DAY OF THE RED: New Female-Fronted Businesses Get Grants

four entrepreneurs chosen out of 28 applications for latest Red Letter Grants

Matthew Baughman

MEET THE CHAMPIONS. The winners of the latest round of the Red Letter Grant program. (Submitted photo)
MEET THE CHAMPIONS. The winners of the latest round of the Red Letter Grant program. (Submitted photo)

This year’s Red Letter Grant finalists were unveiled on Nov. 18, and four female entrepreneurs were chosen out of 28 applications. The Red Letter Grant was created to and aims to support and empower female entrepreneurs, a mission achieved in part through offering annual grants to women-owned businesses in a 10-county area of western Wisconsin. The nominees awarded this time around were chosen from their fall 2022 application pool.

Hair Stuff Beauty Supply, Eau Claire

As an online boutique store, Marquita Davis’ Hair Stuff Beauty Supply provides people with intentional hair care products. Black and female owned, Red Letter Grant has awarded the hair beauty supply store with one of their four grants in support of Hair Stuff Beauty Supply looking to build a physical location in Eau Claire sometime in the next year.

Joyful Land Farm, Elmwood

Joyful Land Farm seeks to educate communities and connect with them in hopes of offering resources necessary for successful gardening. Teresa Davis will offer patrons ways to develop their knowledge in produce growing, harvesting, and seed saving.

Little Turtles ISR Swim School, Chippewa Falls

Karlene Ertmer’s goal through the swim school is to educate infants as young as six months with alternative options to traditional swimming lessons. While the overarching objective of the school is to educate infants in swimming techniques, Karlene’s root goal is to help kids develop swimming skills should they ever find themselves in water alone.

Stephanie Miller Cancer Doula, Eau Claire

Stephanie Miller is a survivor of cancer with experience as a caregiver to her husband while he too went through his cancer journey. Because of those experiences, she has created an organization that utilizes her personal experience as a resource. Her practice works to guide both cancer patients and caregivers as they undergo their own trials, offering both education and emotional and mental support.

Each of the four chosen recipients will receive a $2,000 grant and will be highlighting all the applicants in their next newsletter. For more information about the Red Letter Grant, check out their website at

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