Four rounds complete, two rounds to go: As of July 6, Hello Alice has announced the first 95 recipients of the Business for All COVID-19 Emergency Grant program!
Among the Round 1–4 recipients, you'll find clothing businesses that've pivoted to manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) like reusable face masks and caps, and a bath and body shop that's quickly ramped up hand sanitizer production. One founder runs an inclusive therapy practice, and another operates El Paso's first locally-owned stringed instrument shop. Every single recipient has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to supporting their community during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
As we outlined in a recent blog post, each application underwent a thorough review process. More than 90,000 business owners applied so far, representing every segment of the New Majority, including military-connected individuals, those with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. So far, business owners have applied from all 50 states and from nearly every industry.
Of the 95 grant recipients that have been awarded:
- 64 or 67% are Women
- 40 or 42% are Black
- 21 or 22% are Military Connected (9 Military Family Members, 7 Veterans, and 2 Military Spouses)
- 21 or 22% are Hispanic
- 21 or 22% are White
- 10 or 11% are LGBTQ+
- 10 or 11% are Asian/Pacific Islander
- 8 or 8% are Individuals with a Disability or Disabilities
- 3 or 3% are Native/Indigenous
Each grant recipient was notified via a surprise Zoom call from the Hello Alice team. As you can see in each video, some of them got emotional.
Hello Alice appreciates small business owners for their patience as we conduct a thorough and fair review process. While there are more applications than funding, we are disbursing funding on a rolling basis and therefore continue to review new applications.
We still have two rounds of funding to distribute, and our team is working around the clock to continue to fundraise in order to provide as many grants as possible. All Round 1–4 non-recipients will be automatically reconsidered for later rounds of emergency grants.
Below, we've compiled the list of all recipients and a short description of each of their businesses. Keep an eye on Hello Alice social media as we regularly devote our feed to a new founder's story, and stay tuned for Round 5!
Do you or someone you know still need access to emergency funding to help their business survive? Applications are still open for a COVID-19 Business for All Emergency Grant!
Round 4 Recipients
Carlos Alves Studios | Miami, FL
Classy Cleanup Services | Chicago, IL
Done Right Roofing & Exteriors | Colorado Springs, CO
Enso Apothecary | Fort Worth, TX
Greenwood Brewing | Phoenix, AZ
Groundwork Partners | Washington, D.C.
Hideaway Hilo | Honolulu, HI
Kingston Properties | Biloxi, MS
Mario S. Rivas
KMR Gourmet| Los Angeles, CA
Kool Treats by Mama Dukes | Miami, FL
LMS General Contractors | Pompano Beach, FL
Los Abuelos Felices | Homestead. FL
Leon Sims Jr.
Main Event Barbershop | College Park, Maryland
Mainstream Plumbing | Garner, NC
Melanoid Exchange | Houston, TX
Morris Avenue Eyecare | Birmingham, AL
On the Spot Solutions | New Orleans, LA
Oregon Serigraphics | Roseburg, OR
Persal Property Improvements | Hollywood, FL
Playtastic Pediatric Therapy | Los Angeles, CA
Lady Blue Tailors | Aventura, FL
Ringler Landscape Design | Loxahatchee, FL
Salon Anaj | Dickinson, TX
Soulgood | Dallas, TX
StudioUs | Chicago, IL
Succor Properties | Hazel Crest, IL
Synthesis Design + Architecture | Los Angeles, CA
The Wise Decision | Detroit, MI
Wonju Korean Restaurant | Roanoke, VA
Sunshine Remodeling | New Orleans, LA
Round 3 Recipients
Owner, The Christie Law Firm | Hartford, CT
The Christie Law Firm provides legal services that place children at the center of its focus. The practice believes that parents have the most significant impact on their children's lives; therefore, if they help the parent, they help the child. The end result is a healthier family.
Founder and Owner, Custom Clinic HQ | San Diego, CA
With a background in regenerative sports medicine, Dr. Darryl Bates is starting a fellowship in genomics-based personalized medicine and looks forward to working with and educating patients about the ways lifestyle and genetics shapes their health. Since the disruption of COVID-19, Custom Clinic HQ has pivoted to COVID-19 testing to help businesses reopen safely by providing onsite antigen and antibody testing.
