Six entrepreneurs receive grants from Women in Networking

Six members of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce in were recently chosen as winners of the 10th annual Women in Networking Entrepreneurial Grant program. The WIN grant is a named fund with the Valley Community Foundation. WIN is one of three leads groups affiliated with the Chamber.

As states in a press release, the grant recipients are: Nicole Heriot, owner of Bring the Hoopla, Shelton, at $1500; Linda Drost, owner of Daily Aromatherapy, Ansonia, at $1100; JoElle Anderson, owner of Dragonflies, Seymour at $1000; Alyssa Antonucci, Beads by Alyssa, Ansonia, at $600; Jaime Aulet, Jaime’s Barefoot Books Boutique, Shelton, at $500; and Wendy Hahn, owner of Connecticut Chocolate Pie LLC (dba Chocolate Pizza Company), Shelton, with a WBDC Scholarship.

The six winners will receive their grants during WIN’s holiday luncheon tomorrow at the Courtyard by Marriott in Shelton. All funds distributed have been collected from WIN membership dues and fundraisers.

“We are pleased to continue the legacy of awarding annual grants to well-qualified entrepreneurial women in the Valley,” Courtney George, chair of the WIN Group and a principal and chair of Cohen and Wolf, P.C.’s Employment & Labor Group, said in a statement. “During these difficult economic times, we are pleased to offer over $6,000 in grants in encourage economic development in the Valley.”

The grant program gives financial aid to women over the age of 18 in the Greater Valley areas of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton. The WIN grant can be used for the applicant’s business-related expenses or to found a new business. Recipients are also invited to a complimentary one-year membership to the WIN Group.

Applicants are evaluated on a nondiscriminatory basis without consideration of race, national origin, religious affiliation or disability, the release said. The minimum one-time grant is $500. Greater amounts may be awarded according to individual needs and funds available. Since its inception, WIN has donated over $38,000 to 35 grant recipients.

Olivia Just