TWU’s Center for Women in Business Announces Micro Grant Awardees

May 1, 2018 Texas Woman’s University’s Center for Women in Business announced the recipients of its inaugural Women’s Enterprise Training and Micro Grant Program.

The following awardees received $5,000 each to start or expand their businesses:

  • LaMonica Birmingham, KLAK Freight Services, LLC, McKinney
  • Faith Camp, Steps of Faith (foot apparel), Houston
  • Juliana Cutrer, A Rare Jewel Apparel (jeweled t-shirts), Dallas
  • Pamela Gilland, scissor sharpening business, Denton
  • Heather Gregory, Bloom NTX (flower farm), Gainesville
  • Antoinette Henthorne, Insignia Public Safety (uniform supplier), Denton
  • Artashia Johnson, Impromptu Hair Extensions, LLC, Houston
  • Tawney Laney, Picture This! Photo & Video Booth Rentals, Aubrey
  • Chrissy Mallouf/Darby Merriman, M Squared Real Estate, Inc., Denton
  • Carolyn Phillips, Alchemy Pops (popsicles), Fort Worth

Grant funding will be used for the purchase of machinery, equipment, technology, acquisition of new inventory or raw materials, purchase and installation of fixtures or display units, property improvements, marketing or other business-related activity that is aligned with the purpose of the program. The enterprise had to be an existing or to-be-formed woman-owned, for profit business with five or fewer employees.

Awardees were required to complete a small business training course hosted by the CWB in order to receive funding. The course covered topics such as business plan development, marketing, legal and accounting and financing.

“The Center for Women’s Business was proud to be able to utilize this program to support and encourage women-owned businesses in Texas to undertake new and innovative projects,” said Shannon Mantaro, director of the Center for Women in Business.

Another round of funding will be announced this fall.

About TWU’s Center for Women in Business

Texas Woman’s University’s Center for Women in Business is the state’s only university center dedicated to women’s entrepreneurship and business ownership. The CWB provides the tools for woman-owned businesses to succeed including access to training, funding, coaching, networking events and mentoring opportunities for prospective business owners and students. To learn more, visit or call 940-898-2895.

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