Founders First CDC’s 2022 Kitty Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization that enables expansion and job creation in diverse founder-led, revenue-generating firms, has revealed the fifty (50) grant recipients of the year 2022.
“Women have always faced discrimination in securing small business funding. The pandemic only exacerbated disparities in accessing funding and resources that were already in place. An estimated 90% of women and minority-owned small businesses were shut out of federal emergency funding during the height of the pandemic, despite most women needing access to government aid to continue operating their business. That’s why we are honored to support the Kitty Fund. Since its creation in 2020, this grant has successfully bridged the funding gap for more than 100 mom-led small businesses and encouraged the growth of diverse small businesses throughout the country. We are happy to support programs that foster resiliency and promote business resources for women.”~ Josaline Cuesta, Senior California Program Manager for Small Business Majority.
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Top Mompreneurs of 2022
The 50 mompreneurs that won microgrants in Founders First CDC’s 2022 Kitty Fund include:
|Brandy Archie||AccessAble Living|
|Adriane Alvarez||Adriane Alvarez|
|Pamela Fullerton||Advocacy and Education Consulting|
|Lani Cabral Pasao||Angels Over Us|
|Nicole Murphy||Barter Black|
|Brianna Hairlson||Bri’s Dance Place|
|Jeanette Burton||Burton photography|
|Valarie McGhee||Children Are Heroes Learning Center|
|Vickie Cobb-Lucien||Embrace Health|
|Kiara Moore||Embracing Oak Therapy|
|Breonna Vereen||Imani Cowrie|
|Amanda Ma||Innovate Marketing Group|
|Naijean Bernard||Jeany’s Caribbean Elixirs|
|Larisa Lopez||LL Services|
|Lois Tiedemann Koffi||Lois Koffi Enterprises|
|Sonia Smith-Kang||Mixed Up Clothing|
|Tenisha Hopkins||Mogul Mompreneurs|
|Denise Fernander||MOMpreneur Success Academy|
|Kerri Honeywood||Moon Cycle Mama Doula and Wellness|
|Linda Stewart||Multi Level Apparel Group/The T-Shirt Spot|
|Delasber Sanders||Amoree’s Journey|
|LaKya Boone-White||Oily Herb Soap Company|
|Jala Eaton||On My Own Financial|
|Yenny James||Paradigm Doulas|
|Arlidian Pearson||Pearson Workforce Solutions|
|Sylvia Kan||Pulse Instruments|
|Rashida Reese||ReBirth Marketing & Consulting|
|Ruby Gordon||Scent by Kennadi|
|Michelle Turner-Young||Soulfire Movement|
|Cara Pitts||Southern Roots Vegan Bakery|
|Geetha Jayaraman||Spoon and Sprout|
|Tina Fears||Stage Ready|
|Jasmine Williams||Sunny and Ted|
|Takala Fomond||TBF Diagnostic|
|CJ Harris||That’s So Creative|
|Roseline Joseph||The Answer Management Services|
|Helsa Thompson||The Aura House|
|Madilynn Beck||The Better Spot|
|LaTeasha Gaither-Davis||Therapeutic Focus|
|Victoria Prince||Tori Prince Beauty|
|Claire Risoli||Toro y Leon|
|Davinna Warren||Warren’s Divine Homes|
|Erica McCullom||Web Designs 4 Less|
Women-Owned Businesses: Revolutionizing the Globe!
According to the American Express’s 2019 State of Women-Owned Business Report, women own over 13 million small companies in the United States.
Additionally, in the US Small Business Administration, women-owned firms employ 10.1 million people and generate $1.8 trillion in revenue. A mom is predicted to own one out of every three of these firms, totaling more than four million.
About Kitty Fund
The Kitty Fund offers micro-investments to moms who manage small enterprises that employ others. This funding program was created in memory of Founders First CEO Kim Folsom’s mother, Catherine “Kitty” Abrams Tadlock Webster, who died on March 20.
In 2020, the Kitty Fund made its first investments of $13K in 50 Moms running small businesses nationwide. In 2021, the amount increased from $250 to $500 for the 50 recipients. For 2022 Kitty Fund, a total of $25,000 will be awarded as $500 grants to 50 businesses.Founders First CDC
Details and qualifications are below:
Learn more about the Kitty Fund 2022.
About Founders First CDC
Founders First CDC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created in 2015 to empower diverse founder-led, revenue-generating small companies through accelerator programs. Founders First is a catalyst for positive change for entrepreneurs of color and female founders to become top employers in their communities by focusing on recurring revenues, technology, and robust solutions.
In November last year, we wrote about Founders First CDC awarding a total of $100,000 to 30 Businesses in SoCal.