ROWAN TREE ANNOUNCES FOUR MEMBERSHIP GRANTS TO MINORITY WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS IN NOVA

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For Immediate Release
June 30, 2021
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Kate Janich
571-395-5523
kate@workrowan.com

ROWAN TREE ANNOUNCES FOUR MEMBERSHIP GRANTS TO MINORITY WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS IN NOVA

Herndon-based coworking community focused on women entrepreneurs is committed to support and lead efforts to achieve equity and equality throughout NoVA and beyond.

In the summer of 2020, Rowan Tree — a coworking community focused on women entrepreneurs — committed to support and lead efforts to achieve equity and equality for BIPOC (Black, Indigineous, and People of Color) citizens. Starting with a listening session focused on helping members better understand other members’ perspectives and experiences, co-founders Amy Dagliano and Kate Viggiano Janich continued their work to educate themselves, their members, and to take action. 

Today, Rowan Tree announced the recipients of Rowan Tree membership grants focused on women of color business owners in Northern Virginia. Originally planning to award one grant, Rowan Tree announced four winners today.

Through its 10 to 1 membership model, for every ten memberships, Rowan Tree awards one “Rowan Tree Cogrowth Membership Grant” to a woman entrepreneur who might have barriers to building her business. This grant comes at an especially critical time as many small and micro businesses were forced to pivot and reset due to the pandemic. Specifically minority women-owned businesses are suffering, even as they help to drive the post-pandemic economy. 

In keeping with their mission to support women entrepreneurs and continuing to support minority women, co-founders Kate and Amy know this membership grant can exponentially help to improve chances of success in business. Even more, the relationships fostered will ripple into the local community. 

The “Rowan Tree Cogrowth Membership” Grant is the “grand-prize” and offers a one-year Full Bloom membership — including full-time workspace, a supportive community of women entrepreneurs, and unique professional and personal growth events. Included in this grant is a seat in Rowan Tree’s Business Cogrowth Cohort program. 

This Cogrowth Membership Grant was awarded to Bianca Moskaitis, Founder of Reel II Real Experiences, a local non-profit with a mission to help children learn and grow through experiences they may not otherwise have the opportunity to have. Bianca says, “I’ve been looking for a welcoming women’s community as a young African American female living in Reston, VA. After experiencing the open arms of all the women who participated in Rowan Tree’s weekly coffee networking event, I couldn’t wait to get to know more people like-minded and driven in business.”

Cofounders with Grant Winner Bianca
Cogrowth Membership Grant was awarded to Bianca Moskaitis, Founder of Reel II Real Experiences with CoFounders Amy and Kate

Kia Cole, a former Rowan Tree Cogrowth Membership grant recipient and Co-Founder of MomAgentBox, states, “Rowan Tree has been an invaluable asset to the launch of my new business. The relationships, knowledge and camaraderie within the community is second to none! Without the membership grant I would still be trying to figure out how to get my business off the ground and I would have far fewer friends and resources at my disposal.”

Next, Rowan Tree awarded the first runner up with a Business Cogrowth Cohort program grant. In the spirit of Rowan Tree’s value pillar, “women supporting women,” this Business Cogrowth Cohort Grant is sponsored by Quality Information Partners Inc, and will enable the winner to participate in a 10-week business accelerator cohort focused on women business owners. Beth Young who is the Co-Founder and President of QIP is a member of Rowan Tree and is committed to elevating other business women. 

Business Cogrowth Cohort Grant sponsor Beth Young, Co-Founder and President of Quality Information Partners Inc, with winner Mary Hayes.
Business Cogrowth Cohort Grant sponsor Beth Young, Co-Founder and President of Quality Information Partners Inc, with winner Mary Hayes.

The recipient of this Cogrowth Cohort grant is Mary Hayes, CEO and Founder of FurryLuv Cuisine. Mary’s company provides fresh human grade dog food, toppers, snacks and recipes without the unhealthy additives. She looks forward to learning from other Rowan Tree members and using her time in the Cohort program to focus on her near-term goals of connecting with local farmers and nutritionists and finding ways to enter into the healthy pet food market.

Because additional candidates that applied also demonstrated such passion and promise for their businesses, Rowan Tree wanted to extend their support further by offering “Sprout Memberships” to the runner-up applicants. The “Sprout Memberships” are part-time memberships to Rowan Tree and enable women business owners to connect with the community and participate in programming focused on supporting business development as well as professional and personal growth and well-being. The two winners include Kelly McKinley, owner of FIT4MOM Franklin Farm/Oakton and Suman Kapur, CEO of Well Balanced Solutions.  

Sprout Membership Grant Winner Kelly McKinley (center) with Co-Founders Amy and Kate
Sprout Membership Grant Winner Kelly McKinley (center) with Co-Founders Amy and Kate

Previous grant recipient and owner of Chantilly Mediation and Facilitation, Gina Weatherup, explains the value of her grant: “Getting free access to the entire Rowan Tree experience – the space, the people, the workshops, online and in-person – has been instrumental in increasing my business savvy and confidence. I’ve learned that I need to be fully myself and clients will come – and they have! That’s part of why I went from Membership Grant Recipient to Grounding Member.”

The Rowan Tree community gathered in person and virtually to celebrate the announcement and the new members of this coworking community. 

Rowan Tree Community celebrates Grant Winners

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Based in Herndon, Virginia, Rowan Tree is a coworking community that is geared for women entrepreneurs and welcome to ALL. Rowan Tree offers an inclusive, safe, and open virtual community and a beautiful, productive in-person workspace. Within our growth ecosystem of women entrepreneurs and passionate allies, we intentionally foster a community of connection, collaboration, and inspiration. We infuse a mix of business, wellness, creativity, laughter, and self-health into our Rowgramming. Learn more at https://workrowan.com 

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