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POKS Spices: Merchant Maverick Opportunity Grant Winner

Updated: May 14

POKS Spices is excited to announce that we are one of the four winners of the Merchant Maverick Opportunity Grant for Black Female Entrepreneurs.

Merchant Maverick, whose mission is "Small Business Made Easy", opened up this year's grant to Black Female Entrepreneurs, due to research showing that black females are usually underfunded and underrepresented, when it comes to resource allocation to aid small businesses.

This grant is particularly exciting for us because in the almost 5 years since we started POKS Spices, we have applied for numerous grants and have been unsuccessful. Therefore, this is the first successful grant application for POKS Spices. Per Julie Titterington, Editor in Chief at Merchant Maverick, "we’ve spent the last few months pouring over more than 2,000 applications from businesses throughout the United States. The quality of the applicant pool was astounding, and the need for funding almost universal thanks to COVID-19 restrictions nationwide. The applicants represented dozens of industries, from retail and restaurant to hospitality, beauty, the medical field, law, mental health, and beyond. Every woman who applied told a unique story and made a compelling case for why her business deserved a grant. It was not an easy decision." Out of these 2,000 applicants, Merchant Maverick selected 4 winners to award a $10,000 grant to, of which POKS Spices is a recipient.

You can read more about the story here. This win was also featured by PR Newswire.

If you are just as excited just as we are, leave a comment below. Thank you for supporting POKS Spices on our journey and we look forward to sharing more success stories with you.

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