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Posted on March 15, 2012
Deadline: May 15, 2012
Eileen Fisher Invites Women Entrepreneurs to Apply for Business Grant Program
Women's clothing retailer Eileen Fisher provides support to woman entrepreneurs through their annual Business Grant Program.
The program seeks applicants from wholly women-owned businesses that combine the principles of social consciousness, sustainability, and innovation to create new businesses or invigorate existing ones. In addition to the key social principals, applicants must have a solid business plan and a strategy for long term growth.
To be considered for a grant, businesses must produce products that foster environmental and economic health in the global community. (The program is not designed for consulting services, medical practices, and general services. It favors product-based enterprises.)
Two business categories are eligible for the grant: established businesses and start-ups. An established enterprise will have been in business at least three years and be ready to develop the next stage of its business plan. A start-up (less than three years in business) will be considered based on a solid business plan, the ability to show how the grant money will enhance the growth of the business at this time, and financial documents that demonstrate the current health and future potential of the business.
Only for-profit businesses and for-profit/nonprofit hybrid businesses (social enterprises) are eligible for the grant. (Nonprofit organizations may qualify for funding through other Eileen Fisher grant programs.)
The five grant recipients will each receive a $12,500 grant, mentoring from internal Eileen Fisher teams, and a trip to New York City for a three-day workshop with Eileen Fisher committee members and past grant recipients.
Visit the Eileen Fisher Web site for complete grant program guidelines, the application form, and information on previous grantees.
Primary Subject: Women
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