Women in Networking Supports Women Entrepreneurs

A WIN designated fund through the VCF helps women start businesses or improve their current businesses.

In December 2014, at its Holiday Hoopla event, Women in Networking (WIN) presented three Valley women with entrepreneurial grants. The WIN grant-in-aid program provides financial assistance to women 18 years of age or older in the towns of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton.

The grant recipients were: Eileen Robinson, owner of Move Books, Beacon Falls, CT; Meghan Tarby, founder of the Connecticut Partnership for Children, Oxford, CT; and Alyssa DeMatteo, owner of Wildflour Cupcakes & Sweets, Seymour, CT.

Funding for the grant program is made possible through WIN's designated fund at the Valley Community Foundation; a WIN grant can be used for expenses to enhance the recipient's current business or to start a new business.

Since its inception, WIN has given over $44,000 to 41 grant recipients. WIN is one of three leads groups affiliated with the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce.