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The 2019 Veteran Business Battle at Rice University showed us many possibilities for expanding our business!
We were nominated by our peers and judges for best business booth.
Our gluten-free and keto cheesecakes can be found in the Keto Kitchen Creations store listed in the article.
Our founder Ericka McKim is a alumnus of the 19 Cohort of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. We developed a growth plan for, And I Like and formed part of a community of small business owners in the DFW area.
Formally presented in August of 2022 at the DAV and Auxiliary National Convention in Orlando, Florida. Our founder Ericka McKim was selected from participants of the Acceleration Challenge at the Veteran EDGE conference. The award recognizes her as a promising entrepreneur and supports her journey as a disabled veteran small business owner. Thanks to this award, we purchased machinery to help speed up the process of our sugar substitutes, which allowed us to expand our business significantly.
Our business was part of the prestigious Acceleration Challenge the D’Aniello Family Foundation sponsored in October 2021. The challenge allowed Veteran-owned businesses to attend the Veteran EDGE conference organized by Syracuse University. As one of the ten selected participants, we engaged in a series of activities and workshops designed to identify and overcome barriers in our business. This opportunity has equipped us to effectively leverage the Veteran EDGE conference’s resources.
In collaboration with Hello Alice and Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), the FedEx Entrepreneur Fund provided grants to the 30 small businesses selected from a pool of over 18,500 applicants. This grant, specifically designed for veteran entrepreneurs and small business owners with disabilities, recognized the resilience and innovation within our community. We were honored to be among the recipients, and our achievements were celebrated during Global Entrepreneurship Week from November 14 to 20. This movement, supported by GEN and FedEx, aimed to empower aspiring entrepreneurs worldwide, making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business.
Texas Woman’s University
Veteran Woman Grant
Our business received a grant alongside 25 other remarkable Texas women veterans business owners. This esteemed grant program is dedicated to supporting women veterans and extends its welcome to women veterans entrepreneurs all across Texas. As part of this incredible recognition, we are also privileged to receive a certified small business course thoughtfully offered by Texas Woman’s University. With this support, we were better equipped to serve you, delivering top-notch products and services.
Our founder, Ericka McKim, was named a finalist and grant recipient in the Military Women Startup Accelerator, organized by the Pentagon Federal Union Foundation, in December 2020. Among the remarkable group of 10 finalists, Ericka secured an investment following her participation in the enlightening 10-week “boot camp” organized by the PenFed Veteran Entrepreneur Investor Program. This immersive experience, attended by over 260 business owners, offered invaluable seminars and modules designed to foster ongoing learning and empower startups to flourish.