Founders First CDC Announces 2022 Kitty Fund Grant Recipients for Mom-Preneurs

Fifty (50) Small Businesses Owned by Mothers Awarded Micro-Grant in Honor of Mother's Day

Kitty Fund Grant Celebrates Mom-preneurs

Founders First CDC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that empowers expansion and job creation in diverse founder-led, revenue-generating businesses, announced the fifty (50) grant recipients of its 2022 Kitty Fund

The Kitty Fund makes micro-investments in mothers who are running employer-based small businesses. The awards, granted in honor of Mother's Day, were inspired by Founders First CEO Kim Folsom's mother, Catherine "Kitty" Abrams Tadlock Webster, who passed away in March 2020.

The 50 mom-preneurs for 2022 are:

Brandy Archie AccessAble Living
Adriane Alvarez Adriane Alvarez
Pamela Fullerton Advocacy and Education Consulting
MJ Cunningham
Lani Cabral Pasao Angels Over Us
Nicole Murphy Barter Black
Brianna Hairlson Bri's Dance Place
Jeanette Burton Burton photography
Crystal Wash CERA
Valarie McGhee Children Are Heroes Learning Center
Vickie Cobb-Lucien Embrace Health
Kiara Moore Embracing Oak Therapy
Reneta Jenik Foodom
Breonna Vereen Imani Cowrie
Amanda Ma Innovate Marketing Group
Naijean Bernard Jeany's Caribbean Elixirs
Alexandra Register KLSD
Larisa Lopez LL Services
Lois Tiedemann Koffi Lois Koffi Enterprises
Givona Sandiford Melospeech
Sonia Smith-Kang Mixed Up Clothing
Tenisha Hopkins Mogul Mompreneurs
Denise Fernander MOMpreneur Success Academy
Kerri Honeywood Moon Cycle Mama Doula and Wellness
Lisa Marsh MsPsGFree
Linda Stewart Multi Level Apparel Group/The T-Shirt Spot
Delasber Sanders Amoree's Journey
LaKya Boone-White Oily Herb Soap Company
Jala Eaton On My Own Financial
Yenny James Paradigm Doulas
Arlidian Pearson Pearson Workforce Solutions
Sylvia Kan Pulse Instruments
Rashida Reese ReBirth Marketing & Consulting
Ruby Gordon Scent by Kennadi
Michelle Turner-Young Soulfire Movement
Cara Pitts Southern Roots Vegan Bakery
Geetha Jayaraman Spoon and Sprout
Tina Fears Stage Ready
Jasmine Williams Sunny and Ted
Takala Fomond TBF Diagnostic
CJ Harris That's So Creative
Roseline Joseph The Answer Management Services
Helsa Thompson The Aura House
Madilynn Beck The Better Spot
LaTeasha Gaither-Davis Therapeutic Focus
Victoria Prince Tori Prince Beauty
Claire Risoli Toro y Leon
Lashawnda Tillis Visionz
Davinna Warren Warren's Divine Homes
Erica McCullom Web Designs 4 Less

"Women have always faced discrimination in securing small business funding," said Josaline Cuesta, Senior California Program Manager for Small Business Majority. "The pandemic only exacerbated disparities in accessing funding and resources that were already in place. An estimated 90% of women and minority-owned small businesses were shut out of federal emergency funding during the height of the pandemic, despite most women needing access to government aid to continue operating their business. That's why we are honored to support the Kitty Fund. Since its creation in 2020, this grant has successfully bridged the funding gap for more than 100 mom-led small businesses and encouraged the growth of diverse small businesses throughout the country. We are happy to support programs that foster resiliency and promote business resources for women."

The 2019 State of Women-Owned Business Report commissioned by American Express reports that women own about 42 percent of U.S. small businesses, or almost 13 million businesses. According to the SBA, women-owned businesses employ 10.1 million workers and collect $1.8 trillion in receipts. It's estimated that one in three of these businesses is owned by a mom, representing more than four million businesses. 

Learn more:

About Founders First CDC

Founders First CDC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) founded in 2015 to empower diverse founder-led, revenue-generating small businesses through accelerator programs. By building recurring revenues, tech-enablement, and essential solution focus, Founders First serves as a catalyst for positive change to entrepreneurs of color and female founders to become leading employers in their communities.

Source: Founders First CDC