SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – During the 4th annual Women’s Entrepreneurial Conference held Wednesday in Holladay, $19,500 in grants were awarded to 23 women business owners to help them grow their businesses.

The winners of the grants were selected from 115 applications received from women business owners from across the state. The 23 winners were selected and asked to prepare a three-minute presentation of their pitch. Pitches were focused on their opportunities, how they would spend a $5,000 grant and what the potential for growth could be.

“The Utah Women’s Networking Group is honored to be a small piece of each woman’s journey who participate in the conference. Connecting them with and providing resources can make a big impact,” Karin Palle, Executive Director of the Utah Women’s Networking Group said. “These small grants tell women business owners we believe in them and that they can conquer the world.”

WEC Grants were awarded to the following Utah women business owners:

$5,000 Kara Lewis, Glen Ray’s Corn Maze, Spanish Fork

$2,250 Claudia Hinojosa, Green Janitorial Services LLC, Magna

$1,750 Amber Murray, See Your Strength, St.George

$1,500 Kirstin McCoy, Little Sharks Swim Academy, Cedar City

$1,250 Zara Ahmed, Raclette Machine, Salt Lake City

$1,000 Julia Stolworthy, Sweet and Knotty Bakery, Cedar City

The following women business owners were each awarded a $500 WEC grant:

Jamaica Trinnaman, Hello!Bulk Markets LLC, Salt Lake City

Rebecca Sorensen, Whimsical Window Painting, Provo

Monica Fangupo, WOODcetera LLC, West Valley City

Petra Vigil, Petra’s Backstubchen LLC, Roy

Nashelle Jackson, Vernal Theatre LIVE, Vernal

Imane Dotson, Cut To The Taste, Salt Lake City

The following women business owners were each awarded a $250 WEC grant:

Crystalee Beck, The Mama Ladder, Ogden

Dana Williamson, Wasteless Solutions, Salt Lake City

Jazmin Lister, JB Legacy, Paragonah

Jessica Musgrave, Boudica Defense, Vernal

Karolee Koller, Heartspeak Counseling, Payson

Kate Hansen, Culinesco, LLC, Bountiful

Kelly Seale, KeyMaster Electronics, Orem

Mariana Vazquez, Crown Fine Foods LLC, Millcreek

Marlena Wilding, La Mere Clothing, Mapleton

May Anderson, Working Mom’s Connection, Richfield

Sheri Gibb, Clever Clever Octopus Inc, Murray

Women business owners interested in the 2020 Women’s Entrepreneurial Conference Grant Competition will find the application open in the fall which will close January 31, 2020. More Information can be found at

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