46 Businesses Supported by Small Business Builders Grant in Latest Round
These companies receive a $10,000 grant, expert coaching, and more to help them respond to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.
Kathryn
Forrest
30 Nov 2021

A local healthcare provider, a children’s gym, and a comedy club: These are just a few of the hundreds of businesses represented among the first six rounds of recipients from the KKR Small Business, one of a number of grant programs undertaken by the Global Entrepreneurship Network to provide direct support to entrepreneurs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and other significant challenges.

Created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the KKR program includes a $10,000 grant, mentoring and coaching opportunities with KKR employees, resources and online community through Hello Alice, as well as access to the Global Entrepreneurship Network. Small businesses in countries around the world are eligible, with preference given to those pivoting in response to the pandemic or providing vital community services.

One of the most recent recipients of this program Ming Thompson, the co-founder of Atelier Cho Thompson. Founded by two women of color, the architecture firm combines traditional architecture principles with interior design, graphic design, and strategy to build community and create a work environment friendly to working mothers.

“In 2020, we were focused on survival,” Thompson says. “When the majority of our projects were canceled or went on hold at the start of the pandemic, we quickly and nimbly figured out how to keep the company afloat and our employees taken care of. Now, in 2021, our focus is on building a well-established and resilient company for the future.”

She says the $10,000 grant will allow them to take things to the next level and bid for bigger projects in New York that will boost their reputation.

Still, the Global Entrepreneurship Network, KKR and Hello Alice recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, and the road to recovery is long. In response, our partners at KKR have pledged additional funding to support small businesses with more rounds of grant funding.

“KKR is honored to expand our partnership with Hello Alice and the Global Entrepreneurship Network to continue supporting small businesses as they recover and build resiliency,” said Joe Bae and Scott Nuttall, co-presidents and co-chief operating officers of KKR. “We plan to continue our KKR Relief Effort programs to spur global economic recovery and nurture the high-impact organizations and businesses playing a critical role in rebuilding and strengthening our communities.”   

Check out the full list of Round 6 recipients below. Recipients of Rounds 1-5 can be found here.

Round 6 Recipients

Amanda Gilchrist

Designed By Purpose Counseling & Consulting | Aiken, SC

Anietra LaBranche

The Inferno Barre and Dance Studio | Chicago, IL

Antoine Hutchinson

Fabpro Technologies | Baltimore, MD

Candice Norris

Shabu Plus | Washington, D.C.

Chantel Bratcher-Coleman

Shaping Minds Therapy | Newark, DE

Cheing Winston

Personfinances4us | Baltimore, MD

Cindy Graham

Brighter Hope Wellness Center | Clarksville, MD

Sandra Griffiths

Yoga Angels | Beverly Hills, CA

Debra Stirone

Gourmet Goodies | Mendon, NY

Deep Patel

OCA Mocha | Arbutus, MD

Deuene Hickman

Quality of Life Counseling Center | Hampton, VA

Faryal Rohail

WASE | London, United Kingdom

Huan Sun

Catonsville Happy Feet | Catonsville, MD

Jauvon Gilliam

Capitol Percussion + Backline Rentals | Riverdale, MD

Joel Cosme, Jr.

Community Grounds Coffee & Meeting House | Columbus, OH

Jon Renthrope

Cajun Fire Brewing Company | New Orleans, LA

Joseph Burgess

Queer Bar | Seattle, WA

Kathy Jo Miller Taylor

KJ’s Cakery Bakery | Kent, WA

Kelly Smith

Minni | Boston MA

Kenneth Ekechukwu

Axo Rock Kitchen & Lounge | El Paso TX

Lesia Daniel

Funtime Preschool of Clinton | Clinton, MS

Lisamarie Smith

Carpe Bleu’s Catering | Sacramento, CA

Lois Baker

Sweet Sosumba Vegan Cafe | Washington, D.C.

Means Cameron

blaCk Coffee Lounge | Cincinnati, OH

Melissa Eisner

Coffee Bandits | Merced, CA

Meredith Kaunitz

Art. Play. Learn. | Bowie, MD

Michael Bailey

Industry Soundz | Blue Springs, MO

Ming Thompson

Atelier Cho Thompson | New Haven, CT

Natalie Salinas

Olde Madrid | Racine, WI

Nathaniel DeMont

DeMont Guitars | Oswego, IL

Nicole Davidson

Batter Bar | Lynchburg, VA

Noel Davis

Paris Fit Studios | Philadelphia, PA

Nyshia Cook

NC Music Center | Charlotte, NC

Patrick Schnettler

12 Tides | San Francisco, CA

Perrin Chipouras

Orange Poppy Spa | Boulder, CO

Scott Proctor

East Side Pot Shop | Austin, TX

Shaunya Noble

Pastaholics | Lithia Springs, GA

Ticora Elaine Davis

The Creator’s Law Firm | Charlotte, NC

Tiffany Perkins

Plant Perks | Missoula, MT

Michael Davis

Good Vibes | Country Club Hills, IL

Twyla Grider

Stellar Creative Collective | Union City, NJ

Tyrell Timpson

Macon Progress Basketball | Beaverton, OR

Ulysses Marcelino

Excel Taekwondo Center | Canoga Park, CA

Uzonna Mkparu

Sun Group Energy | Seekonk, MA

Venus Barratt

The Wellness Kitchen of Warrenton, VA | Warrenton, VA

Vinessa Dickson

The Star Look | Decatur, GA

Willie Robinson

Chi-Town Cuts and Fades | Los Angeles, CA

Kathryn Forrest

Manager for Communications | Global Entrepreneurship Network

Kathryn is the Manager for Communications at the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), where she is… More