Women's Foundation Hits $150K in Grants to Black Entrepreneurs


Women's Foundation Hits $150K in Grants to Black Entrepreneurs

The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas announced that it has reached $150,000 in pledges to Black women entrepreneurs through its Women's Economic Mobility Hub.

In the six-month program, which launched in 2020, Black women entrepreneurs from across the state gain access to tailored support services, training, and resources including $5,000 in unrestricted grant funds.  

The foundation reached the milestone with its third group of grant recipients. The women and their businesses are:

  • Kanesha Adams, Bearapy in Pine Bluff, Ark.
  • Melanie Battles, Scholars for the Soul: An Educational Solutions Firm in Bryant, Ark.
  • Akissi Brooks, Ambitious Girls Inc. in Sherwood, Ark.
  • Janette Cross, JValenciaACTS in North Little Rock, Ark.
  • Whitney Dobbins, Girly Girls Mobile Spa and More in North Little Rock, Ark.
  • LaTasha Moore, Tasha Teaches Spanish in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Quinyatta Mumford, Mumford and Associates in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Brittany Roy, Sweet Stuffed in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Ashia Shelton, Ari's Glow Candle Co. in Brinkley, Ark.
  • Whitney Spencer, CROWN Salon Studio in Little Rock, Ark.

"With the launch of our third cohort," program leader Kara Wilkins said in a news release, "the WFA will continue our commitment to  provide resources and technical assistance to women business owners in an effort to promote economic mobility and shrink the wealth gap."