Founders First CDC Announces 2022 Kitty Fund 50 Finalists

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


May 9, 2022


2022 Kitty Fund

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.

2022 Kitty Fund
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β€œWomen 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.

Top Mompreneurs of 2022

The 50 mompreneurs that won microgrants in Founders First CDC’s 2022 Kitty Fund include:

Brandy ArchieAccessAble Living
Adriane AlvarezAdriane Alvarez
Pamela FullertonAdvocacy and Education Consulting
Lani Cabral PasaoAngels Over Us
Nicole MurphyBarter Black
Brianna HairlsonBri’s Dance Place
Jeanette BurtonBurton photography
Crystal WashCERA
Valarie McGheeChildren Are Heroes Learning Center
Vickie Cobb-LucienEmbrace Health
Kiara MooreEmbracing Oak Therapy
Reneta JenikFoodom
Breonna VereenImani Cowrie
Amanda MaInnovate Marketing Group
Naijean BernardJeany’s Caribbean Elixirs
Alexandra RegisterKLSD
Larisa LopezLL Services
Lois Tiedemann KoffiLois Koffi Enterprises
Givona SandifordMelospeech
Sonia Smith-KangMixed Up Clothing
Tenisha HopkinsMogul Mompreneurs
Denise FernanderMOMpreneur Success Academy
Kerri HoneywoodMoon Cycle Mama Doula and Wellness
Lisa MarshMsPsGFree
Linda StewartMulti Level Apparel Group/The T-Shirt Spot
Delasber SandersAmoree’s Journey
LaKya Boone-WhiteOily Herb Soap Company
Jala EatonOn My Own Financial
Yenny JamesParadigm Doulas
Arlidian PearsonPearson Workforce Solutions
Sylvia KanPulse Instruments
Rashida ReeseReBirth Marketing & Consulting
Ruby GordonScent by Kennadi
Michelle Turner-YoungSoulfire Movement
Cara PittsSouthern Roots Vegan Bakery
Geetha JayaramanSpoon and Sprout
Tina FearsStage Ready
Jasmine WilliamsSunny and Ted
Takala FomondTBF Diagnostic
CJ HarrisThat’s So Creative
Roseline JosephThe Answer Management Services
Helsa ThompsonThe Aura House
Madilynn BeckThe Better Spot
LaTeasha Gaither-DavisTherapeutic Focus
Victoria PrinceTori Prince Beauty
Claire RisoliToro y Leon
Lashawnda TillisVisionz
Davinna WarrenWarren’s Divine Homes
Erica McCullomWeb 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, 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 below:

Learn more about the Kitty Fund 2022.

About Founders First CDC

Founders First CDC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was created in 2015 with the mission of empowering diverse founder-led, revenue-generating small companies through accelerator programs. Founders First works as 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.

It was in November last year that we wrote about Founders First CDC awarding a total of $100,000 to 30 Businesses in SoCal.

How to be Fundable?

Source: Founder’s First CDC


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    Sharjeel joined Startempire Wire as emerging technologies editor. Earlier, he worked at Silicon Canals, a leading English language technology media source for the Benelux and wider Europe. He covered the European technology and startup ecosystem digging into latest funding rounds of startups.


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