Local Happenings: Women Owning Businesses

Designer Eileen Fisher’s Irvington-based company is accepting applications now through May 31 for its annual business grant program for women entrepreneurs.

Up to five grants of $12,500 each will be awarded to for-profit businesses or social enterprises that are for-profit and nonprofit hybrids. Wholly women-owned companies will be chosen for their innovation, socially consciousness and commitment to environmental and economic sustainability in their communities.
With $350 in her savings account, Fisher began her women’s wear design business.  She launched this program in 2004 with a $20,000 grant to commemorate her company’s 20th anniversary. “I am constantly inspired by the big impacts small businesses can have on their communities. These companies deserve recognition as role models for the way that they create inventive approaches to working harmoniously with the planet and one another.”
Recipients will attend a two-day conference in New York City in early 2014, where they will meet past grant recipients and Eileen Fisher company teams.
For more information about the program or to submit an application, visit eileenfisher.com/grants.
Featured Image: www.womenscollective.org