Meet 8 New Finalists! High Five Grant for Moms (Summer 2019)

Drumroll, please … we’re thrilled to announce the eight finalists of the Summer 2019 High Five Grant for Moms competition!

HIGH FIVE Grant for Moms™ is a semi-annual $5,000 international business grant competition. Co-hosted by The Mama Ladder® and Belly Bandit®, this grant provides economic empowerment for mom-owned businesses.

This summer’s grant is generously sponsored by Mute Six and INFINITI HR, and we thank them for their support of women in business!

In the summer 2019 competition, there were 130 impressive applicants from five countries, including Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the United States. All applicants shared about their marketability, uniqueness, vision, and impact.

The Judging Panel selected the following fantastic finalists, based on their written applications. Listed in alphabetical order:

High Five Grant for Moms finalists Summer 2019

VOTE for your favorite mom-owned business

Public voting is open from July 9-16 to determine which of these finalists will receive the $5,000 USD grant to grow her/their business. All finalists are being awarded prizes, which you can see at The grant recipient will be announced July 18, 2019.

Announcing Winter 2019 Finalists of the High Five Grant for Moms

We are pleased to announce the 8 finalists of the Winter 2019 High Five Grant for Moms competition! We’re feeling the finalist LOVE for Valentine’s Day.

HIGH FIVE Grant for Moms™ is a semi-annual $5,000 international business grant competition. Hosted by The Mama Ladder® and sponsored by Belly Bandit®, this grant provides economic empowerment for mom-owned businesses.

In this round, there were 175 applicants from across the U.S., Canada, Nigeria, and Jamaica.

After much deliberation, the Judging Panel decided on the following 8 finalists, listed in alphabetical order:

High Five GRant for Moms Finalists

VOTE for your favorite mom-owned business

Public voting is open from February 14-20 to determine which of these finalists will receive the $5,000 USD grant check and a trip to #MamaSpringBreak Business & Adventure Retreat. All finalists are being awarded prizes, which you can see at The winner will be announced February 21, 2019.

Why It's Time to Pay Yourself In Your Business

I know too many women who don't pay themselves in their business. 

So today's message is my declaration: You absolutely deserve to pay yourself, and if you are your own boss, IT IS YOUR JOB.

Otherwise, you've got an expensive hobby. 

You see, hobbies don't pay you. Business does.

Being compensated is not selfish. It’s actually loving yourself enough to recognize what your ideas, effort, and creative energy are worth.

If you’re not paying yourself yet in your business, read on for why you need to start … this month.


Why entrepreneurs don’t pay themselves

The reason you’re likely not paying yourself is fear of not having enough in your business. Maybe you’ve been told that sacrifice is the only way to make it as a startup. Maybe someone advised you to wait until you have a certain amount in your business bank account--and then it’s safe to pay yourself. Any of these sound familiar?

Fear of scarcity and limiting beliefs around money are a very real thing. Holding on tight to every dollar and cent that comes into your business might seem like the logical thing to do, especially according to an accountant, but it can actually do damage to your mental power and how you see yourself as a business owner.

The fearful action of not allowing yourself to be paid is the opposite of abundance mentality, or the belief that there will always be enough. And the truth is, when we allow ourselves to receive, we open the door to receiving more.

Do other founders pay themselves in the lean, early years?

While I can’t speak for all start-up founders out there, I do have a mentor who shared with me the details behind his seriously successful entrepreneur story. I wrote his biography and learned about how he approached his own compensation wisely and with a long-term vision in mind.

The outsourced marketing and sales company he started grew slowly, despite his valiant efforts to scale. It took time, persistence, and conservative protection of funds. In the first two years he only took home $5,000 to support his wife and six kids. They lived on food storage and hand-me-down clothes. But you know what? He had a vision, and grew that company to be $200-million+ revenue business with thousands of employees around the world, still thriving 30 years after he started it.

Let’s break this down: The first years were rough. Really rough. He hardly took home anything. His family didn’t make much to live on. But he did take SOMETHING home! And that something grew and grew, until it was much more than where he started.

Why you need to pay yourself, starting TODAY

Whether you have a desperate need for funds in your family finances or you can hold out for years, you need to be compensated for the work you’re doing in business.

There’s something really important that happens in your head when you pay yourself. By cashing in that paycheck, you are declaring in a physical way:

  • I am a real business owner

  • I am making money

  • I value my time

  • I am rewarded for the efforts I’m making

  • I welcome money into my life and invite more!

These messages are really, really important because they empower you to make MORE money. The truth is business is mostly a mental game, and paying yourself is one way to increase your capacity to attract more of what you want.

So whether you feel comfortable paying yourself $25, $2,500, or $25,000, I invite you to set up a recurring payment through your bank. Within the next six months, mark my words, you will start seeing more money flow into your business. Then it will be time to give yourself a raise!

Want to make more money in less time? I’d love to help you. My passion is passing forward what I’ve learned in my six-figure business to other mom entrepreneurs. Reach out to me for 1:1 PowerStep Sessions™ here and I’ll help you take power steps towards your business dreams in ways that fit your family.

Announcing $5,000 HIGH FIVE Grant for Moms™

Your business dream, meet our BIG grant. We are thrilled to announce the opening of our $5,000 grant for promising mom entrepreneurs. Starting May 11, mom business owners from around the world are welcome to apply for this grant.

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®, this grant provides economic empowerment for promising mom entrepreneurs to build their business. 

At The Mama Ladder®, we see motherhood as your greatest advantage as an entrepreneur, and running a business as powerful training for leading at home. You can find more information about this grant on our oh-so-official press release.

High Five Grant for Moms Application


Summer 2018 Grant Timeline 

MAY 11 - JUNE 1, 2018

Applications open May 11, just in time for U.S. Mother's Day! Mom entrepreneurs from around the world are welcome to apply.

JUNE 2 - 10, 2018

A judging panel of successful entrepreneurs (soon to be announced) who support mom-founded businesses will narrow down entries from around to world to just eight (8) promising finalists.

JUNE 11, 2018

Eight (8) finalists will be announced, featuring their business story. (Great way to promote your brand!) From June 11-June 20, 2018 the public will vote on their favorite mom-founded business.

JUNE 21, 2018

The winner of the HIGH FIVE Grant for Moms™ competition announced here! On the one-year anniversary of The Mama Ladder®, we're celebrating by giving $5,000 to a promising mom entrepreneur. Will she be YOU?


Thank you to our incredible sponsors, who help make this grant possible. They are moms who turned big dreams into reality. You can too!

Katie Richardson

Katie is a wife, mother of four, business owner, author, speaker and coach. She cofounded 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


Author, leadership expert, motivational speaker and mompreneur expert empowers women to become their grandest self! “Anybody can be a mom entrepreneur, but a mom entrepreneur extraordinaire is a woman of balance and focus,” states Lady T. As a corporate trainer and motivational speaker, her client list includes United Way, Fred Pryor Seminars, Bell South, Indianapolis Power and Light, Delta Airlines and Kent State University. Her biggest claim to fame is homeschooling her five children for 22 years. To learn more about Lady T’s services and publications, visit

We want to see you have big MOMentum in your business. Apply and let's see what you can do!

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