Owner, The Business and Real Estate Development Company, LLC | Minneapolis, MN
With many phases over the years, Robert Woods’ business was at one point a development company with a licensed realtor, architects, engineers, and contractor relationships Then the market collapsed and the Business moved on to independent consulting. Finally, the company turned to agriculture and energy efficiency, where it focuses its efforts today.
President and CEO, Pack Leaders ATL | Atlanta, GA
Pack Leaders ATL was founded in 2017 by Bruno Rose and Patrick Kopp. After meeting many pet parents who didn’t like their experience with dog-walking gig apps, Bruno and Patrick decided to create a pet care company that focused on providing a personalized and professional experience for pet parents. As Pack Leaders ATL grows, the duo hopes to create a standard of pet care, community engagement, and professionalism that is new to the pet care industry.
CFO and COO, Madison Enterprises | Chicago, IL
In 2016, Freda and Kevin Madison created Madison Enterprises to revitalize and sustain Chicago’s South and West Side neighborhoods that have been distressed due to foreclosures. The family-owned business has so far rehabbed 20 units, creating a safe and affordable environment where residents can live, work, and play without going outside of their community.
Founder and CEO, The Critical Thinking Child | Chicago, IL
Founder and CEO Lemi-Ola Erinkitola once struggled to find reliable strategies she could use to support her own children in their academic growth. Today, The Critical Thinking Child equips parents with innovative teaching that helps them support their children. The academic programs provided through CTC also prepare students to think deeply about their evolving world and navigate academic success within the context of our modern era of technology.
Owner, Ray J's College of Hair | Baton Rouge, LA
Operated by a husband and wife team, Ray J's College of Hair was founded in 1993 to help men and women reach and obtain their God-gifted talent. The business has grown to be recognized throughout the state as a school dedicated to supporting the community through free haircuts.
Owner, EyeSeeMe African American Children's Bookstore | University City, MO
The EyeSeeMe African American Children’s Bookstore opened its doors on Juneteenth 2015 in response to the owner’s difficulty finding books that featured African Americans heroes for her four children. With the help of the St. Louis community, the store has grown year over year and has been able to reach and enhance the lives of more children all the time.
Owner and Director, Tempe Dance West | Phoenix, AZ
Tempe Dance West believes in nurturing the talent of each individual student as they explore movement and music. The studio’s teaching philosophy is centered on instilling a passion for dance, while also building self-esteem and confidence in every child. The students’ well-being is our number one priority; their capability is secondary. TDW’s mission is to promote arts education and to ensure any child has the opportunity to learn this healthy art form, regardless of their economic status.
Ian Wilson Consulting Group | Cincinnati, OH
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President, K & S Precision Cut Parts Manufacturing | Ft. Worth, TX
K & S Precision Cut Parts Manufacturing is a minority, woman-owned business founded in September 2004. Today, the machine shop provides CNC machining service to customers in the North Texas aerospace industry.
Owner, L.A. Boys Transport | Compton, CA
Fully owned and operated by a 26-year-old mother of two, L.A. Boys Transport started in 2018 with two trucks and currently operates four box trucks in Southern California. The company is eager to grow and recently switched from operating dry freight to focus on the increasingly relevant refrigerator industry.
Co-Founder, Blue Latitudes | La Jolla, CA
Blue Latitudes is a women-owned marine environmental consulting firm dedicated to seeking out opportunities for conservation at the intersection of industry and the environment. In 2018, Co-Founder Emily Hazelwood was listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for her efforts with Blue Latitudes to develop sustainable, creative, and cost-effective solutions for the environmental issues that surround the offshore oil and gas industry.
Owner, Samora's Lunch Wagon | Montevideo, MN
For about a decade, Fred Samora’s Lunch Wagon typically would go out for the morning and noon breaks to factories and small businesses in Montevideo, MN. Then he was approached to supply food to the local hospital/clinic for their cafeteria. Today they operate at the clinic from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.with a small breakfast menu and a daily lunch special.
