Inc. Winners Receive $5,000 Business Grant
Jody Williams and Trina Woelfle Will Receive Support From the
21, 2005 — - More than 2,000 women entered the You Inc. contest for
a chance to win a $5,000 grant to start a small business. Today, "Good
Morning America" and Accion USA announced the winners -- Jody Williams
and Trina Woelfle.
is a mother of three and was a foster parent for more than nine years.
During her foster-parenting days, Williams cared for more than 20 children,
many of whom had special needs. Her company, Bundiebaby, will design
and manufacture special-needs clothing for children. The clothing will
have special pockets and ties that hold medical devices.
decided one night after working with this one foster baby who kept pulling
his feed tube out of his nose, I decided to use my two degrees in fashion
design and make an outfit that would stop him from pulling these tubes
out," Williams said. "That's how it began. There are so many
other parents out there that could benefit from something like this."
also saw a need for services in her world of high school athletics.
Woelfle is a physical education teacher and coach in Reno, Nev. Over
the years, she has seen athletes give up on their dreams of playing
at the collegiate level because they were not heavily recruited.
kid a couple of years ago, his name was Stevie," Woelfle said.
"He was kind of quiet and he was a triple jumper and real tall
and had tons of potential. And I said to him: 'You need to let people
know that you want to run and be a triple jumper in college.' And he
wanted to do it, and his family didn't know how."
company -- Next Play Productions -- will help high school athletes get
exposure. Woelfle will create three-minute to five-minute DVDs of high
school athletes in competition, which they can send to college coaches.
As part of the service, Next Play Productions will also provide research
on colleges that may be a good match with individual athletes.
addition to the $5,000 grants provided by Accion USA -- a company that
provides small-business loans -- Williams and Woelfle will both receive
support from financial contributor Mellody Hobson, workplace contributor
Tory Johnson and real estate expert Barbara Corcoran.
will follow Williams' and Woelfle's progress as they get their businesses
off the ground.
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