While working moms are often the recipients of well-deserved praise and are touted as the backbone of society, they are typically offered less support, mentorship, and financial backing than their male counterparts. While 12.3 million women-owned businesses generate $1.8 trillion in a single year, women receive just 7% of venture funds for their start-ups. And when you add on the never-ending responsibilities of motherhood, being a mom entrepreneur means, in no uncertain terms, that you need and deserve more support…not less.

This is why HeyMama has teamed up with Lorissa’s Kitchen, a premium fuel-good snack company founded by a mom with moms in mind, to offer HeyMama membership grants for working and entrepreneurial moms who have no doubt been impacted this past year. In addition to a HeyMama membership, Lorissa’s Kitchen is offering 40 moms and their businesses national promotion on their Mother’s Day gift destination – Lorissa’s List – and advice from other mom entrepreneurs.

“I know what it’s like to build a business and balance a family and that’s been the inspiration behind creating Lorissa’s List,” said Lorissa Link, founder of Lorissa’s Kitchen. “I couldn’t think of anything better than bringing a group of impressive women together to help bring awareness to these amazing businesses this Mother’s Day.”

The aim of Lorissa’s List is to showcase diverse businesses from the products they offer to the uniqueness of the women who own them – another example of Lorissa’s Kitchen’s dedication to giving every working mom the support she needs to thrive both at home and at work.

We know the last year has been difficult, at best, because we’ve all lived it. We’re still living it. Which is why Lorissa’s Kitchen and HeyMama are thrilled to highlight the following grant recipients and celebrate the many personal and professional goals a HeyMama membership will help these working moms reach.

Congratulations, grant recipients! We can’t wait to see what these working moms do next.

GRANT RECIPIENTS:

Aart NYC

Owner: Shaquita Garcia

“Last year, the pandemic forced me to be creative about my self-care routine. I started creating

art and it evolved into a clothing brand. I print my artwork on everyday clothing like tees and

joggers. Take a look at aartnyc.com.”

 

Apples & Pears

Owner: Megan Zarick

“We are a women’s clothing subscription box specifically designed for ladies on a weight

journey. Each month women can return their clothes for their next size down or up, or even

highlight different body features.”

 

Belle & Broome

Owner: Kali Hancock

“Belle and Broome is the premier bohemian plus-size boutique for women sizes 12-24. We are

for the free spirit, the world-traveler, the independent woman. We empower plus-size women by

offering a curated selection of romantic, artful pieces for every day, because women of all sizes

deserve beautiful, unique clothing.”

 

Berkley Clothing

Owners: Hillary Cullum & Loren Heller

“Berkley Clothing is a female-founded maternity activewear brand, striving to empower women

to feel confident & be healthy in every stage of pregnancy. We launched with 2 signature legging

styles, over-the-belly & high-waisted, with the focus of creating a product that stands the test of

time & easily transition into postpartum.”

 

Black and Berry Living

Owners: Cindee Black & Jordan Berry

“Black and Berry Living is a female owned and operated ingredient conscious lifestyle brand,

with a mission to provide organic, non-toxic alternatives to consumers. Our benchmark product

is an all-purpose cleaner based with ACV and infused with essential oils and housed in an

aluminum bottle.”

 

Bodhi’s Light

Owner: Dia Vechayiem

“Bodhi’s Light is vegan, scented coconut wax candles. I created it after my husband survived a

near fatal accident in 2019. During those dark times, the only light we had was our son, Bodhi

and my husband’s medical team who saved his life. When he recovered we decided to gift light

back to his care team through candles.”

 

Chai Diaries

Owner: Ami Bhansali

Chai Diaries specialty  teas provides a daily cup of mindfulness in  accessible ways. A minority

woman-owned brand,  Chai Diaries is  the product of a life lived with passion and a  need to bring

spirituality in the everyday.”

 

Chef Carla Contreras: Online Cooking Classes

Owner: Carla Contreras

Learn meal planning, food shopping, and cooking that’s fits into your very full life. How you choose

to nourish yourself matters and it affects every aspect of your life, including your relationships and

work in the world.”

 

Elfin Los Angeles

Owners: Staci Pearlman & Melissa Marks

“Elfin Los Angeles is a mama owned business, launched by two mamas who have previously

worked in the fashion industry. Our children’s clothing site is hand curated by us, and all of our

brands are women and mama owned. We feature pieces made locally and across the globe,

and offer customization on every piece on our site.”

 

ELMNTL NYC

Owner: Nayoung Lee

“Through advanced 3D printing technology, we produce beautiful clothings with minimal waste.

And the items we sell are staple to every woman’s closet. My brand ELMNTL was built on a

mission of sustainability and since I became a mother last year, the closeness I felt to this

mission has grown much deeper.”

