She Boss Up Grant Winners Announcement - Together, We Rise



The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating to women small business owners and entrepreneurs across the U.S. Reports show that 64% of women-led businesses declared their business operations as strongly affected, with more than 90% of women entrepreneurs reporting a decrease in sales during the pandemic.


Now, more than ever, more women business owners are looking for reliable COVID-19 funding to help their businesses survive and rise up from the storm. Because of the She Boss Up Relief Fund, there's hope for women in business to get the funding they need to thrive and win. The She Boss Up Relief Fund was created to help women entrepreneurs whose businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Many of them have been struggling over the last six months to keep operations running and manage costs, leading to layoffs and close-downs while also trying to adapt to the unprecedented shutdowns and market disruption. We love to see women win, and that's why we decided to build a fund to help keep their businesses going, empower and elevate them to dream bigger and live bigger and make their world a better place.

Our Grant Awardees Announcement is Here


She Boss Talk is proud to announce the award of grants to 12 extraordinary businesswomen out of the 300 applications we received. This October being National Women's Small Business Month, there's no better way to stand together and mark this celebration by lending a hand to women who have been struggling due to the pandemic.


Join us as we celebrate these 12 women as we look forward to raising more money and building a fund to help 1000 women business owners get relief. These are women with inspirational stories that deserve the grant awards to keep pushing their dreams.


$500 Grant Award Winners


Congratulations Lauren Wells - $500 Grant Winner

Founder of LCFitnessity, LLC, New York



Lauren Wells, aka LC, is a Holistic Health & Fitness coach helping women adopt holistic & realistic lifestyle habits to get fit, lose belly fat and eat more plant-based foods. She is great at simplifying the complexity in today's health & fitness world to help women feel mentally, physically and spiritually confident by centering in on their gut health as the source of overall well-being.


How the She Boss Up Relief Fund Will Help Her


When the gyms closed, her business took a standstill for a few weeks. When she found out this was going to go longer than anticipated, she did her best to move clients online. Some of her clients lost their jobs, and some just didn't continue to move forward with training virtually. She applied for unemployment to sustain herself. Lauren Wells aims to create an online platform to offer Nutrition and fitness support with membership perks, recipes, fitness classes, workshops and more.


Learn more about her business at LCFitsYou and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

Congratulations Rhea Hood - $500 Grant Winner

Founder of WNW Strategies Inc, Lumberton, New Jersey



Rhea Hood is an IT and project management professional with over ten years of experience working in the private and public sectors. She runs WNW Strategies Inc., a nonprofit in the State of New Jersey that is a recognized 501(c)(3). The mission of WNW Strategies Inc. is to provide temporary and long-term support for disadvantaged youth and elderly in the suburban New Jersey region who find themselves homeless, regardless of the reason or circumstances, by providing access to a holistic array of services.


How the She Boss Up Relief Fund Will Help Her


Like many other nonprofits during the COVID pandemic, she has had to redefine her

model of business, refocus on her mission, and find innovative methods to engage and serve her constituents. The grant award will continue to motivate her to serve as a mentor, both at DCMA and with her volunteer efforts while boosting her nonprofit to continue impacting young people's lives by providing access to a holistic array of services that promote health, independence and self-sufficiency.


Learn more about Rhea Hood and her nonprofit at WNW Strategies and follow her on Instagram.

$100 Grant Award Winners


Congratulations Felicia Wright - $100 Grant Winner

Founder of Mygani LLC, Jacksonville, FL



Felicia Wright is a proud mum and the Mompreneur and Branding Strategist of Mygani LLC, a social creative enterprise that creates inspirational platforms and products for women + girls of color. As a woman of color, she knows first-hand the challenges they face in their personal and professional journeys. Her goal is to instill the value of self-confidence in girls + women of color, regardless of their hair texture or skin complexion. In the midst of Covid, Felicia Wright decided to pivot and re-launch Mompreneur Marketplace™, a virtual platform that allows moms to share their stories about motherhood, business, and how their current situation is affecting them.


How the She Boss Up Relief Fund Will Help Her


The Mompreneur Marketplace™ recently partnered with River City Live, a local Jacksonville TV Show viewed daily by over 10,000 people. The grant will help her achieve her goal of being intentional about featuring positive stories of black mom-owned businesses across different platforms.


Learn more about Felicia Wright and her business at Mygani LLC and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

Congratulations Shatara Weaver - $100 Grant Winner

Founder of GodMama Wear LLC, Chesterfield, VA



Shatara Weaver began making tutus as handmade Christmas gifts for her Twin goddaughters, who love playing dress up and use their imaginations. She now designs tutus and other special items that reflect her clients' personal style and imaginations. These are items that can be cherished, enjoyed and worn at any time as special occasion wear, playwear or business wear. Whether a client needs promotional products, embroidered garments, or monogrammed gifts, GodMama is the answer!


