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EILEEN FISHER Announces Five Recipients of Its 2006 Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs
November 8, 2006 - EILEEN FISHER is delighted to announce the five recipients of a $10,000 grant from its 3rd Annual Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs. The program recognizes women-owned businesses that have a strong vision, a social conscience, a solid business plan and a need for start-up funds or growth capital.
"These women represent true leaders in their approach to their company mission and their commitment to social responsibility," says Amy Hall, director of social consciousness at EILEEN FISHER. "In all of them, we saw qualities we feel many more established businesses of today should adopt."
The 2006 business grant recipients are:
Anna Cohen, a Portland, Oregon-based apparel, design and manufacturing company providing high-quality, fashion-forward women's clothing while strictly supporting and maintaining socially and environmentally sustainable business practices.
Biomimicry Guild, a consulting firm in Helena, Montana, focused on bio-inspired design.
Chocolations in Mamaronek, New York, a purveyor of custom-made, high-quality, chocolates for parties, favors, holidays and personal consumption using the freshest, finest ingredients.
Fairware Promotional Products, a provider of ethically sourced and environmentally responsible promotional products and incentives, based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
HuNia's Divine Soul Kitchen, a vegetarian catering and personal chef service in Oakland, California, specializing in traditional "soul" food created with fresh, nonmeat ingredients.
During this year's grant review process, more than 200 businesses from across the U.S. and Canada, including start-ups, were reviewed by members of EILEEN FISHER's volunteer donations committee. Applicants were evaluated based on 5 criteria: innovation, social consciousness, the sustainability of their business, use of the grant money, and alignment with the mission of EILEEN FISHER.
"Since our grants program started 3 years ago, we've seen a lot of growth among all of the applications we received," says Amy. "Our joy was in meeting so many tremendous women whose vision and determination can be shared with even more people."
It's widely known Eileen Fisher started her company with $350 and a vision. Eileen will tell you it was so much more. "I counted on my friends-and examples of women I admired-to help me stay connected with my passion," says Eileen. "Their trust and belief in my vision helped nurture me and give my ideas a chance to breathe, deepen and grow."
EILEEN FISHER designs versatile clothes that invite women to dress simply and with delight. Fine fabrics, modern shapes and elegant colors are essential to her design concept. Each piece connects to another and another to build a wardrobe that moves easily from day to night. Founded in 1984, the company reported overall sales of $192 million in 2005. The collection is sold by major retailers and specialty stores across the U.S. and Canada as well as in 37 company-owned stores. Based in Irvington, N.Y., the company operates showrooms in New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas and Atlanta.