Celebrate Military Spouse Appreciation Day with StreetShares!
To honor military spouses, the StreetShares Foundation is dedicating the Veteran Small Business Award to Military Spouse Business Owners this month!
Here are the top 10 finalists:
Sarah Sykes, Owner of At Ease Candles (Fayetteville, North Carolina)
Saray Sykes, veteran and military spouse, started At Ease Candles because she was disappointed with wasteful packaging and poor quality candles. She wanted candles that were eco-friendly, made with love and attention to detail. The mission of At Ease Candles is simple, “hand-poured candles made with custom-blended oils, soy wax, and cotton wicks” all eco-friendly components sourced in the USA. >> CLICK HERE TO VOTE <<
Laura Lane-Unsworth, Co-owner of Brave HEART (Hagerstown, Maryland)
Laura and her husband Jeff combined their love of horses with their desire to give back to the military community through a therapeutic horse riding program for veterans dealing with stress or PTSD. Brave HEART (Heroes Equine Adventure & Riding Therapy) is a nonprofit organization and is 100 percent volunteer-run. >> CLICK HERE TO VOTE <<
Abbey Sass, Owner of Civil Sass LLC (Chatfield, Minnesota)
Civil Sass provides local-grown hops for local microbreweries. In the Chatfield, Minnesota area, there are 15 local breweires within 60 miles. They’re forced to source hops from growers more than 1,500 miles away. Civil Sass hopes to fill that gap. >> CLICK HERE TO VOTE <<
Roanna Canete, Owner of Coronado Gluten Free Pantry (San Diego, California)
Roanna started making gluten-free baked goods in San Diego after learning her child was diagnosed with severe food allergies. She currently sells baked goods to military base dining facilities, local coffee shops and hotels. >> CLICK HERE TO VOTE <<
Tiffany Lawrence, Creator/Founder of Covered Cubs (San Diego, California)
Tiffany created Covered Cubs to help parents protect children from strangers. She produces clothing and products with simple messages like, “Please don’t touch baby without permission.” She also offers classes on child protection and child safety. >> CLICK HERE TO VOTE <<
Shelly Nicholas, Owner and President of Pretty Knotty (Newport, Rhode Island)
Shelly created functional hair ties for people with long hair who are very active or play sports. FIT TIES is a patent pending product that provides strength and durability with a modern design. All products are made in the U.S. >> CLICK HERE TO VOTE <<
Brooke Barnes, Co-founder of Edge Co-working (Clovis, New Mexico)
Brooke co-founded Edge Co-working for military spouses who typically work from home. Military Spouses with PCS-proof careers are what she caters to. These can be anything from entrepreneurs or direct sales professionals. She also maintains a professional development program. >> CLICK HERE TO VOTE <<
Erica McMannes, Co-founder of HireMadSkills (Yorktown, Virginia)
HireMadSkills is a network of qualified military spouses looking for employment or to be a remote employee. It’s the only technology solution that allows businesses to outsource directly to a Military Spouse talent community. Successful hires have resulted in long-term employment, contract positions, short freelance gigs, and more. >> CLICK HERE TO VOTE <<
Grace Miller, Co-founder of Spousehood (Miami, Florida)
Spousehood is a Christian lifestyle website for military spouses. Grace creates useful, inspirational content and weekly devotionals to help support the military spouse lifestyle. The website also gives freelance opportunities to writers who want to contribute to the Spousehood community. >> CLICK HERE TO VOTE <<
Kathryn Thomas, Yoga 4 Change (Jacksonville, Florida)
Yoga 4 Change is a nonprofit organization offering yoga for at-risk individuals, who have experienced trauma and extreme stress. They focus on theme-based curriculum and integrates therapeutic writing. Yoga 4 Change has served more than 20,000 individuals in the Jacksonville area in 2016. >> CLICK HERE TO VOTE <<
These finalist are up for public vote, so log on and register now! The three business owners who get the most votes get $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 in grants from the StreetShares Foundation.
The StreetShares Foundation recognizes Military Spouse business owners by including exclusively Military Spouse business owners in this month’s contest. Check out these amazing businesses and be sure to vote this month. Voting closes at midnight on May 25. Share this article to help spread their stories.
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