Results for the peaChic 2011 fall grants for small businesses


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Bozeman, MT – Frankee Muller, the owner of A Thirst For Tea has been awarded the peaChic Fall 2011 grant

The results are in Fall 2011 peaChic grant Honorable Mentions


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1. Always Travel Light – Paula Vance
Always Travel Light, Inc. (ATL) seeks to build partnerships within communities to develop projects that empower individuals, energize small businesses, enhance education, and promote good stewardship of the environment.

The ATL emblem represents the uplifting breeze that carries us through the journey of life and the unspoken (and often unseen) support that comes at just the moment we need it most.

2. Barbara Harms Fiber Art (formerly Asian Art and Quilts) – Barbara Harms
Contemporary fiber art with a unique perspective, from abstract to Asian fusion. With affordable art direct from the artist, why settle for copies?
On her blog, she has works in progress, tutorials & interviews with some amazing quilters and quilt artists.These are artists that have inspired us all; Diane Gaudynski, Karen McTavish, Ann Fahl, Denise Tallon Havlon, Lisa Call, Frieda Anderson, Ann Brauer to mention a few.

3. BBX, Inc. – Dedelle Barbanti
Her mission was to discover what worked and what was lacking in other group fitness formats and develop workouts that would give people amazing results in less time and without the use of equipment!
Dede has taken her passion for health and fitness, developing 3 innovative formats that are literally changing the face of group fitness as we know it. She has taken the art of body weight training and endurance training to a whole new level by developing extremely innovative methods never seen before in the fitness industry: Applied muscle resistance and the use of RSL (Rotational, Swivel, Lateral) patterns, both which are integrated into what she likes to call “POWER ENDURANCE TRAINING (PET)”. Dede, herself, lost 65 pounds in under 7 months. We are so inspired by her!

4. Crave, LLC – Lisa Matalon

Savory or Sweet . . . we make what you crave!

Crave. creates edible indulgence you will crave and devour! Each batch is lovingly prepared using the freshest seasonal produce and finest quality ingredients. All Crave. products are handmade, in small batches.

5. Girls With Wings, Inc. – Lynda Meeks
Girls With Wings, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization partnering with Very Important Pilots, LLC. GWW includes current women in aviation fields, and the future ones. It also refers to encouraging girls to have wings no matter their dreams.
Lynda plans to include more aviation careers and hobbies, with the help of the rest of the aviation community. Girls With Wings sees great things ahead for future generations in aviation.


6. Lanier Images Web Design & Graphic Design and Beta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. – Nichole Lanier
Lanier Images Web Design and Graphic Design focuses on the in depth intricate and ever changing world of design. Those changes are what make the world wide web a diverse tool of emerging technology and images.
Beta Phi Omega Sorority is an organization that does not discriminate against women because of their ethnic background and sexual orientations. It’s been very important to them to form of a unified, unique, diverse, and comfortable sisterhood. With the many issues that affect the LGBT community day to day, they’ve also wanted to be a strong and active voice in the community by providing our service and leadership. Presently, Beta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. is victorious in offering exceptional service and leadership to many companies and organizations not just in the LGBT arena, but in all areas of service.

7. Saavycents – Melinda Claudepierre
Best wallet organizer. Organize cash and coupons in a fashionable way.
Savvycents was first formed in January of 2009 after Melinda Claudepierre read a book about becoming debt free and following the cash envelope system of budgeting.
Frustrated with paper envelopes and disorganization with her wallet, she wanted to create a wallet that would allow her to keep her cash in separate categories and also give quick access to her drivers license, coin holder, and all of her discount cards and coupons. The Savvycents wallet organizer allows you to have all these thing in an attractive wallet that every woman would love to carry.

8. Seven Sprouts – Bari Horton
Welcome to Seven Sprouts, we create amazing reusable fashionable totes, eliminating plastic bags with every shop!
Every day we make choices that impact our communities and for that matter the entire planet. The solution to the cheap polypropylene bags that are available at every retailer is a sturdy, high quality, fashionable tote which will make the conversion process easier and truly contribute to a reusable solution long term. So when you choose reusable cloth totes for all of your shopping needs, we reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in our landfills, oceans, and landscape.
So, liberate yourself of plastic bags and look and feel good while you’re doing it.