In early 2020, her business expanded its offerings to provide other branded promotional products like branded koozies, birthday cards, hand sanitizers, folders and more. However, when COVID-19 hit her clients' businesses, GodMama Wear saw a significant drop in sales to business owners. As a result, the business needed to pivot to remain afloat while still supporting its GodMama Cares - Embroidery for Good program, which launched in 2019.


The program provides cash donations and in-kind contributions to women-led nonprofits supporting women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


How the She Boss Up Relief Fund Will Help Her


GodMama Wear donated 8.5% of their sales to assist nonprofits with branded swag and monetary donations. 2020 brought them quite a challenge in being able to continue to support their program because their sales took a significant hit. The grant will help them continue to build their business, which will, in turn, help them reach more customers that will assist them in contributing to the GodMama Cares - Embroidery for Good program.


Learn more about her business at GodMamaWear and connect on Facebook and Instagram.

Congratulations Natasha Williams - $100 Grant Winner

Founder of Cornelius Group, Queens, NY



Natasha Williams is a God-fearing wife, mom, youth educator/speaker, real estate broker & author. As a licensed real estate broker serving Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau county, her passion is to liberate young adults (high school seniors and college students) to use real estate to become homeowners, investors and entrepreneurs, in addition to finding innovative ways to find sources of income to fund their endeavors.


2020 has been a challenging year for her business - specifically a decrease in clientele, which means a decline in revenue. Recent changes like Governor's Cuomo Executive Order for the real estate industry to cease and desist from ANY lead generation activities (i.e. cold calling, etc.) from March through Oct 4, 2020, have greatly impacted her business and outreach program focused on helping young adults.


How the She Boss Up Grant Will Empower Her Business


It would allow her to reach out to more colleges/universities to teach the youth how to become self-sufficient from an early age and open their mindset in understanding how they can use real estate as a tool to create generational wealth, contribute to small businesses in their communities with tax dollars and buying power, in addition, to improve the domestic economy on a macro level.


Being a grant recipient will allow her to pivot and:

  • Develop new marketing strategies

  • Work with additional nonprofit agencies administering grants to potential homebuyers

  • While paying it forward through teaching/hiring high school students in the NYC's Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

Learn more about her business at Cornelius Group and connect on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Congratulations Charlette Adams - $100 Grant Winner

Founder of Repairer of Broken Walls Inc, Hillside, New Jersey



Charlette Adams is the founder of Repairer of Broken Walls Inc., a certified 501c3 organization whose mission is to work through program partners and urban youth predominantly age 16-24 to focus on neighborhood aesthetic, visual quality, clean up and beautification to revitalize communities one house at a time. Repairer of Broken Walls Inc currently partners with local Job Corps as an internship provider to their students. Because of Covid-19, the federal program is closed. The business can no longer use them as a resource for students in their landscaping program because they have no students on campus due to mandated state and federal executive orders.


To pivot and innovate during this time, the business seeks resources in the general/open marketplace, so they are hiring outside of the school program to open the opportunities to others in the community who really need to work.


How the She Boss Up Grant Will Empower Her Business


Charlette Adams is applying for this grant with hopes to create more job opportunities and sustain the business. The business currently has a commercial size lawn mower. However, they need more to be able to train more youth at the same time. Also, so that they can be more efficient in their lawn care, they are hoping to buy a sit-down mower to cut and maintain more lawn care acreage in a shorter period of time. The Grant will help her and her business to provide more employment to youth during this destabilizing pandemic.


Learn more about her business at Repairer of Broken Walls and follow her on Facebook.

Congratulations Pamela Hill - $100 Grant Winner

Founder of I CARE / U CARE, LLC, Mayfield Heights, OH



Pamela is the founder of I CARE / U CARE, LLC. A mentoring and leadership program enriching self-esteem, self-awareness and mental health literacy with a focus on creative artistry to develop positive thoughts and skills that will enable a confident self-image. She is certified in Mental Health First Aid and a Support Group Facilitator trained through NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness.


How the She Boss Up Grant Will Empower Her Business


She had not been able to travel for mentoring sessions, meetings or host workshops, so she needs an active website to interact and reach people in need. The grant will help towards the cost of setting a website for interaction and also help with transportation to meet with the community. It will also help provide materials to mail out for self-care projects and help with the company's overall sustainability.


Learn more about her business at I Care / U Care, LLC and follow her on Facebook.

Congratulations Tyra N Henderson - $100 Grant Winner

Founder of The Element of Touch, Mayfield Hts, Ohio



Tyra N Henderson is a solopreneur that has operated her salon business, The Element of Touch, for five years. She has been a natural nails-only nail therapist for over 20 years. Having faced challenges in her business over the years, she finally opened her own space in early 2020, but six weeks in, she was shut down due to Covid.


How the She Boss Up Grant Will Empower Her Business


Tyra hasn't worked since her business was shut down in March and has not been able to service clients. She was able to make hand and foot kits to sell via social media for a little while, but that wasn't sustainable. The grant will help her get through the initial opening of her salon suite by purchasing supplies and continuing servicing her clients who need more than just nail care. Her clients are mostly diabetics and former cancer patients and they trust her to take care of them.


