TODAY--Women In Networking Group To Announce Three Entrepreneurial Grant Recipients at Holiday Hoopla

Three Valley women were recently selected as recipients of the 12th annual Women in Networking (WIN) Entrepreneurial Grant program. The WIN grant is a named fund with the Valley Community Foundation. WIN is one of three leads groups affiliated with the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce (GVCC).

The grant recipients are: Tracy Tenpenny, owner of Tea with Tracy, Seymour, at $1500; Alyssa DeMatteo, owner of Wildflour Confections, at $1500, Seymour, CT; and Samonna Jones, owner of the Party Unique Boutique, Ansonia, CT, with a WBDC Scholarship.

All three winners will be presented with grants during the WIN Holiday Hoopla Wine & Apps reception on Thursday, December 10th5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Conti Building (415 Howe Avenue) in Shelton. The grant is distributed from funds received from WIN membership dues and fundraisers organized by the group.

The grant recipients will utilize the grant in different ways: Tea with Tracy will utilize the funds for an equipment upgrade needed in their business expansion; Wildflour Confections will obtain a floor mixer used for unimaginable amounts of icing; and Party Unique Boutique will obtain a scholarship for WBDC Passion to Profits program.

“We are pleased to continue the legacy of awarding annual grants to well-qualified entrepreneurial women in the Valley,” said Mary Jo Romano, Chair of the WIN Group and Principal with Mary Jo Romano - Financial Planner. “During these difficult economic times, we are pleased to offer over $3,000 in grants and scholarships to encourage economic development in the Valley.”

Sharon Massafra, franchise owner of Home Instead Senior Care and independent consultant with Arbonne International, chaired the grant selections committee.

This grant-in-aid program provides financial assistance to women 18 years or age or older in the Greater Valley area in the towns of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton. The WIN grant can be used for expenses to enhance the applicant’s current business or to start a new business.  Recipients are also invited to a complimentary one-year membership to the WIN Group.Since its inception, WIN has given just under $40,000 to 44 grant recipients.

WIN is the first group of its kind to service the six-town region of the Greater Valley.  Founded in 2002, the group was formed by a successful group of businesswomen who meet to discuss common issues. Meetings are conducted on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.  These meetings are either held at the GVCC office or off-site at a Chamber member location.  Social and educational events are also scheduled throughout the year.

For more information, call the GVCC at (203) 925-4981 or visit for more information about joining the Chamber and WIN.