Vote for One Mom-Owned Business To Win a $1000 Grant!

This contest is sponsored by Comcast. At ABQ Mom, we seek to partner witxh businesses that bring value to our readers.

We were so overwhelmed by the many amazing entries for the $1000 Mom-Owned Small Business Grant. It was really tough to narrow it down. But below are our five finalists.

Now YOU get the final say.

Cast your vote below and help us choose the winner. The woman-owned business with the most votes by the end of the day on November 15 is the winner of the $1000 grant from Comcast and ABQ Mom.

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Check out our five finalists for the $1000 Mom-Owned Business Grant and vote below.

ABQ Eye Care

Mamie C. Chan, O. D. and owner

Originally established by her father in 1959, ABQ Eye Care is a solo practitioner eye care private practice. We do complete primary eye care for adults and children. Dr. Chan’s parents grew up in poor in segregated Mississippi, where her mom went to a segregated, all Chinese school ages K-12. Her parents got out of poverty through education, and they moved to ABQ in 1959 to create a better life. They have since become stalwarts of the ABQ Community, and Dr. Chan plans on continuing their legacy. Recently, she’s been involved in bringing an optometry exhibit to the EXPLORA X-Studio and serving as a mentor there. The practice is a provider for InfantSEE, a public health program that checks eyes for free for babies 0-12 months. They have a strong pediatric practice and believe strongly in the strength of our children being the key to our future. They aim to continue their tradition of community involvement, education, and inclusivity of health care for all.

All the technicians are all certified paraoptometric technicians, but in order to keep up their certification, they have to do CE and have been unable to do their CE these last few years due to COVID. The funding would help the technicians get that continuing education and update their certification. Additionally, most of the grant money would help with payroll expenses as they are still rebuilding after COVID.

ABQ Healthcare 2 You

Monica Closner-Kozlowski, Owner and Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

ABQ Healthcare 2 You is a house call healthcare service for pediatric patients and their parents. It provides well child checks, vaccines, and sick visits in the comfort of your home. The practice accepts medical insurance and fee for service options. Providers travel for these mobile visits throughout Albuquerque and some in Rio Rancho. After 20 years in pediatric practice and 12 years as a Nurse Practitioner, Monica decided to create this business to provide accessible and friendly means to healthcare for the families of Albuquerque. As the business continues to grow, the practice has been able to provide a safe and convenient way for patients to receive care in the midst of a pandemic and now post pandemic.

Any monetary grants will help aid in our desire to hire more providers and also transition our contract workers into employees so we are able to expand our services throughout the city. We would also use funds for needed medical equipment, electronic medical records costs, and other entities that are necessary for running a mobile medical service.

Rio Refills

Jamie Sandoval, Founder and Owner

Rio Refills was created to offer simple, clean and sustainable products for you to purchase and refill to help reduce the use of single use plastic. You can bring in a container, buy one or use a recycled one, and fill it up with basic household cleaning and body/home products such as soap, lotion, laundry detergent, dishwasher powder, etc. Other items include package free soap bars, toothpaste tablets, dryer balls, and bamboo made products. The shop is in a renovated trailer that parks in different areas around town.

With the grant money, this brand new business hopes to add new products to its shop as well as advertise and expand its reach. It’s started out small (but mighty) over the last 7 months and has limited resources. But it’s ready to take next steps!

The Inspire Blueprint

Tatiana Muse, Owner

The Inspire Blueprint is a community for women that desire to start their own businesses. It stands on the belief of helping women get out of their own way to build a life full of freedom, impact, and legacy. This happens through motivational content, business tools and programs, and the new lifestyle product shop launching in mid-November 2022. The goal is to meet women where they are, no matter what they may have experienced in the past or the setbacks they’ve dealt with.

The Inspire Blueprint started out as a business course and is now a full brand. Tatiana would use the grant money towards the efforts of ordering a small stash of product inventory and shipping materials, including a small order of business planners, boxes, and branded packaging for each order. She would also use a small portion of the money to run an ad campaign on Instagram to spread the message to a new audience. Lastly, she plans to giveaway $100 of the grant money to support someone else’s dream to fund something for their business.

Wholeistic Mental and Physical Health

Anney Snyder, Owner & Director

WMPH is a counseling and therapy agency dedicated to providing services for depression, anxiety, trauma and stress serving clients in-person and via telehealth throughout New Mexico. We recently completed an application to begin assisting Medicaid clients with Case Management Services, offering resources to connect with housing, food, clothing, and education resources among other tangible needs. We also have a new program designed to provide low or no cost services to individuals in the community needing mental health at low or no cost to them with graduate school interns.

With the launch of a newly developed Case Management Program, WMPH has expanded their offices to work with clients needing basic tangible services. Having a calm and lovely decorated office space to greet them in a dignifying and welcoming way would be such a wonderful opportunity to meet these clients “where they are at” and from the onset let them know they are deserving of these services. This money would provide a way to create an oasis for these clients seeking care.

Voting is now closed.

Stay tuned. We will announce the winner of Nov. 17, 2022.



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