Learn more about her business on Facebook and Instagram.

Congratulations Angela Sayles - $100 Grant Winner

Founder of Institution of Financial Unity, Cleveland Ohio



Angela Sayles is a community financial educator, service provider, founder, and executive director of the Institution of Financial Unity (financialunity.org) - a non-profit organization working to improve the global black community's overall financial position, particularly young women entrepreneurs. She helps entrepreneurs, small businesses and community organizations understand the importance, impact and fundamentals of personal and business finance functions and systems.


How the She Boss Up Grant Will Empower Her Business


The grant will allow her institution to continue providing administrative support and development of operational processes to essential services provided by her client partners. It will also assist her in procuring additional needed human resources.


Learn more about her business at the Institution of Financial Unity and connect on Facebook.

Congratulations Gabrielle Crichlow - $100 Grant Winner

Founder of A Step Ahead Tutoring Services, Inc., Brooklyn, NY



Gabrielle Crichlow is the founder of A Step Ahead Tutoring Services and has continued to operate it since 2013. Her business continues to change the way that we educate our students and demonstrates that there is more than one way to tackle the academic challenges of all students and the emotional, mental, and behavioral changes that result from these challenges. In doing so, she believes that her efforts will improve the communities in the process.


How the She Boss Up Grant Will Empower Her Business


Due to the pandemic, her business lost clients that tutors were seeing in person. The business had to adapt to online training and continue recruiting tutors. The grant will help her tutoring service continue addressing the academic disparities in working-class families and the lack of education (and re-education) of adult learners. By addressing these disparities, particularly in families of color, Gabrielle Crichlow believes that we can change our students' life trajectories and give them access to opportunities that come easily to families of financial privilege.


Learn more about her business at A Step Ahead Tutoring Services and connect on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Congratulations Angel Richardson - $100 Grant Winner

Founder of Kissed by the Sun Apparel, Inc, Orlando, FL



Angel Richardson started Kissed by the Sun Apparel as a blog on Instagram inspired by a self-love journey from a troubled but yet astonishing young woman. Rather than heal one broken soul, she decided to share her journey to true self-love and pride of her rich melanin and kinks & curls! Then, she decided to create expressive apparel, tailored exclusively to continue Black pride and self-love amongst women of African descent. She aimed to uplift a community of women who needed her the most - black women!


How the She Boss Up Grant Will Empower Her Business


Due to COVID-19, her business sales potential significantly decreased and soon ceased due to shoppers no longer having the extra funds to buy clothes or accessories. The grant will impact her local community by providing job preservation for her employees and providing customers their wants and needs. Her apparel company offers emotional support for consumers in a hectic time by giving positive affirmations and promoting self-love for women. My brand supports a community of women who are often put-down and receives little support.


Learn more about her business at Kissed by the Sun Apparel and connect on Facebook here and here and Instagram here and here.

Congratulations Brittney Atkins - $100 Grant Winner

Founder of Grow With Me Educational Center, Detroit, Michigan



Grow With Me Educational Center (GWM), owned and operated by Ms. Brittney Atkins, is an early childhood facility that functions as a school. GWM harnesses the precious moments in early childhood and fills them with learning and fun. GWM services children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years of age during the school year. In the months of June through September, GWM extends the age to 12.


GWM provides a curriculum created by Brittney called Learn First Early Childhood Curriculum. The program includes but is not limited to literacy, mathematics, social skills, imaginative play, gross and fine motor skills, communication skills, sign language and the arts. The challenge has been the complete shutdown of the physical facility regarding the holding of classes and extended daycare for kids 6 months to 2 years old.


How the She Boss Up Grant Will Empower Her Business


This grant would allow her to hire someone to advertise daily on social media outlets and the web to help GWM increase enrollment rates. More children ages 1 to 5 can be better prepared for K-12 education, having achieved the academic skills taught from GWM in areas of math, reading and science. To that end, more urban area students will have better test scores within the Detroit Public School system, which increases funding for Detroit schools.


Learn more about her business at Grow With Me Educational Center and connect on Facebook and Instagram.

Together, We Can Achieve so Much! Together, we RISE!!!


Women business owners are the foundation of communities everywhere. We are a leading demographic starting new businesses in record numbers and a major contributor to a strong economy, employing members of our communities, investing in our communities and upholding our communities. However, many women entrepreneurs and business owners have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


At She Boss Talk, we believe that together, we can achieve so much together. Our She Boss Up Relief Fund provides funding to small business owners to help them thrive and win. We celebrate our grant winners today and say we're in this together as we look forward to raising our first $100,000 in donations to build the fund to help 1000 women business owners get relief.


We invite you to join our She Boss Up campaign! Donate and celebrate women in business with us! All donations are welcome. To ensure you get notified of our next grant applications, stay in the know of other grant opportunities, all the fabulous things we're doing and how you can get involved, connect with us now.

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