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At NaturalAnnie Essentials, we believe in the power of collaboration and celebrating the achievements of women in business. In an exciting partnership, we recently had the honor of creating a private label "Ignite" scented soy candle for the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) to mark the relaunch of their impactful grant program. This program offers grants of up to $10,000 to qualified women-owned small businesses in Connecticut, igniting a flame of empowerment and support for women entrepreneurs.

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Crafting "Ignite": A Fragrance for Empowerment

Inspired by the resilience, determination, and passion of women entrepreneurs, we embarked on this journey with the WBDC to create a scent that encapsulates the essence of empowerment. The result is "Ignite" – a scented soy candle that harmoniously blends invigorating notes of citrus, warm vanilla, and a touch of spice. This unique fragrance is a testament to the strength and ambition of women-owned businesses.

The Collaboration Process:

  1. Conceptualization:

    • We worked closely with the WBDC team to understand the goals and values behind their grant program.
    • The concept of "Ignite" was born, symbolizing the spark that propels women-owned businesses to new heights.
  2. Fragrance Selection:

    • Our expert team curated a blend that represents the resilience and passion of women entrepreneurs, ensuring the scent is both uplifting and comforting.
  3. Custom Label Design:

    • The candle's label was meticulously designed by the WBDC to reflect their commitment to empowering women in business.
    • The "Ignite" label proudly displays the program's mission, offering a visual representation of the collective strength of women-owned enterprises.

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About The Grant

The Ignite Grant Program is designed to help women-owned businesses grow!
Grants between $2,500 and $10,000 will be awarded for clearly defined projects that will have a measurable impact on the business, its growth and profitability.

The grant funds cannot be used towards operating expenses (e.g. inventory, on-going marketing expenses, salaries), real estate improvements (e.g. construction costs), reimbursement for past purchases or debt repayment.

Applicants are required to have invested at least $2,500 into their business in the last 12 months, unless located in a distressed municipality.

How to Apply for the WBDC Grant Program:

  1. Eligibility:

    • The grant program is open to women-owned small businesses in Connecticut.
    • Applicants must meet the criteria outlined by the WBDC.
  2. Application Process:

    • Visit the WBDC website to access the grant application.
    • Provide the necessary information, including business details, financials, and the impact of the grant on your business.
  3. Submission Deadline:

    • Be sure to submit your application by the specified deadline to be considered for this empowering opportunity.

About the Connecticut Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC)

The WBDC help businesses reach beyond where they are and grow to the next level through workshops, one-on-one coaching and training programs.

The mission of the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) is to support economic prosperity for women and strengthen communities through entrepreneurial and financial education services that create and grow sustainable jobs and businesses across Connecticut. From starting or growing a business to increasing income, the Women’s Business Development Council drives business success in a tangible and accessible way.

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The collaboration between NaturalAnnie Essentials and the Women’s Business Development Council signifies a commitment to supporting and empowering women-owned businesses. Through the creation of the "Ignite" scented soy candle, we hope to kindle a flame of inspiration for every woman entrepreneur on their journey to success. As the WBDC ignites opportunities through their grant program, we look forward to seeing the transformative impact it will have on the Connecticut business landscape.

Apply today and let the flame of "Ignite" guide your path to success! 

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