9. Sovereign Ten, LLC – Teresa Bowe
Sensibly Organic Foods was started because Teresa, the owner, could not find the foods that she needed to make her healthy. She was having an Adrenal gland crisis and needed to find organic foods, not just natural foods or whole foods. Chemicals have a great adverse effect on anyone ingesting them through foods. Finding the organic foods needed, from the entire food pyramid, in her local stores was very difficult. Sensibly Organic Foods evolved out of her search and she hopes is to make a wide variety of organic foods available to as many people as possible. At this time, the site is constantly adding products and welcomes your input/requests.

  • So there it is folks
  • .
  • Congratulations to Frankee Muller, the owner of A Thirst For Tea
  •  and to all the other honorees.
  • I was delighted to be given the #2 spot for honorable mention. It far exceeded my expectations and gave me a huge boost in determination. If a small company like my own, starting out on a shoestring and with some large physical challenges to deal with, can reach that sort of recognition in such a short period of time, that opportunity is open to many others with small businesses & limited resources, you can see results from your hard work and efforts. There are still opportunities open to all.
  • And especially Thanks to the Pea Chic organization,  it has done so much to encourage and assist women in business to succeed in areas that were closed to them not long ago.

Published by Barbara Harms Fiber Art & MoreBarbara Harms Fiber Art

About Myself & My Approach I come from a family filled with many artists.s always played a role in my life, in one form or another. By my teens, I had narrowed my focus to painting.I decided I was going to become a serious painter. I joined the Las Vegas Artist's Guild, at 15, the youngest member at that time. I was totally out of my league, a kid among so many serious adult artists. But to be there, exposed to art in that way was quite an experience. I was enraptured, soaking up. I tried to go unnoticed, just a fly on the wall, mute, a big ole smile plastered on my face. soaking it all up. I tryed to go unnoticed; a mute teenager, eyes wide opened and a huge smile plastered across my face. I’m pretty I was noticed, a mute kid with an enraptured look on my face. I've continued to paint throughout my life. On occasion I've sold my work, but I had more important priorities, one being raising my wonderful children. My circumstances have changed, the kids grown, I had more time and Art was like theorpy for me. I was introduced to the world of quilting & fell in love. I did miss the creative freedom painting afforded. Then I discovered mixed media fiber art, I was home. MY APPROACH TO ART It's the creative process that holds the greatest attraction for me. Starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges, I follow where that leads. My approach is an instinctual one. Generally, I do little pre-planning. themselves, my appproacj response js an instinctual one. This approach can lead to quite a few changes in the direction the quilt takes. The outcome can come as a surprise. I love that element of surprise! Sometimes everything just comes together & I think this is one of my better ones. I can’t wait to show someone. I feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand, excited to show Mom. At those times. I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat. I’ve had work published in several magazines., which is gratifingvl. But the most gratifying thing is having clients be really happy with their purchased quilt. Word press Etsy shop-sales Https:// Contact: inquiry Personal Links kool

2 thoughts on “Results for the peaChic 2011 fall grants for small businesses

  1. Congratulations on your honorable mention. I had already received an update re: A Thirst for Tea being the grant recipient. I am extremely pleased for you to be listed in the honorable mentions. This bodes well for you to receive a different grant, or may this grant for 2012! I had not realized you had changed your name. Glad to know. Will be ordering from you for a gift for my mother-in-law for Mothers’ Day this year. Praise be for your talent!


    1. Thanks Granbee, I really am not too dissappointed, because I really wasn’t expecting to win. A hope deep down inside that myabe”’. But I felt it wasn’t likely.
      I am very happy to have been selected to be on the lists and to have recieved the 2nd honorable mention, well that is an honor to me as well. It all feels like a valadation of my business and work. So I am happy as a clam.
      As to the name change on my Bus. Licence I’m still AsianArtAndQuilts,but it seemed to confuse people, ” Where’s the Asioan art?'”. I had more intially and have slowly transitioned to several other style with a bit it Asian Fusion[like the cherry tree with the birds for example].Etsy will redirect you to my the website with my old name id you forget. If you send me via emaill in my profile your address, I’ll send you a bus. card and brochure if you like.

      I look foward to your future business for your MILaw. We’ll make sure it’s a doozy.


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