NEW YORK, April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Designer Eileen Fisher started her business with $350 in savings. Today, her company is giving back to fellow women entrepreneurs by inviting women-owned businesses to apply for the tenth annual Business Grant Program. The program celebrates women at the helm of innovative companies that foster environmental and economic health in their communities. This year, EILEEN FISHER will award $125,000 in grants to no more than 10 grant recipients (minimum grant $12,500). Recipients will also attend a three-day conference in New York City in early 2015.
A long time advocate of supporting businesses working to create a positive impact, Fisher created the Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs in 2004. "I am constantly inspired by the big impacts small businesses can have on their communities," she says. "These companies deserve recognition as role models for the way that they create inventive approaches to working harmoniously with the planet and one other. We at EILEEN FISHER are honored to support them in their journeys."
The EILEEN FISHER Business Grant Program for Woman Entrepreneurs was launched with an individual grant of $20,000 to commemorate the company's twentieth anniversary. Since its inception, up to 40 grants have been awarded, totaling over $550,000 to wholly women-owned businesses that are innovative, socially-conscious and committed to sustainability. Only for-profit businesses or for-profit/ nonprofit hybrids (social enterprises) will be considered for this grant. Applications for the 2014 Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs will be accepted until 11:59 EST on May 31st, 2014. For more information about the program or to submit an application, please visit eileenfisher.com/grants.
About EILEEN FISHER:
EILEEN FISHER has been creating effortlessly chic clothes for the past 30 years. Designed with pure shapes and fine fabrics, the collections offer sophistication, comfort and style that lasts. As a socially conscious company, EILEEN FISHER is a pioneer in eco-friendly fashion and in supporting global initiatives that empower women and girls. The clothing is sold at more than 60 EILEEN FISHER retail stores in the US, Canada and the UK, as well as at major department stores and eileenfisher.com
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