Co-Founder and Owner, Root Cellar Foods | Belgrade, MT
Root Cellar Foods turns locally grown and organic vegetables into ingredients that both restaurants and retail consumers can use to prepare meals. Farmers do the planting, growing, and harvesting. Root Cellar does the washing, chopping, shredding, and slicing. A new online market increases accessibility of local produce, as well as local meat, dairy, grains, and other value-added items to Montana’s Gallatin Valley community.
Co-Founder, Treehouse Tots Preschool | Culver City, CA
Co-Founders Christi and Hana Lewkow took a leap of faith and opened a boutique nature-based preschool. Treehouse Tots started with two kiddos; within three months, they were completely full. The school continues to be rooted in a deep love for teaching kindness and compassion and embracing a multicultural classroom.
Owner, Barley Hospitality Group | Miami, FL
Barley Hospitality is a story of family and perseverance. Following the financial devastation triggered by the 2008 market collapse, a father and son team ventured into a new industry hoping to bring the family back from financial brink. They shared a love for cooking and people that, combined with hard work, resulted in success. Today they are a neighborhood fixture that brings happiness and good memories to their customers.
Owner, Brentwood Shipping & Mailboxes | Brentwood, CA
Founded in 1991, Brentwood Shipping and Mailbox has served the small but wonderful community of Brentwood, CA by providing essential and much needed shipping services. Owner Amir Rahnama prides himself on treating customers with respect, honesty, and integrity and creating a family-like atmosphere with longtime customers.
Co-Owner and Vice President, Affordable Rooter and More | Littleton, CO
Affordable Rooter and More started out in 2005 cleaning grease traps and performing main line repairs for residential customers. By 2008, the business evolved to focus on a hydro-excavation process that cleans culverts, inlets, and valve boxes on state highway and roadway projects, primarily for the Colorado Department of Transportation.
CEO, Construction Concepts and Design | Charlotte, NC
Construction Concepts and Designis a full-service licensed general contractor firm specializing in commercial and residential projects in Charlotte, NC.
Round 2 Recipients
Owner, The Little Mustard Seed | New Baltimore, Michigan
For founder Kathy Cox, starting The Little Mustard Seed was an extension of her “organic” lifestyle, allowing others to experience her passion for healthy living. She serves fresh, healthy, and allergen-sensitive food to her community in New Baltimore, Michigan.
Daniel Foust and Daniel Joseph
Members, FoJo Beans | Hamilton, New York
Starting in a garage in 2012, FoJo Beans, a Veteran-Owned, artisan, coffee roasting business, was named Chenango Co. 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year. Part of the local food movement, FoJo Beans established a reputation at central NY farmer markets by providing specialty-graded, fairly traded, and earth-friendly coffee beans.
Owner, 52eighty Distilling | Littleton, Colorado
After becoming complacent and weighed down with the mundane world of finance, founder Erick Demgen decided to start 52eighty Distilling with his brother. 52eighty Distilling uses innovative distilling techniques, locally-sourced ingredients, and crisp Rocky Mountain water to produce the highest quality distilled spirits. Since founding, the company has become an integral part of the community, donating to schools, at risk youth groups, and mentorship programs.
Owner, Oceans Car Wash | Lewisville, Texas
Oceans Car Wash is an express and full service car wash serving Lewisville, Texas and the surrounding areas.
Owner, Nail'd It! Spa | Stanton, California
Dalena Huynh opened her own nail salon in the hopes of providing a space for manicurists to work together as a whole unit. The manicurists at her shop have been working together for over 10 years, and have more than 60 years of combined experience. By fostering a sense of community within the salon, Nail’d It! Spa is so much more than just a salon, it is a family.
Owner/CEO, Kids and Adults Therapy Services | Katy, Texas
Kids and Adults Therapy Services is a small private practice in a clinical setting that offers specialized 1:1 therapy interventions. Speech therapy is provided to individuals of all ages with medical diagnosis such as Parkinson's disease, dementia, stroke and brain injury, swallow difficulty, vocal cord injury, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and speech communications disorders, to name a few. They also offer a VIP service in Speech Therapy Management.
