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Melissa Washington

Small Business Award

The annual Melissa Washington Small Business Award (MWSBA) will be up to $5,000 and will be up to the discretion of the awards committee and Board of Directors.

The MWSBA is awarded to a woman veteran to start or expand her business.

Finalists will be notified by June 30th and must attend the Women Veterans Alliance Unconference held September 8-10, 2023, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Required documents to be uploaded within application:

      • P&L or Tax Return
      • Professional Headshot

MWSBA Committee Members:

Chairwoman Jennifer Vollbrecht, Marine Corps (2020 Recipient)
Siobhan Cunningham, Air Force (2021 Recipient)

Leanne Babcock, Air Force Reserves (2019 Recipient)

Beth Beeson, Marine Corps (2018 Recipient)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do I have to already have an established business?  No

I am still on active duty do I qualify?  Yes

Since I am only in the start up stages, I do not have any any tax returns or P&Ls. What can I do?   Submit your financial projections.

I do not have a professional headshot. Can I submit a regular photo?  Any photo will work. Just be advised, if you are selected as a finalist, this photo will be shared widely!

Congratulations to our 2022 MWSBA Winner!

Jacqueline Garrick

Army Veteran

President & Founder

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