The Curly Executive Grant For craftHER Entrepreneurs (2019)
ABOUT THIS GRANT: Designed for women and nonbinary makers and artist-entrepreneurs in the beginning stages of their business (or a new business crossroads), recipients of this grant will receive:

— $500 to kickstart and fund marketing expenses related to new business activity for their creative practice (i.e., launching a new product or service, applying for a new market, etc.)
— year-long access to #BBATX’s workshops and meet-ups
— Waived booth fee for craftHER Market Fall ‘19
— 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)
— Silk flower making workshop at Camellias and Curls HQ in Round Rock, Texas
— 5 class passes to Pon Di Beat dance master classes

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 Proctor & Gamble, Macy’s, and NBC Universal. After 10 years of successfully climbing the corporate 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.

In addition to founding Curly Executive Mélissa is the artist behind Camellias and Curls, a handmade flower hair accessories brand, and the creator of Pon Di Beat, a Dance Hall and Afrobeat dance masterclass series in Austin and Houston, Texas. This grant’s purpose is to support fellow makers, artists, and performing artists 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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