CEO, DuFresne Solutions Group | Austin, Texas
DuFresne Solutions Group is a leadership development and training firm serving clients in the commercial, nonprofit, and government sectors. As a result of working with the firm, mid-level managers build great teams, reduce employee turnover, and build vibrant and happy company culture.
Co-Founder and CEO, Makelab | New York, New York
Founded by two Pratt industrial design alumni with a passion of making, Makelab strives to free creativity from the messy and technical hassle of maintaining a 3D printing schedule. CEO Christina Perla fosters a community of like-minded, motivated, and passionate people to share a common interest: to create.
Owner, Delaware Limo | Wilmington, Delaware
Delaware Limo was conceived from the decades of experience in the transportation industry shared by Elorm and his father, George. After saving earnings from driving a taxi alongside his father, Elorm was able to purchase his first luxury black car and provided first-class service throughout Delaware. Elorm and co-founder Allen Yang have since evolved the company into a lasting brand for luxury transportation in Delaware.
Owner, Pyramid Grocery | Atlanta, Georgia
Chloe Floyd founded Pyramid Grocery after realizing a need for fresh produce in Pittsburgh communities. Pyramid Grocery strives to increase the availability of these healthy groceries, especially for communities who lack transportation and/or have physical disabilities that hinder their trips to visit other food markets miles away.
Founder/CEO, Whystle | Charlotte, North Carolina
For founder Christopher Wright, Whystle started as the answer to a personal problem: a messy apartment with no time to clean it. He started Whystle with the ideal that scheduling your home cleaning should be as easy as ordering an Uber. Today, Whystle provides transparent prices, no contracts, and easy access through a mobile app that allows people to clean less and live more.
BlackFeet Productions | New York, New York
BlackFeet is a multi-faceted music production imprint founded by Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby in 1999. They compose, write, produce, perform, release, and license music worldwide. BlackFeet also writes and performs music for radio, TV, and theater. Cultural preservation is fundamental to the creative ethos at BlackFeet as they partner with arts organizations and offer educational workshops and residencies nationwide.
Owner, Best Coast Burritos | Emeryville, California
Best Coast Burritos was inspired by California, and their menu is a love letter to some of the most classic Mexican taquerias you will find scattered along the West Coast from San Diego to San Francisco. Best Coast Burritos is your northern California home of the California Burrito, a burrito loaded with fries, meat, guacamole, cheese, sour cream, and salsa.
President/CEO, Groshell Logistics | Brandywine, Maryland
Ms. Archer started Groshell Logistics in 2017 in memory of her father. She wanted to expand on the offerings of the family business adding move management and warehouse fulfillment. She has transported buses from Turkey to Orlando, Florida, shipped construction equipment to Puerto Rico, and currently works with one of the nation's defense contractors shipping satellite components.
Owner, Sway'D StyleLounge | Birmingham, Michigan
Sway'D StyleLounge encompasses a concierge as well as an environment that allows clients to stay on task while indulging in self-care. For example, a client who needs a car wash or a dry cleaner pick-up can have all of this done during the duration of their services. Being a single mother and serial entrepreneur, founder Desiree Santiago understands the true value of time and the need for self-care and getting things done. So, why not do it all at the same time?
Owner, Anime Imports | Pacifica, California
William Fields opened Anime Imports in 2001 to sell Japanese anime, video games, and card games to dedicated members of the community. Since then, they’ve expanded to include American and European comic offerings. Their most recent expansion was to start offering escape rooms for team building and fun, adding a new dimension to the business.
Lila Teunissen and Michelle Thomsen
Owners, Bed N Biscuit Ranch | Bismarck, North Dakota
Founders Lila Teunissen and Michelle Thomsen started with their experience volunteering with local animal rescues. They transferred this passion for animal specialty care into their business, Bed N Biscuit Ranch, where they offer a premium selection of care and grooming services for pets.
Owner, JLD-Studios | Portland, Oregon
Started eight years ago, JLD-Studios is now a full-service United States Clothing Manufacturer and Development Resource for brands of all sizes. The foundation was built on a commitment to customers in quality, speed, and communication. Most recently they’ve turned this focus toward mask making and look forward to a post-COVID-19 world and reintegrating all of their services.
