My grant application to WEF for requesting help with a $3900 certification in The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team; WEF was kind enough to grant me $1500 which helped tremendously with the funding. The training was done in a live virtual format and was very effective. I was certified in May 2018 and can now use the material to train teams in the 5 behaviors.
How have the funds or scholarship helped your business?
The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team certification not only gave me access to training material and assessments for teams to use to align around effective behaviors, it also gave me access to DiSC assessments which many companies use. The Five Behaviors training was in alignment with other work that I do with teams, and for those who like to gauge where they are now and where they have to go, the assessment allows them before and after metrics. This is attractive to many companies. This certification rounded out the suite of offerings that Aligned at Work provides for team alignment. It also allows me to contract for others who sell the program and may need a facilitator.
What growth have you seen?
I have not seen growth per se, but I was able to use the 5 Behaviors assessments and training with an existing client to keep them moving forward. I anticipate future growth through both 5 Behaviors and DiSC assessments and training for those companies who can benefit from it.
What success have you had since receiving your funds or scholarship?
I was able to recoup my personal investment with the first client that I landed who used the program.
Have you received any recognition or awards? 
This makes me laugh — I am always the bridesmaid and never the bride… finalist, but not chosen. I’m giving up on awards. 😉

Laurie Battaglia
Laurie BattagliaAligned At Work

“I am so incredibly grateful to have been awarded a grant through WEF for my small business, Vim + Vigor Candle Co. This grant has allowed me to implement a temperature control mechanism in my candle studio that has shortened the production time for my candles by 50%.

This significant increase in production efficiency is such a blessing as it has given me more time to focus on growing my business. Since receiving the grant in August 2018 we have secured over 100 new wholesale accounts with various gift shops, boutiques, resorts and spas across the country. Now that I am able to produce more candles in a shorter amount of time, I can confidently and successfully bring on accounts that place very large orders. For example, we met a retailer at the Las Vegas Tradeshow in February that asked to purchase 1000 custom candles. Prior to receiving the grant I never would have been able to accept that order because there was no way I could make 1000 candles on top of the candles I was already making for our existing accounts. After using the grant to increase our production capabilities, I was able to quickly and confidently respond to his request saying, “Absolutely! When would you like these candles to ship?”. That was a very big moment for me and my business and one I will never forget thanks to the support that WEF has given me and the grant I received. 🙂
Working with the women of WEF has been such an amazing experience. Their unwavering support has empowered me to reach higher and dream bigger with regards to where my business can go. The options are endless with their support.  I am so proud to be a part of WEF family and look forward to supporting other female entrepreneurs just as WEF has supported me.

Kristin Boyd
Kristin BoydVim and Vigor Candles

“The WEF Scholarship has been such a huge blessing in my life and for my business as it has created various opportunities for growth and provided a huge network of wonderful women. I was immediately in awe of the women in NAWBO as they are extremely supportive and eager to help each other succeed. I have made many meaningful connections in such a short time period and learned great tools to grow my business. Through participating at the monthly luncheons, I met an inspiring business coach who has helped my business greatly. I am very appreciative to have had the opportunity to be a scholarship recipient and look forward to supporting other women who will benefit from this opportunity in the future.”

Dr. Yasaman Tasalloti, ND
Dr. Yasaman Tasalloti, NDDr Yas ND

Molly Snyder is a local Tempe Emerging Artist, perfecting her hand-tied natural fabric art. Groove Babe Tie Dye is handcrafted with love and thoughtful intention. She grew up in Arizona, has multiple degrees from ASU including a master’s in Sustainable Energy Management, & a 12-year career in Environmental Service. She married an Army Serviceman & together they have 3 young children, whose natural wonder, love of rainbows, & fun personalities have inspired many of her tied & dyed creations. Molly, along with her 3rd Generation Arizona Family also have a love for the Arizona desert and the ASU Sun Devils!

During the Fall of 2017, Molly Snyder applied & and graciously became a grant recipient from the WEF. She was invited to participate as a vendor in the Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts which attracts over 250,000 visitors. The grant money she received enabled her to purchase her booth equipment and supplies for the clothing/decor she hand-dyes. During the Fall she created over 1,000 pieces, which boosted her supply to nearly $22,000 in inventory. She used the grant money as well as $3,000 of her own savings to complete this daunting task. She was able to generate her largest revenue to date during the fall festivals, and continuing into January 2018 (already participated in 2 vending markets this year). She developed her branding, logo, and website to achieve a more professional look to her company.

Molly’s promoting her Groove Babe Tie Dye Pies® a new age No-Mess Kit which creates gorgeous one-of-a-kind items. Everyone who uses kit creates their very own Tie Dye, LOVES it and raves that it’s unlike any other tie-dye product they’ve used. She plans to submit the kit as a new crafting product to online craft magazines sales and gain entrepreneurial investor partnership along the way. She’s debuted the kit with local elementary schools – check our website for promotional video coming soon! www.GrooveBabe.com

Thank you for your support in this local Arizona Small Business.

Molly Snyder
Molly SnyderFounderGroove Babe Tie Dye

“The Women’s Enterprise Foundation awarded my company a scholarship for a year long NAWBO Phoenix membership and I am truly grateful because this has given me a chance to grow both individually and professionally. [It] has benefited me by increasing my business knowledge, focus, and overall confidence… I learned how to run my business more efficiently and professionally.

