The Curly Executive Grant For Women of Color Entrepreneurs (2019)
ABOUT THIS GRANT: Designed for women of color entrepreneurs in the beginning stages of their business (or at a new business crossroads), recipients of this grant will receive::

— $1000 to kickstart and fund marketing expenses related to new business activity (i.e., launching a new product or service, opening a new location, etc.)
— year-long access to #BBATX’s workshops and meet-ups
— 6 monthly coaching sessions with the grant’s advisor, Mélissa Peng
— free year-long access to all Curly Executive DIY & guided content (worksheets and webinars)

BEHIND THE FUNDER: The Curly Executive Grants are supported by Mélissa Peng aka Curly Executive a Texas-based Serial Entrepreneur, Business Coach, and YouTuber. Mélissa earned her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and held roles with marketing behemoths including Procter & Gamble, Macy’s, and NBC Universal. After 10 years of successfully climbing the corporate ladder and earning the title of Director of Marketing at the age of 30, she left corporate and her six-figure salary to build a lifestyle focused on pursuing her many passions and her newfound purpose of helping others do the same.

Mélissa is a woman of color and the daughter of a lifelong entrepreneur, this grant’s purpose is to support fellow women of color entrepreneurs in pursuing their passions and taking strategic risks in business.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must fill out this grant’s application, as well as include a video submission. Video Submission Requirements include: 1.) Owner of business must be featured in video, 2.) Video budget must be under $20, 3.) Video must be posted and shared publicly on Youtube, 4.) Title of video must include #BBATX Curly Executive Grant, 5.) Video must be no longer than 5 minutes.

Grant applications opened on April 23 and will close on July 12. Applicants will be notified about their awards by August 9, 2019. Please proceed through the below questionnaire to apply. :)

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What's your racial ethnicity?
Where are you located?
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What is your business name?
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Is this business entirely owned by you?
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What barriers are you currently facing with your business? How are you preparing to combat those barriers?
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Is your business currently profitable? If so, why or why not? (There are no wrong answers.)
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