Grant Recipients


NASE Growth Grant winners are chosen each month and are awarded up to $4,000 to support the growth of their business.  The Growth Grant money is used to help grow small businesses by providing extra capital to hire and train additional employees, take up new marketing initiatives, purchase new equipment and many other creative ways to improve businesses.
    December 2016
    Alisa Karmel
    Alisa Karmel, an NASE Member from Portland, Oregon was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in December 2016.  Portland Nourishment & Wellness Coaching is owned and operated by Alisa who works with children and adolescents.  PNW Coaching helps children develop a better understanding of food and how it interacts with their body. Through this work, Alisa is helping to reduce childhood obesity in here area.
    November 2016
    Nakita Mattocks
    Nakita Mattocks, an NASE Member from Woodbridge, Virginia was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in November 2016.  M Six Construction is a family owned and operated Construction Company that performs all levels of building and remodeling. They specialize in interior and exterior home renovations, including bathroom and kitchen remodeling, home additions, garages and more.
    October 2016
    Darlene Molnar
    Darlene Molnar, an NASE Member from Reston, Virginia was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in October 2016.  Darlene is an Interior Designer who has studied in Paris, England and Denmark As a boutique design firm, Darlene Molnar LLC specializes in interior design, decoration, space planning, interior styling, and product design.
    September 2016
    Rena Washington

    Rena Washington, an NASE Member from Monks Corner, South Carolina was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in September 2016.  New Seasons Hair & Beauty is owned and operated by Rena Washington, a Licensed Cosmetologist and Instructor.  New Seasons can handle any hair or beauty need you have with services ranging from traditional shampoo and hair styling to braids or dreadlocks to color treatments or facials and waxing.

    August 2016
    Kijahfha Mahoney

    Kijahfha Mahoney, an NASE Member from Conyers, Georgia was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in August 2016.  Blissful Delights LLC sells high quality baked goods for both retail and wholesale markets.  Blissful Delights products include pastries, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, alcohol infused products and a variety of other desserts.

    July 2016
    Akeem Carter
    Akeem Carter , an NASE Member from Conroe, Texas was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in July 2016.   Active at Home brings all the benefits of having a personal trainer at the gym, to your home.  As a highly educated Master Trainer, Akeem Carter tailors workouts to meet individual goals and needs ranging from strength building to nutrition advice to posture correction and many more.
    June 2016
    Richard Greenman

    Richard Greenman, an NASE Member from Box Elder, South Dakota was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in June 2016.   FreedomWild Outdoors, LLC is the place that hunters and anglers turn to for outdoor products and services that aren't offered by traditional retailers and outfitters.  FreedomWild covers everything from fly fishing to taxidermy & game processing to mobile apps.

    May 2016
    Lizbet Dominguez-Vila

    Lizbet Dominguez, an NASE Member from Miami, Florida was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in May 2016.   Bocasa Gourmet, LLC delivers healthy food choices right to your doorstep, be it a residence or a business.  Bocasa serves a variety of lunches and dinners Monday through Friday that are nutritionally balanced and taste great.

    April 2016
    Amy DeBruyne

    Amy DeBruyne, an NASE Member from Pittsford, New York was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in April 2016.   BullsEye Communications of WNY is a telecommunications company base outside of Rochester, New York.  BullsEye handles telephone systems, paging systems and installs, upgrades and repairs cabling for telecommunications infrastructure.

    March 2016
    John Davis

    John Davis, an NASE Member from Peoria, Arizona was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in March 2016.   John’s Culinary Jungle provides their customers with an outstanding food experience; from personal Chef services, in-home cooking lessons, to small party catering.

    February 2016
    Karen Doniere

    Karen Doniere, an NASE Member from Wilmington, North Carolina was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in February 2016.   One On One Press provide online courses and other programs for moms and women to help them conquer their fears and self-doubt to achieve their personal and professional goals.

    January 2016
    Marilyn Green

    Marilyn Green, an NASE Member from Belleville, Illinois was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in January 2016.  JFY Consulting, Inc. offers a synergistic think tank that combines the knowledge, experience and wisdom of baby boomers and the creative, tech-savvy connectivity of millennials to aid in strategic planning, business development and other business solutions.

