Women-Owned Grant

Jessamyn Waldman, of Hot Bread Kitchen, baking bread

EILEEN FISHER Announces the Recipients of Its 2007 Business Grant Program for Woman Entrepreneurs.

We've known Jessamyn Rodriguez since she was running Hot Bread from her kitchen. She started HBK to help immigrant and minority women turn baking skills into jobs within the food industries. The company's breads, many of which are inspired by the cultural traditions of its bakers, are widely sold in New York, including a new retail location inside Spanish Harlem's historic La Marquetta. Over the years, Jessamyn has shifted to a nonprofit model. Hot Bread Kitchen actively seeks volunteers and donations to support job training and "HBK Incubates," an innovative program that provides commercial kitchen space and development support for start-up food related businesses.
Meet Jessamyn in our "This Working Life" video.

It was a good idea: Designer Joanna Notkin created Looolo Textiles in order to provide organic, biodegradable and chic textiles for the home. Unfortunately her company, based in Montreal, closed when three of her textile suppliers shut their doors during the economic downturn. We've heard that she's now running the catering company, Zoe Ford. A sweet shift in careers.

Looking for a beautiful spot on the prairie? Check into the Milkweed Mercantile and stay for the night or stop by for a cup of Peace Coffee at the aptly named Organic Cafe. Owners Alline and Kurt Anderson are co-op members of the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in Rutledge, MO, and their mission is sustainability. Not only is Milkweed Mercantile built with straw bales, everything that can be composted is composted. This beautiful, eco-inspired destination is worth a visit.

Holly O'Connor believes in the power of One Good Woman. She's that woman. She began her career in gourmet coffee and tea by delivering out of the back of her jeep. Today, her Camp Hill, PA, shop sells eighty different teas, freshly roasted fair trade coffee and gourmet gifts at a very hospitable atmosphere. Holly supports local artisans and lots of other good women.

Lots of people carry re-usable coffee mugs. Why not spoons and forks? The paradox struck Stephanie Bernstein when she was eating ice with a plastic spoon. She decided equip busy eco enthusiasts with To-Go Ware. Her company, based in Berkeley, CA, sells beautifully designed re-usable utensils and food containers that are made with environmentally responsible materials and fair trade practices. To-Go Ware is dedicated to a triple bottom line: people, planet and profits.