With Some of the experiences that have directly benefited me are the NAWBO University, Neighborhood NAWBO, and the monthly luncheons. I plan to pay it forward by being a mentor in NAWBO’s mentoring program starting in October in which I am currently a mentee.

As my scholarship year has come to an end, I just want to give a ‘BIG Thank You’ to the WEF! ” 

Jill WorkmanWicked Wicker

“I participated in the NAWBO Mentoring program as a Mentor; I was looking for a way to get more involved in the organization.  I was pleasantly surprised at the caliber of material presented at each session and the level of accountability demanded of the participants.  The commitment each mentee made toward establishing or growing their business was inspiring.  I ended the program more energized about my business with new tools and contacts.  The greatest take away was the sense of pride watching my mentee take her business from an idea to reality.  WEF, I hope you know what a difference you are making by funding this program.”

Kathleen Duffy YbarraPresident, DuffyGroup, Inc.

Athena Scholarship Winner – Lori Severson

What I have gained for my biz is:

An increased network:

  • A colleague (Karen Estrin) from the Cohort is now helping me with my website, which was a much needed piece of my biz that had been a big issue for me.  I feel confident with her and trust her.  That has been a big relief to have her on board.
  • I helped Carolyn another Cohort member with a project she was working on designing, completing an interview on the project for her as a small biz owner
  • I accepted a role with Athena Valley of the Sun to help them grow a college women’s leadership program and have joined the leadership team
  • Dr. Taffer and I collaborated on a workshop for women’s leadership
  • I was nominated for an Athena award,  about the same time as I got the WEF gift, but did not win for Authentic Leadership
  • Joined a mastermind group for the first time with people at a level that I think will truly help my biz start to move with a person from the Cohort I attended due to the grant
Lori Severson
Lori SeversonLori Sevenson
As a recipient of last year’s Women’s Enterprise Foundation Scholarship I was able to participate in the NAWBO Mentorship Program. This intense program ran approximately 6-months, meeting every other week. It was a mix of masterminds, guest speakers, and direct mentorship. During the course of the program, I met some terrific fellow business women and strengthened the bonds with those I already knew. The program helped me gain clarity about my business prompting a significant shift in my product offerings and how I present them. I’ve applied new tools and resources to help me become more efficient in my day-to-day operations. And finally, my mentor helped me to begin shifting my mindset so that I am more open to opportunities and success. This has been a game-changer. All of this, has moved me forward and I’m on pace to double my business revenue from last year! Thank you WEF for this scholarship! You have shown that you believe in women business owners like myself and are willing to invest in our growth. That makes all the difference in the world!
Michele Trent
Michele TrentRemembered Well

Phaedra Earhart has owned her local insurance business, the Earhart Insurance Agency, since July of 2010 and is licensed in the entire state of AZ.  She specializes in Commercial, Auto/Home and Life insurance and truly values the connections she makes in her community. Phaedra has built her agency over time by focusing on four key pillars:

Clients: Our clients are why we exist. Our goal is to give the best customer service experience possible, by focusing on our client’s insurance goals and observing the Platinum Rule – treat others as THEY want to be treated.

Community: We will always be good citizens of our community, focusing on building strong local relationships, along with supporting our schools, firefighters and police officers.

Coverage: Our goal is to make sure our clients are educated about their coverage, so that they are able to make informed decisions about their personal insurance plan.

Claims: Going through a claim is emotionally and physically draining. Our pledge is to be there for our clients, with support and guidance throughout the claims experience.

Phaedra has long enjoyed building community connections and volunteers her time and money with different organizations around the Valley. Recently Phaedra decided that she wanted to be more involved in her own neighborhood, Power Ranch, where she has lived since 2005. It made sense to join her local Power Ranch business group, ASPiRE, but she wanted to make sure to have a presence, and not just join another group.

Phaedra received a grant from WEF to assist in making an impact within the ASPiRE group. Her plan was to reach out to her neighborhood of over 15,000 residents, by sponsoring events and joining the leadership team of ASPiRE. So far Phaedra has made an impact by sponsoring 3 events this year, with plans to sponsor another 2 in the fall. She joined the leadership team and that keeps her in front of the many business owners of Power Ranch.

Phaedra is happy to answer any questions about the WEF grant program and can be reached at 480-776-5150 or pearhart@farmersagent.com. Visit her website at Earhart Insurance Agency.

Phaedra Earhart
Phaedra EarhartFarmers Insurance Agent in Gilbert, AZEarhart Insurance Agency

“Going through NAWBO’s Mentoring Program this past year was more than just a great learning experience.  It literally helped me decide to move forward with my consulting business.  The program was really well organized and ran by 5 very talented NAWBO members and successful women business owners which made you feel that it was indeed a special, once in a lifetime opportunity.  My mentor was wonderful, supportive and gave me realistic solutions to the challenges inherent in a start-up business and I also learned a great deal from the other mentors and mentees.  WEF, thank you for funding such a meaningful program for women business owners!” 

Nancy GracePrincipal, Graceful Fundraising

“We are absolutely delighted the Women’s Enterprise Foundation has chosen Junior Achievement for a grant!  The grant will help fund seventy-three 5th grade girls at Power Ranch Elementary in Gilbert.  The girls are participating in JA BizTown™ and are currently undergoing preparation for their day operating the town. “

Mary Anne DotyDirector of Development Junior Achievement