inc Eden
Marnie Long M Design Studio, Inc. Rockport
Shani Shofner Rocky Oaks Ranch Construction Eldorado
Amy Thornhill The Studio on Main Lamesa
Devin Sisk Devin Sisk Photography Muleshoe
Amy Horn Rockin A Design Dalhart
Tamara Hood Circle S Pest Control Inc Burnet
Melissa Rusek Texas One Stop of La Grange La Grange
Susan Jolliff Brady Dental Group, P. A. Brady
Lisa Owens Ready to GLO’ Skincare Rockdale
Angelita Ponce Aguilar Doggie Do's Dog Parlor Three Rivers
Catina (Tina) Souder Rolling Plains Counseling & Wellness Center Wellington
Linsey A. Taylor Ahart Real Estate Graham
Shannon Horta Innovative Office Systems Lufkin
Savanna Smith Munch-oes Bakery LLC El Campo
DeAnna McDearmont One Soul Yoga Sulphur Springs

Grant applications were received from across Texas for this first-time grant program aimed specifically at helping rural, woman-owned businesses throughout the state.

“By providing financial support and resources, the JNIWL, through its Center for Women Entrepreneurs, is helping bridge the gap and empower women in rural areas to expand and grow their businesses,” said Shannon Mantaro, interim executive director/chief executive officer of the JNIWL. “Supporting women entrepreneurs in these areas not only strengthens the local economy but also fosters innovation, job creation, and community development throughout Texas.”

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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Page last updated 4:20 PM, July 17, 2023