TWU’s Center for Women Entrepreneurs Awards Ten Microgrants

Tawny Laney (pictured below), owner of Picture This!, used the money she won in 2018 from a Texas Woman's University microgrant to expand her photo booth rental business. It includes a vintage trailer with a photo booth inside.

The Center for Women Entrepreneurs at Texas Woman’s University has announced the ten recipients of its 2019 microgrant program. The grants are meant to help Texas women launch and expand their businesses.

TWU’s Center for Women Entrepreneurs, which says it’s the state’s only university center dedicated to women’s entrepreneurship and business ownership, wants to help women in Texas become successful business owners. The center provides tools for women-owned businesses, including business advising, training, networking, and funding. 

Ten female business owners have received $5,000 each through the center’s microgrant program this year. The grants are to be used for business-related activities that align with the program’s purpose—including the acquisition of new inventory and raw materials, property improvements, or marketing.

“The Center for Women Entrepreneurs was proud to be able to utilize this program to support and encourage women-owned businesses in Texas to undertake new and innovative projects,” Shannon Mantaro, director of the Center for Women Entrepreneurs, said in a statement.

The recipients of the 2019 microgrants include:

  • Cary Broussard of Dallas-based Broussard Global
  • Amy Choi of McKinney-based Ready Set Grow
  • Courtney Gumbleton of Fort Worth-based Locavore
  • Michaela Herndon of Desoto-based MHerndon Enterprises LLC
  • Amanda Hueneke of Frisco-based Hello Imprint LLC
  • Leah Johnson of Argyle-based LJ Artisan Designs
  • Ashley Lynn Rideout of Providence Village-based QT Activity Kits
  • Jennifer Seay of Austin-based Art + Artisans Consulting
  • Lynn Taylor Green of Round Rock-based Taylor Made Careers LLC
  • Lynn Wilford of Bedford-based Cheeza Pleeza


To receive the grant, the enterprise had to be an existing or to-be-formed woman-owned, for-profit business with five or fewer employees. In addition, the awardees are required to complete a business training course hosted by the center. 

The Center for Women Entrepreneurs also hosts a series of evening workshops designed to give entrepreneurs useful information to make their businesses more successful. The Women’s Enterprise Training workshops support and guide current and future business owners in topics such as business plan development, marketing and branding, legal, and accounting and financing. 

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