HIGH FIVE GRANT for Moms™
Welcome, Mama! Want to know when we open up applications in Winter 2019 for this $5,000 grant?
Congratulations to Ellyse Harris, grant winner of $5,000 to grow her business, Leesie and Pip.
Leesie and Pip creates whimsical heirloom dolls that are handmade from quality materials produced in the United States. For every doll purchased a book is donated to a child in need.
All finalists are listed are below in alphabetical order for their business name. Click on their picture to check out their business.
HIGH FIVE Grant for Moms™ is a semi-annual $5,000 business grant empowering mom entrepreneurs to make massive impact. Hosted by The Mama Ladder® and sponsored by Belly Bandit, this grant provides economic empowerment for promising mom entrepreneurs to build their business.
This grant is about much more than money. For us, it's about fulfilling our mission. It's about helping a promising mom entrepreneur make more IMPACT. The winner of this grant will:
See the following dates for our first semi-annual HIGH FIVE Grant for Moms™. We look forward to your application!
Applications open here, just in time for U.S. Mother's Day! Mom entrepreneurs from around the world are welcome to apply through 11:59 p.m. MT on June 1.
A judging panel of successful entrepreneurs (see below) who support mom-founded businesses will narrowed down entries from around to world to just eight (8) promising finalists.
Eight (8) finalists were announced, featuring their business story. From June 11-June 20, 2018, more than 8,000 votes came to decide the favorite mom-founded business.
More than 9.1 million firms in the U.S. alone are owned by women. (National Association of Women Business Owners)
Yet in 2016, only 2.19% of VC funds went to women-owned businesses. (Fortune)
We see motherhood as your greatest advantage as an entrepreneur, and running a business as powerful training for leading at home.
Selected for their experience as business owners and passion for empowering women, the HIGH FIVE Judging Panel will narrow down applications from around the world to eight (8) finalists. We express appreciation for volunteering their time for this worthy cause.
Lori is the COO & Co-founder of Belly Bandit®. Lori along with her two sisters, Jodi and Kari founded the company in 2008 with the introduction of the Belly Bandit® Belly Wrap, a postpartum compression wrap that would revolutionize the body after baby marketplace. Doctor-recommended and mom-endorsed, the wrap modernized the ancient practice of belly binding and quickly turned Belly Bandit® into a new mom must-have. Belly Bandit® products are sold in more than 1000 retailers nationwide and over 80 countries worldwide. To learn more about Lori and the “Sisterpreneurs of Shapewear” head to bellybandit.com.
Serial entrepreneur, family man, education advocate, community volunteer, and philanthropist, Alan E. Hall has a personal mission to create jobs and lift local economies. As a business leader and investor, he has brought thousands of jobs to countries worldwide over the past three decades. Alan served as founder and managing director of Mercato Partners, a top-performing growth equity venture capital fund.
Alan is also the founder, chairman and former CEO of MarketStar Corporation, a global outsourced marketing and sales company. With his wife, Jeanne, he gives back through the Alan & Jeanne Hall Foundation with the motto of “no poor among us.”
Katie is a wife, mother of four, business owner, author, speaker and coach. She cofounded www.Puj.com with her husband from their garage and built it into a globally recognized eight-figure brand. She has been featured on the cover of Entrepreneur magazine, and her products have been seen on Ellen, Raechel Ray Show, The Today Show and several other national media outlets. Now she's passionate about helping others do the same thing. She coaches an exclusive group of committed men and women who want to want to take their business and life to the next level. See more about this leader of leaders at katierichardson.com.
We're looking to help promising mom entrepreneurs make massive IMPACT. Our ideal grant recipient:
Sponsors of the HIGH FIVE Grant for Moms™ are moms who created their own powerful entrepreneurial story. One mom with one BIG idea can truly make a world of difference. Why not YOU too?
Belly Bandit was founded by three entrepreneur sisters that were determined to find a solution to post-pregnancy body blues. In 2008, their research, perseverance and sisterly support resulted in the creation of Belly Bandit®, a postpartum compression wrap that would revolutionize the body after baby marketplace. The year 2018 marks Belly Bandit’s® 10th Anniversary. In honor of this milestone, Belly Bandit’s® boutique collection will add ten new SKUs to its lineup, including a completely redesigned Belly Bandit® Belly Wrap, their first maternity athleisure line, C-section Briefs and many more patented products. As a women-owned and operated company Belly Bandit® is dedicated to supporting other female entrepreneurs, via mentorship and their ‘Moms Who Made It’ blog series. For more information about Belly Bandit, its products and blog series, visit www.bellybandit.com.
Dear Mama in business,
Congrats! You're here because you want to take bold entrepreneur action with big heart. HIGH FIVE for being serious about your business.
Quick personal story: While expecting my second baby, I was laid off from my corporate ladder job. When my boy was born, no job offered the flexibility I needed with two kids under age two. As my babies grew, our family finances shrank. I'd earned a master's degree, and now buying a pack of gum at the grocery store was beyond my budget? Although unsure of my next steps, I took action and “created my own ladder” by launching a marketing company in 2016.
My first client made a deposit of $5,000. That capital gave me the confidence I needed to grow my business. I worked with powerful mentors. I immersed myself in business training. I worked (and played) hard. The next year, I turned that initial $5,000 payment into a team of eight writers, 29 clients including world-leading tech brands, and $100,000+ revenue in my business. The best part? Working on my own terms part-time gives me joyful freedom to keep my kids as my priority.
We want to see YOU have the same kind of MOMentum. At The Mama Ladder®, we empower you to create your own ladder and climb after business dreams that fit your family. We invite you to apply for this $5,000 grant. Let's see what you can do!
High fives from here,
Mama of two · Cofounder, The Mama Ladder® · Owner, Professional Communication Consulting, LLC