Gwinnett County AKA Chapter Accepts Applications for $1,000 Biz Grants
$1,000 Economic Success = Partnership Grants Available
Lawrenceville, GA – November 30, 2011, the Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter, along with its non-profit affiliate, The Gwinnett Pearls of Service Foundation, Incorporated, will end the application phase in their second Economic Success = Partnership business grant program.
First awarded at the beginning of 2011, these $1,000 grants were designed to aid newly established businesses owned by African-American women. To stress the importance of building a business within the community, the grants include a membership to the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce.
The ESP grants are awarded to two non-traditional entrepreneurs in an effort to help them increase their area of influence and reach their full potential. “In today’s economic climate, women are finding opportunities to cultivate their niche and focus on gaining a piece of the market share,” said Sarah Lewis, Upsilon Alpha Omega Vice President/Program Chairman. “While starting and sustaining a business is no small task, many women are choosing entrepreneurship as a means to securing their future.” Kathy Jackson, president of Upsilon Alpha Omega, added, “We are honored to support these dreams by providing a stipend that could push these new and rising businesses to the next level. We care, and we want them to succeed.”
Applicants must have a business that is three years old or younger, must have a valid business license and must have a business account (awards will not be written to individuals). For-profit and not-for-profit businesses are welcome to apply. Applications for the ESP grant can be downloaded from http://upsilonalphaomega.com/upsilonalphaomega/?page_id=34. Scroll to the bottom of the page to download a description of the award and the application.
The Upsilon Alpha Omega chapter and Gwinnett Pearls of Service Foundation strive to not only empower the nontraditional entrepreneur, but to also make an investment in the economic betterment of Gwinnett .
Upsilon Alpha Omega, the Gwinnett County Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, has served the County and beyond since 1994 and is nearly 200 members strong. For more information about the chapter, visit www.upsilonalphaomega.com.
The Gwinnett Pearls of Service Foundation, Incorporated is the non-profit 501(c)(3) affiliate of the Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter. Gwinnett Pearls of Service Foundation was established on October 13, 2005, in Gwinnett County, Georgia. The purpose of the foundation is to focus on education, health, youth development and mentoring. Visit www.gwinnettpearlsofservice.com for more information on the foundation.