Owner, NBHD Brulee | New York, New York
Located in the heart of Harlem, NBHD Brulee is Harlem’s finest new coffee shop priding themselves in uncompromising quality by sourcing ingredients from local suppliers to provide the freshest, highest-quality offerings. NBHD Brulee offers a variety of coffees and teas served in a beautiful vintage setting.
Co-Founder, Autism Community Store | Aurora, Colorado
The Autism Community Store was a dream that grew from Co-Founder Shannon Sullivan’s family struggles and joys caring for a young child with autism. Upon opening in 2007, the Autism Community Store became the first store in the country to specialize in products for individuals on the autism spectrum.
Co-owner/Operator, MKH Early Education Center | Aurora, Illinois
MKH Early Education Center supports the whole family in a unique partnership, making sure each child is given the best start — socially, emotionally, and academically. This creates balance in the lives of our families as parents know they can pursue professional goals, guilt-free.
Owner, Caregiving Corner | Charlotte, North Carolina
Caregiving Corner was founded with the idea that caregiving could be made easier for families if everyone had access to a healthcare navigator to help them understand the long-term care system. Based in Charlotte, North Caroline, Caregiving Corner has been working with communities of aging and disabled adults to bring them peace of mind.
Founder/CEO, Spadet | New York, New York
Spadet manufactures pure, safe, and all-natural beauty and wellness products using their olive soap or olive glycerin as special ingredients. They utilize a special blend of locally-sourced extra virgin olive oil that undergoes their special cold-process to retain nourishing properties, helping communities who suffer from skin sensitivities.
Dr. Christopher Phang
Owner, Harlem Pediatric Associates | New York, New York
Stemming from a sense of responsibility, Christopher Phang founded Harlem Pediatric Associates to serve his community. Harlem Pediatric Associates was founded in May 2006 to provide access to high-quality pediatric medical care for children living in Central and East Harlem.
Founder/Executive Chef, Hand Crafted Catering | New Rochelle, New York
Hand Crafted was started as a labor of love for local, sustainable ingredients and the powerful impact it has on the community and its individuals. The company began with curated small dinners and has grown into corporate holiday events, corporate executive dinners, mixers, private in-home events, and everything in between.
Owner, Alton's Old School Barbershop | Dallas, Texas
Alton's Barbershop is committed to excellence, serving their community by providing a full selection of cuts and shaves. They also serve the barber industry by offering education through the shop.
Owner, Velo Concepts | Culpeper, Virginia
In 2014, Mr. Coppola launched VeloConcepts to bring his love & passion for the bike to Culpeper. Coupled with his over 30 years experience as a fitter, VeloConcepts has quickly become the go-to bike fitter in the Mid Atlantic region, fostering a community of local cyclists.
Owner, Smile Center of Huntsville | Huntsville, Alabama
Dr. Battle started Smile Center of Huntsville to provide quality dental care and employment opportunities to address the need for services in the area. Smile Center also provides mentorship and learning opportunities.
Owner, DrugChek Safety Supplies | Palestine, Texas
Founder Mabrico Johnson created his independent company after seeing the need for a professional company that could help other companies and HR managers in the on-boarding of new staff. Today, they assist companies in the employment and retention process.
Dr. Okah Anyokwu
Owner, Avant Behavioral Consultants | Austell, Georgia
Avant Interventional Psychiatry is an outpatient private practice located in Atlanta. They specialize in the treatment of resistant psychiatric disorders, tele-psychiatry, counseling, substance abuse treatment, and TMS Therapy.
Dalila P Bernal Castro
CEO, Mi Escuelita Spanish | Menlo Park, California
Founded in 2008, Mi Escuelita provides care and education in Spanish to children 2 to 5 years old from Menlo Park, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Carlos, and other cities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Students take part in a preschool curriculum with a 100% Spanish immersion component.
Co-Founder, Wire | Los Angeles, California
Wire is a clean tech mobility startup that launched the first-ever nationwide mobility subscription service starting with electric scooters. They are now launching the first-ever cargo seated scooter with cargo e-bikes and moped in the near future. Having developed a growing base of riders across the country, Wire has evolved into a platform democratizing affordable last mile transportation.
