Meet Our Grant Winners

All Participants Learn and Grow

More than just the grants, our participants learn how to pitch a business, make valuable network connections, find other funding sources, and make the news! 

2021 News Stories:

ABC4 News – GMU

2019 Event News Stories:

ABC4 News
Salt Lake Tribune

Congratulations to our 2021 Grant Winners

Our 2021 Winners Are:

People’s Choice Award $1000 grant – Corinne Zinn with Park City Creamery

In 5th place winning a $2000 grant – Anna Whisler with Family Solutions Counseling 

In 4th place winning a $2500 grant – Juliette Bautista with Club Ability

In 3rd place winning a $3000 grant – Exancia Midy with JEMLYS

In 2nd place winning a $3500 grant – Maria Lara Posso with A Mano Artisan Pasta

And the 1st place winner of a $5000 grant to grow her business – Corinne Zinn with Park City Creamery

Congratulations! We look forward to seeing your growth and watching you make a difference in the lives of those you serve.


Congratulations to our 2020 Grant Winners

Here is a full list of all the businesses that won grant money provided from the proceeds of last year’s event. To read more, visit the Women’s Business Center of Utah’s blog post.

The first place Wendy J. English Grant For Growth of $5,000 was awarded to Kathy Anderson, owner of Little Apple’s Child Care Center in Granstville.

In addition to the Wendy J. English Grant For Growth, finalists received the following grants:

The following women business owners were each awarded a $500 WEC grant:

The following women business owners were each awarded a $250 WEC grant:

Congratulations to our 2019 Grant Winners

We had some amazing panelists, food, vendors, and business pitches at this year’s conference. Congratulations to all to participated!

  • $5,000 Kara Lewis, Glen Ray’s Corn Maze, Spanish Fork
  • $2,250 Claudia Hinojosa, Green Janitorial Services LLC, Magna
  • $1,750 Amber Murray, See Your Strength, St.George (See Your Strength was also the People’s Choice Award winner this year!)
  • $1,500 Kirstin McCoy, Little Sharks Swim Academy, Cedar City
  • $1,250 Zara Ahmed, Raclette Machine, Salt Lake City
  • $1,000 Julia Stolworthy, Sweet and Knotty Bakery, Cedar City

Our contestants who made it to the semi final round and were each awarded a $500 WEC grant:

  • Jamaica Trinnaman, Hello!Bulk Markets LLC, Salt Lake City
  • Rebecca Sorensen, Whimsical Window Painting, Provo
  • Monica Fangupo, WOODcetera LLC, West Valley City
  • Petra Vigil, Petra’s Backstubchen LLC, Roy
  • Nashelle Jackson, Vernal Theatre LIVE, Vernal
  • Imane Dotson, Cut To The Taste, Salt Lake City

We are excited to be able to do more grants this year than last. Even our Quater Finalists were able to win grant money.
The following women business owners were each awarded a $250 WEC grant:

  • Crystalee Beck, The Mama Ladder, Ogden
  • Dana Williamson, Wasteless Solutions, Salt Lake City
  • Jazmin Lister, JB Legacy, Paragonah
  • Jessica Musgrave, Boudica Defense, Vernal
  • Karolee Koller, Heartspeak Counseling, Payson
  • Kate Hansen, Culinesco, LLC, Bountiful
  • Kelly Seale, KeyMaster Electronics, Orem
  • Mariana Vazquez, Crown Fine Foods LLC, Millcreek
  • Marlena Wilding, La Mere Clothing, Mapleton
  • May Anderson, Working Mom’s Connection, Richfield
  • Sheri Gibb, Clever Clever Octopus Inc, Murray

Congratulations to our 2018 Grant Winners

$ 1,000.00 People’s Choice Award
Kaltum Mohamed, Mother of All, Sudanese Food Truck, Salt Lake City, UT

$ 1,000.00 Grants
Lori Hanna, Perks! Espresso & Smoothies, Pop-Up Coffee, St. George, UT
Ruth Braga, Bear-O Care Services, Care for People with Multiple Disabilities – Riverton, UT

$ 1,500.00 Grant
Teri Toro, Letterman Supply Company, Letterman Items for Educational Institutions, Salt Lake City, UT

$ 2,250.00 Grant
Kaltum Mohamed, Mother of All, Sudanese Food Truck – Salt Lake City, UT

$ 5,000 Grant
Juliette Eames, FourBears, Customized Family Stories/Books – Provo, UT

Congratulations ladies!!! Thank you for your hard work and passion for your business. You inspired everyone in the room!!!

#womenrockbiz #wec2018 #utwng #utahsown #wbcutah

Congratulations to our 2017 Grant Winners

2017 Grant Winners
$5,000 Makiko Hirato, Makiko’s Daycare – Salt Lake City, UT
$2,000 Rebecca Vallette, Essential Life Solutions – Syracuse, UT
$1,000 Ann Atkin, Meth Mob Decontaminators – Provo, UT
And $ 1,000 People’s Choice Award
$ 500.00 Grants
Emily Potts, Sugar House Coffee, Salt Lake City, UT
MaryAnn Alston, Urban Farm & Feed, Sandy, UT
Yupin Charoen, Laan Na Thai, Salt Lake City

Congratulations ladies!!! Thank you for your hard work and passion for your business. You inspired everyone in the room!!!

#womenrockbiz #wec2017 #utwng #utahsown #wbcutah

Mother of All

Kaltum Mohamed

Finalist – Kaltum Mohamed, owner of Mother of Ali, Spice Kitchen Incubator.
perks! Espresso & Smoothies

Lori Hanna

Finalist – Lori Hanna, owner of Perks! Espresso & Smoothies St. George, UT.

Juliette Eames

Finalist – Juliette Eames, owner of FourBears.
bear-o-care services

Ruth Braga

Finalist – Ruth Braga, owner of Bear-O Care Services for People with Multiple Disabilities.
Letterman supply company

Teri Toro

Finalist – Teri Toro, owner of Letterman Supply Company.
kindness & co.

Susan Johnston

Semi-finalist: Susan Johnston, owner of Kindness & Co.
love your pet bakery

Valarie Kamdar

Semi-finalist: Valarie Kamdar, owner of Love Your Pet Bakery.

Tiffany Young

Semi-finalist: Tiffany Young, owner of Thinhairthick.
mother earth fragrance co.

Susanne Burbank

Semi-finalist: Susanne Burbank, owner of Mother Earth Fragrance Company.
ink oil

Kathleen Petersen

Semi-finalist: Kathleen Petersen, owner of Ink Oil.
Cottonwood archaeology

Hannah Russell

Semi-finalist: Hannah Russell, owner of Cottonwood Archaeology, LLC.
Forefront Dental Hygiene

Heidi Gardiner

Semi-finalist: Heidi Gardiner, owner of Forefront Dental Hygiene.

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