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There’s nothing like opening Facebook in the morning to find out your company (aka Heart and Soul) has been named a March finalist for WomensNet Amber Grant!

The Amber Grant presented by WomensNet was started in 1998 to honor the life of a young, 19 year-old woman, Amber, who had big dreams to become an entrepreneur. Each month WomensNet awards a $500 Grant to one Woman run business. All of the monthly winners are then eligible to win the yearly $1,000 grant.

The grant value might be small, but to a female entrepreneur cultivating her dream it means the world. I first had to share my story and mission for Explorer Chick. The application also required that I share specifically how I would use the grant award to grow and develop my business. I have it earmarked for local radio advertising to air in conjunction with some new trips to be announced soon!

What I find most valuable is the fact that women who have never met me personally chose me to be a finalist among 6 other incredible female business owners. Perfect strangers have viewed Explorer Chick, its website, the social media, and my application. Then, they decided that Explorer Chick’s vision and mission mattered. It’s creating a positive impact in the world. This is an incredible honor! Is #TuesdayMotivation a thing?

I encourage you to take the time and read the article. And definitely check out and support the other finalists! Good luck to them all!


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