Owner, The Cute Shuttle | Atlanta, Georgia
The Cute Shuttle transportation company transports participants during large concerts, festivals, and events all around the city of Atlanta. Today, they provide an eco-friendly transit system that connects its people from point A to B in an environmentally-conscious way.
Owner, Yoli's Training Team | Lakewood, Colorado
YTT works with low-income and marginalized community members to provide the opportunity to engage in healthy and active living. Services range from mental health, emotional wellness, and physical wellness.
Owner, MullerPhoto | Los Angeles, California
Michael Muller turned his early passion of taking photographs into a business when he started bringing on a team to assist in his creative campaigns. Today, his studio creates content for magazines like Flaunt to Vanity Fair, and numerous movie posters from The Avengers to Inherent Vice.
Round 1 Recipients
Co-Owner, Symphony String Music Co. | El Paso, Texas
Symphony Strings Music Co. is the first locally owned stringed instrument shop in El Paso, Texas. This is a wife and husband operation that specializes in violin, viola, and cello. It was established to help local students, parents, and teachers find quality instruments and knowledge.
Founder and CEO, Kit | Houston, Texas
As the antidote to standard sizing and throwaway fashion, Kit is a clothing company based in Houston, Texas. Kit is built to serve women looking for high-quality clothing in breathable fabrics that provide a graceful fit. During COVID-19, Kit is pivoting in-house production to deliver reusable cloth masks.
Owner and Chef, Reverence | New York, New York
A seminal figure in San Francisco’s underground dining scene, influential chef-owner Russell Jackson (Bravo TV’s Going Off the Menu) came to New York in 2019 and established Reverence. This is his fine-dining destination in Harlem, where patrons can explore the flavors of Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
Owner, The Body Lounge | Stowe, Vermont
Located in Stowe, Vermont, The Body Lounge is a natural bath and body shop that balances upscale style with a colorful, fun vibe. Since opening in 2005, its in-house brand has garnered a loyal following and is now offered in nearly 200 stores throughout the Northeast.
Co-Founder, Not Sorry Apparel | Detroit, Michigan
Established in Detroit, Michigan, Not Sorry Apparel is an eco-friendly lifestyle brand created to combat the growing fast fashion problem. By re-constructing vintage and upcycling preloved garments, they provide unique, sustainable, and affordable pieces customers can feel good about wearing.
Managing Member, Pound Cake Society | Los Angeles, California
Pound Cake Society is a Los Angeles based apparel company co-founded by Adrienne Gordon. The company’s luxury sleep/loungewear collection was scheduled for a Spring 2020 debut at Nordstrom.com. Now they’ve pivoted their business and retooled to produce PPE face masks for health care workers.
Co-Founder, Austin Counseling Collective | Austin, Texas
Fueled by her passion to bring mental health care to the underserved, Melody co-founded Austin Counseling Collective in Austin, Texas. This boldly inclusive group therapy community is committed to its mission of "Embracing Diversity" for people of color, LGBTQ+ communities, those with disabilities, low-income populations, and other marginalized groups.
CEO and Co-Founder, Brief Homes | Miami, Florida
Founded in Miami, Florida, Brief Homes bridges the gap between hotels and short term rentals with unique vacation rental spaces. Krys’ company provides curated cultural and community experiences that celebrate the diversity of South Florida.
Owner, Global Cafe | Lawrence, Kansas
With a penny and a dream, Kate Gonzalez opened the Global Cafe in her hometown of Lawrence, Kansas. She and her staff infuse their Midwestern, Mexican, and Venezuelan heritage into their unique cuisine, serving up fresh, healthy, locally-sourced foods for the community.
Stanella “Stella” Victor
Owner, Fix My Repairs | Atlanta, Georgia
Fix My Repairs started with a handyman and business school graduate who decided to merge their strengths and form a skilled trades company in Atlanta. As client demand increased, they hired subcontractors to keep up with demand. Now they train, mentor, and hire young adults, minorities, and women in the construction industry.