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Small Business Award

The Melissa Washington Small Business Award (MWSBA) will now be available each quarter beginning in Quarter 2 of 2024. The award will be up to $5,000 and will be up to the discretion of the awards committee and Women Veterans Giving Board of Directors.

Q2 Cycle Applications Are Open!

Application Cycles:

·  Q2 Cycle: Applications open on April 13th and close on June 30th, with awards announced in Q3.

·  Q3 Cycle: Mark your calendars for July 1st to September 30th, with awards presented in Q4.

·  Q4 Cycle: Applications for the final quarter of 2024 open on October 1st and close on December 31st, with awards given in Q1 of 2025.

It's important to note that all 2024 applications from previous quarters will automatically roll over through the 4th quarter. New applications must be submitted for the 2025 cycle starting January 1st. Additionally, previous awardees are not eligible for subsequent awards. 

Here's a brief overview of the application process:

·  Eligibility: The MWSBA is awarded to a woman veteran to start or expand her business.

·  Submission: Applications to be submitted through our website during the submission period.

·  Criteria: We're seeking individuals who demonstrate innovation, resilience, and a commitment to making a positive impact through their ventures.

·  Grant: Recipients will receive up to $5,000, assessment, coaching, certificate of recognition, MWSBA brooch and other benefits.

Required documents to be uploaded within application:

·  P&L or Tax Return

·  Professional Headshot

MWSBA Committee Members:

Chairwoman Jennifer Vollbrecht, Marine Corps (2020 Recipient)
Siobhan Cunningham, Air Force (2021 Recipient)

Leanne Babcock, Air Force Reserves (2019 Recipient)

Beth Beeson, Marine Corps (2018 Recipient)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Do I have to already have an established business?  No
  • I am still on active duty do I qualify?  Yes
  • Since I am only in the start up stages, I do not have any any tax returns or P&Ls. What can I do?   Submit your financial projections.
  • I do not have a professional headshot. Can I submit a regular photo?  Any photo will work. Just be advised, if you are selected as a finalist, this photo will be shared widely!

Congratulations to our 2023 MWSBA Winner!

Ashley Gorbulja

Army Veteran

Founder & CEO

GuideOn Education Consulting LLC.

"This grant arrives at a critical moment ensuring financial stability, helping GuideOn Education Consulting LLC navigate contracting, and propelling our technological advancements for upcoming curriculum projects." - Ashley Gorbulja

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