Group assists businesswomen in Valley
Women in Networking, a progressive lead and networking group
affiliated with the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, is
seeking applicants for its annual WIN Entrepreneurial Grant.
philanthropic program provides financial
assistance to women in business, 18 years of age or older in Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby,
Oxford, Seymour, and Shelton.
The WIN grant, celebrating its 10th year of providing
grants to area women, can be used for expenses to enhance the
applicant’s current business or to start a new business.
may include: equipment, tuition, books, transportation,
business wardrobe or childcare necessary to reach the applicant’s
Since its inception in 2004, the WIN grant has benefited 29 women- owned businesses in the Valley with more than $28,000 in grants.
2007, the WIN Entrepreneurial Grant became a new named fund with the
Valley Community Foundation allowing contributions
to be made directly to this designated fund.
But what speaks even
louder than the statistics are the testimonials.
For Jean Mai, a grant recipient in 2008, just $500 was enough to give
her the breathing room she needed to purchase supplies for her
business, Science Snoopers, which provides educational programs for
children in the areas of nature, animals, the body, habitats
and other science themes. “It’s the little things that so many kids
miss these days. That’s what I try to teach them how to see the little
things outside – bugs, tracks in the snow, the like.”
Prior to receiving
the grant, Mai had to purchase supplies
for her programs one by one. By having the cushion, she was able to
have an inventory of supplies and developed four new programs that year
She participated in the WIN group for the year following the
grant and noted “through WIN, I see how hard that
women work to make their businesses a success and are real goal
Kim Dulka was awarded a $1,500 grant this past year from the WIN
group. She is the owner of the All American Valley General Store in
Seymour and used the funds to install kitchen sinks in order to serve
food at the store. “I couldn’t have done it without
WIN. I am now able to offer farm fresh lunch, which is a huge portion
of our business.”
Past grant recipient, Mandy Oram, of Paws & Kisses Pet Sitting
Service, LLC, comments, "The WIN grant helped me make a success of my
business. Through the award, I purchased a computer and software that
enabled me to automate my client files and scheduling
which saved me precious time to concentrate on expanding the business. Being a WIN grant recipient is about more than just the grant money. The help and support of the professional, friendly and
knowledgeable WIN members over the ensuing years
has been invaluable,” Oram said.
Megan Crandlemire, owner of Starboard Digital confirmed, “I was
fortunate to receive a WIN Grant in 2011 to purchase a laptop, allowing
me to meet with clients in person and give visual demonstrations of my
work. This has been a tremendous asset to my business.
The grant helped expose me to networking opportunities and new
relationships which have helped Starboard Digital thrive professionally
and me personally.”
Appletini Harvest fund-raiser
WIN raises money for the Grant program through its annual silent
auction event. Local businesses and supporters are encouraged to
participate through sponsorships and the donation of items for auction.
This year’s Appletini Harvest event will be held 3-6 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Inn at Villa
Bianca, 312 Roosevelt Drive, Seymour.
Cost per person is $40, which includes martini tasting, hor
d’oeuvres, door prizes, and a silent auction.
drinkers, a cash bar will be available. A special discounted pre-fixed
menu dinner is offered at Tavern 1757 for Appletini attendees with
advance reservations. Call the restaurant at 203-516-5461 for
Debi Molfese, WIN member, Marketing Director of Villa Bianca, and
2013 Chair of the Appletini Harvest Silent Auction offered, “We are
grateful for the many local businesses that provide sponsorship through
advertising and donated items to be auctioned.
It is a fun time with great food, drink, prizes, and auction items.”
Minimum grant is $500
The minimum one-time grant is $500. Greater amounts may be awarded
according to individual needs and funds available.
Call 203-925-4981 for information about the grant application, which
can be downloaded from the Greater Valley Chamber
of Commerce website at
www.greatervalleychamber.com and by clicking on the WIN link.
Grant applications must be postmarked by Oct. 4, 2013.
Applicants will be evaluated on a nondiscriminatory basis without
consideration of race, national origin, religious affiliation or
Grant recipient(s) will be announced in December
during the WIN holiday luncheon.
Recipient(s) will also be invited to a
complimentary one-year membership to the WIN Group.
Tickets may be purchased from any WIN member, via the Chamber’s website at
or by calling the Chamber, 203-925-4981.
payable to the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber also
accepts Discover, Visa, MasterCard or AMEX.
the first group of its kind to service the six-town region of the
Greater Valley. Founded in 2002, the group was formed by a successful
group of businesswomen who meet to discuss common
issues. Meetings are conducted on the second and fourth Tuesdays of
each month at the GVCC office or off-site at a Chamber member location.
Social and educational events are scheduled throughout the
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