Each spring, Women-n-Charge offers two $1,000 grant opportunities to local business women for business or career advancement in the form of business related equipment or services or continuing education.
In order to raise the funds for these special grants, each year Women-n-Charge holds a tea event which enables us to offer these grants to local deserving business women. Last year The Law Offices of Lucas Magazine generously volunteered to be the Event Sponsor yet again! 2018 will be the 14th year the grants have been awarded and the tea to raise funds for next year's grants will be held in the fall. To learn more about our past tea fundraiser, please visit the Tea page.
The two grants were awarded to not two, but three area business owners for $1,500 each rather than the planned $1,000 grants! Due to WNC savings and outstanding support of our annual fundraiser, we were able to give more this year! The 2018 grants were awarded at our March 2, 2018 meeting. Please see below for details about the winners and judges from the 2018 grants.
For more information about the grant program, please contact Judy Nicolosi, WNC Treasurer & Past President at Judy@HomesInTampa.biz or 813-600-9848.
Thank You 2018 Grant Judges
Doris Hogan is Owner and Aging Life Care Professional with Hogan's Helpers, which assists families with whatever challenge they are facing with their loved ones, from coordinating the best in-home services, to managing medical appointments, to selecting the most appropriate senior community.
Paula O'Neil, Ph. D.
Paula has been the Pasco County Clerk and Comptroller since January 2009. Paula summed up all the judges sentiments best when she said every applicant she reviewed was so worthy, she'd like to have enough money to give each one $1,000.
Brenda Cassato is the Founder of Senior Information Resources, which is a group of professionals who help people over the age of 50 remain independent, healthy, and aging in place. Learn more at www.seniorinformationresources.org.
2018 Grant Recipients
Grant Awards Given on March 2, 2018! Two of the WNC Grant Winners pictured here (from left): Connie Carter of Gorgeous Growlers Grooming; Judy Nicolosi, WNC Treasurer; Brenda Cassato, Grant Judge; Doris Hogan, Grant Judge; Jennifer Garner, Esq.; and Yvette Behmer of The Law Office of Lucas Magazine who was the Event Sponsor of the 2017 Tea Fundraiser that helped make these grants possible!
Connie is the owner of Gorgeous Growlers Grooming. She provides low stress dog grooming services in a boutique, spa-like salon using products with natural ingredients. Connie plans to use these funds to create a retail store space in her salon, as she often recommends products and grooming tools for clients to use at home.
Jennifer A. Garner, Esq.
Jennifer is a real estate attorney and opened her practice, Jennifer A. Garner, PA, 2 years ago. She intends to use the funds to add a complete new division to her law firm. Jennifer will become mediation certified so that she can provide mediation services in the community, which will expand her business.
Mary Roxanne Harmon
Roxanne is the owner of Murals and More. With the funds she received, she will be expanding her services to include printed pieces that are customizable, by purchasing a needed digital art tablet and building a new website. This will expand Roxanne's artwork to not only prints but to products as well such as decor, t-shirts, bags, mugs, and more!