    December 2015
    Christian Birky

    Christian Birky, an NASE Member from Detroit, Michigan was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in December 2015.  Lazlo designs, sources and crafts menswear focusing on core items in a man's wardrobe.  Additionally, Lazlo looks to hire former inmates who have training in sewing; Lazlo gets an experienced workforce, and a marginalized population becomes an asset.  Christian will be using this grant to train employees and to upgrade equipment.

    November 2015
    Wendy Miller

    Wendy Miller, an NASE Member from Annapolis, Maryland was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in November 2015.  Annapolis Senior Care Solutions is a geriatric care management practice providing consultation services to seniors and their families to help seniors optimize their quality of life.  Wendy will be using this grant to upgrade her website and purchase marketing materials and equipment.

    October 2015
    Christie Core

    Christie Core, an NASE Member from Mansfield, Ohio was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in October 2015.  Nurturing Hearts Home Health Care Agency provides quality healthcare to clients in their home and places their needs and comfort first.  Christi will be using this grant for training new staff and expanding care in the Mansfield area.

    September 2015
    Darci McConnell

    Darci McConnell, an NASE Member from Detroit, Michigan was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in September 2015.  Through personally managed publicity, marketing, crisis management, media training and relationship building services, McConnell Communications provides clients with communications campaigns that reach target audiences.  Darci will be using this grant to create and advertise a media coaching webinar series.

    August 2015
    Cassandra Tindell

    Cassandra Tindell, an NASE Member from Indian Trail, North Carolina, was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in August 2015.  Mainly Cupcakes is a local bakery that bakes cupcakes, layered cakes, sheet cakes, and pound cakes.  Cassandra will be using the grant to purchase equipment and raw materials needed to help open the doors to a store front.

    July 2015
    Nadia Robinson

    Nadia Robinson, an NASE Member from Washington D.C., was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in July 2015.  Locals grows and delivers high-quality, organic produce to local food businesses and consumers.  Nadia will be using the grant as seed money and to make strategic investments in growing her start up.

    June 2015
    Shaquille Pariag
    Shaquille Pariag, an NASE Member from Reston, Virginia, was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in June 2015. Clairvoyance is a strategic development firm that provides graphic and web design services, marketing, audio/video production, and business development services. Shaquille will be using the grant to purchase new equipment for his business.
    May 2015
    Brooke Kinsey
    Brooke Kinsey, an NASE Member from Columbus, Ohio, was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in May 2015. Bleu & Fig is a full service boutique catering and design company with a fresh and sophisticated take on celebrations. Brooke will be using this loan to help pay for an event hall so Bleu and fig can host events at their brick and mortar location.
    April 2015
    Ernesto Dominguez
    Ernesto Dominguez, an NASE Member from Miami, Florida, was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in April 2015. Since 2012, Ernesto has run The Senior Club, focusing on improving overall health and well-being to the seniors in their care. With this grant, Mr. Dominguez plans to expand and renovate the center.
    March 2015
    Russell Edwards
    Russell Edwards, an NASE Member from Chuckey, Tennessee, was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in March 2015. Russell is the owner and supervisor of Major Appliance HQ. With this Grant, Russell plans to expand his business by offering a new line of products and expand his customer base.
    February 2015
    Bridgette John
    Bridgette John, an NASE Member from Las Vegas, Nevada, was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in February 2015. Bridgette owns and operates Get Snackin, a locally owned and family operated vending company delivering top-notch vending solutions to customers in Las Vegas and the surrounding area.
    January 2015
    Joseph Swanson
    Joseph Swanson, an NASE Member from Niagara, Wisconsin, was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in January 2015. Joey started Swanson’s Evergreen Nursery in 2013 and will be using the Grant money to operate the business until he is at full capacity in the Spring of 2016.

NASE Growth Grants are awarded at the sole discretion of NASE. Unfortunately, not everyone who applies will receive a grant.
Decisions of the selection committee are final and are not subject to appeal. No application feedback will be given.


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