The BALSA Grants Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to the Spring 2016 BALSA Grant finalists! Photo by Constantino Schillebeeckx.

We are delighted to announce the Spring 2016 BALSA Grant finalists and their awards!

Our Spring 2016 BALSA Grant program received 143 submissions from a variety of business types and industries, which were reviewed by an external panel of local entrepreneurs. Ten finalists pitched their ideas at our awards ceremony and received cash grants totaling $10,000.  All finalists also received in-kind awards of over $30,000, including co-working space from Tech Artista and T-Rex, legal services from Polsinelli, accounting services from BDO, and marketing support from Clear To Launch.  

Our finalists and their BALSA Grant cash awards are,

  • Carla C. Soll, Anointed Cake Creations, $2250
  • Laura Shields, Arabicano, $1500
  • LaTausha DeBoise, ReddyWear, $1250
  • Pamela Nolan, Script-Loons, $1000
  • Janelle Mack, 2Geez Catering, $1000
  • Ashley Clay, Bella Noir Event Rentals, $1000
  • Sonia Deal, DEAL-C2, $500
  • Arnold Tutson Jr., Rescue Cuts, $500
  • Thurman Rhodes, DADDYS, $500
  • Karen Buckley, MicroPopShop, $500

Learn more about our finalists.

The BALSA Foundation will continue to engage with our finalists as they establish their business and work to make it grow.  We will provide workshops on business topics, one-on-one mentoring, and opportunities to meet with local business owners for in-depth guidance and advice.

Congratulations and best wishes to all of our finalists!

Photos by Michael Kilfoy,

See our press release.