Eileen Fisher Empowers Women Entrepreneurs With $12,500 Grants

After launching her clothing line with only $350 in savings, the designer gives back.

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Designer Eileen Fisher started her business with $350 in savings. Today, her company is giving back with its ninth annual Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs. The program celebrates women owned/led companies that are not only innovative but also socially conscious.

The EILEEN FISHER Business Grant Program for Woman Entrepreneurs was launched with an individual grant of $20,000 to commemorate the company’s twentieth anniversary. Every year, since its inception, grants have been awarded each year to wholly women-owned businesses that are innovative, socially-conscious and committed to sustainability. This year, up to five grants of $12,500 will be awarded to prospective applicants. Recipients will also attend a two-day conference in New York City, meeting with past beneficiaries of the business grant and other EILEEN FISHER teams in early 2014.

A longtime advocate of supporting businesses working to create a positive impact, Fisher created the Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs in 2004.

“I am constantly inspired by the big impacts small businesses can have on their communities,” she says. “These companies deserve recognition as role models for the way that they create inventive approaches to working harmoniously with the planet and one other. We at EILEEN FISHER are honored to support them in their journeys.”

Only for-profit businesses or for-profit/ nonprofit hybrids (social enterprises) will be considered for this grant. Applications for the 2013 Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs will be accepted until 11:59 EST on May 31, 2013.

For more information about the program or to submit an application, please visit eileenfisher.com/grants

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