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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.


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 ArchieAccessAble Living
Adriane AlvarezAdriane Alvarez
Pamela FullertonAdvocacy and Education Consulting
Lani Cabral PasaoAngels Over Us
Nicole MurphyBarter Black
Brianna HairlsonBri’s Dance Place
Jeanette BurtonBurton photography
Crystal WashCERA
Valarie McGheeChildren Are Heroes Learning Center
Vickie Cobb-LucienEmbrace Health
Kiara MooreEmbracing Oak Therapy
Reneta JenikFoodom
Breonna VereenImani Cowrie
Amanda MaInnovate Marketing Group
Naijean BernardJeany’s Caribbean Elixirs
Alexandra RegisterKLSD
Larisa LopezLL Services
Lois Tiedemann KoffiLois Koffi Enterprises
Givona SandifordMelospeech
Sonia Smith-KangMixed Up Clothing
Tenisha HopkinsMogul Mompreneurs
Denise FernanderMOMpreneur Success Academy
Kerri HoneywoodMoon Cycle Mama Doula and Wellness
Lisa MarshMsPsGFree
Linda StewartMulti Level Apparel Group/The T-Shirt Spot
Delasber SandersAmoree’s Journey
LaKya Boone-WhiteOily Herb Soap Company
Jala EatonOn My Own Financial
Yenny JamesParadigm Doulas
Arlidian PearsonPearson Workforce Solutions
Sylvia KanPulse Instruments
Rashida ReeseReBirth Marketing & Consulting
Ruby GordonScent by Kennadi
Michelle Turner-YoungSoulfire Movement
Cara PittsSouthern Roots Vegan Bakery
Geetha JayaramanSpoon and Sprout
Tina FearsStage Ready
Jasmine WilliamsSunny and Ted
Takala FomondTBF Diagnostic
CJ HarrisThat’s So Creative
Roseline JosephThe Answer Management Services
Helsa ThompsonThe Aura House
Madilynn BeckThe Better Spot
LaTeasha Gaither-DavisTherapeutic Focus
Victoria PrinceTori Prince Beauty
Claire RisoliToro y Leon
Lashawnda TillisVisionz
Davinna WarrenWarren’s Divine Homes
Erica McCullomWeb 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. 

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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.



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