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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Support for Women Entrepreneurs: Deadline April 6

Here's some info about a competition Yahoo is holding for women entrepreneurs:

Yahoo! Small Business and entrepreneur/television personality Carolyn Kepcher today announced a new grant program to promote women's entrepreneurship enabled by the Internet. The new program, called "Seeds for Success: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs," will award three women entrepreneurs with business grants including cash, mentorship, and technical services valued at more than $25,000 each. Kepcher, best known for her appearances as an advisor to Donald Trump on the NBC television show "The Apprentice" in her capacity as executive vice president of Trump Co., will help select grant winners and connect them with mentors from a team of business leaders. In addition to the grant award, Yahoo! and its partners will provide recipients an array of web design and marketing services.

Women entrepreneurs may apply for the grant program by submitting applications online at http://seedsforsuccess.smallbusiness.yahoo.com or by going to Yahoo.com and searching for "Seeds for Success." The program is open to women who plan to launch new businesses, or who wish to grow existing businesses, and who intend to use the Internet to help them achieve their goals. The deadline for entry is April 6, with the three grant winners to be named in late April. The new grant program follows the recent launch of Yahoo!'s new web hosting service. Yahoo! Web Hosting, the industry's first unlimited hosting service, eliminates worries about bandwidth and storage limits, freeing customers to focus on driving real value to their businesses.

The three grant recipients also will be eligible to win an additional bonus grant of $10,000, to be awarded in October to the one business that achieves the most growth resulting from the use of the initial grant and mentorship package.

"Yahoo! is committed to helping remove obstacles to small business success. As with our new unlimited Web hosting service, we believe there should be no limit to women's opportunities to create business success online," said Susan Vobejda, vice president, marketing, Yahoo! Small Business. "The 'Seeds for Success' grant program will help shine a spotlight on the powerful combination of inspiring women, breakthrough business ideas, and the unlimited reach of the Internet, provided by Yahoo! Small Business."

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