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Melissa Washington

Small Business Award

The annual Melissa Washington Small Business Award (MWSBA) will be up to $5,000 and will be up to the discretion of the awards committee and Board of Directors.

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


Required documents to be uploaded within application:

      • P&L or Tax Return
      • Professional Headshot


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!


Applications are closed.

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)


Learn about the Coastal Kapital Veterans Business Loan Program, which offers essential information to help veterans kickstart their entrepreneurial journey.


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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