 

Ellie’s Essential Blends

Owner: Ellie Dominguez

“Ellie’s Essential Blends was founded in January of 2021 to help other women and mamas

access self-care in a functional and reasonable way by using high quality essential oils. I am

here to provide my true and authentic experiences as a mama to let others know they are

supported and not alone.”

 

Fit Tai

Owner: Ty’Neil “Tai” Taitt

“We are the synergy of wellness and active wear and we spread positivity through our

messaging. We ooze confidence and so do our women. Fit Tai carries fitness apparel and

inspires moms to fulfill their health and wellness journeys.”

 

Ginny Bins

Owner: Virginia Wallen

“GINNY BINS is a woman owned, operated and built handcrafted custom creations and pet

furniture. Each item is made to order and designed with individual flair, incorporating reclaimed

and vintage accents whenever possible.”

 

Glenn + Glenn

Owners: Hillary Glenn Riley & Jillian Glenn Altman

“My sister, Jillian, and I launched Glenn + Glenn in February 2019 with the intention of creating

accessible, timeless pieces to the modern woman’s wardrobe. Our gorgeous fabrics create the

canvas for clean lines that transcend seasons. These elevated essentials are designed in

Colorado and primarily manufactured by women-owned factories in NYC.”

 

Grace & Gratitude

Owner: Candice Brown

“Grace & Gratitude is an artisanal tea company with a focus on wellness. For us, it all starts with

tea. We believe a tea ritual can be the simplest way to practice self-care daily and improve your

overall wellness. We also offer self-care products and inspirational apparel. Give yourself grace.

Live with gratitude.”

 

Hathorway

Owner: Jessica Phan

“Based in the San Francisco, Hathorway is an eco-conscious accessories brand defined by

elevating a traditional Southeast Asian craft with a modern touch. Every piece is created by

designer Jessica Phan, who wanted to reconnect with her Vietnamese heritage by preserving a

400-year-old craftsmanship which uses ethically-sourced buffalo horns.”

 

Heirloom

Owner: Ashley Kenny

“Heirloom’s mission is to make it possible for special moments to be shared with family and

friends, even when those you love don’t have access to the internet or a smartphone. The

Heirloom video book is a physical book with an HD integrated video player that automatically

plays when opened.”

 

House of Shan

Owner: Shannon Buth

“The Live What You Love Collection features an imperfect heart stitched over your heart as a

daily reminder to live your passion, laugh everyday, love deeply, lift others up, and don’t ever

quit your daydream! For every purchase, $5 goes to support women’s charities.”

 

Janna Kay

Owner: Janna Kay

“Inspired by travel, a passion for relaxation, and all things chic, Janna Kay Charcuterie Boxes

and Boards has a menu of culinary delights, utilizing the freshest ingredients to bring

charcuterie boards straight to your front door. Reserve your charcuterie box or board today.

When you think of charcuterie, think of Janna Kay.”

 

Kadoo

Owners: Juanita Dharmazi & Yudhisty Saridjo

“KADOO is a woman-founded gift box company that passionately believes in the thoughtfulness

of gifting. We design well-curated gift boxes that focus on artisan-made products, sustainable

and natural ingredients, locally made and women-owned businesses.”

 

Larissa Loden Jewelry

Owner: Larissa Loden

“Larissa Loden Jewelry offers exceptional handmade jewelry at an affordable price point. Our

jewelry celebrates the individual on their journey. From our classic Mama necklace in 14k gold

to our Do Good bracelets which we give back 20% of our sales to support causes like the

Jeremiah Program. We are all about looking good and doing good.”

 

Lifetherapy

Owner: Lynette Lovelace

“Lifetherapy uses the power of scent, texture, and color, fused with extraordinary ingredients, to

evoke positive experiences and emotions for the mind, the body and the spirit.”

 

Luangisa

Owner: Rose Luangisa

“The Luangisa African Gallery was founded 1996 by my family from Bukoba, Tanzania. We work

with African artisans to bring authentic fine African art, wearable art for the body, beaded

jewelry, handmade dolls, artifacts, and more.”

 

Mellie Mae

Owner: Melanie Smith

“We are an e-commerce party supplier. Right now we offer everything from balloons to party

decor and have been rapidly expanding our inventory to cover all occasions.”

 

Meraki Wayuu

Owner: Carolina Arenas

“Meraki Wayuu comes to you from the Wayuu Tribe of La Guajira, Colombia. Our mission is to

empower global artisans in disadvantaged areas and raise multicultural awareness. All of our

items are uniquely handmade products. We want to give our community the opportunity to shop

with a purpose.”

 

MiliMili

Owners: Kelsey Searles & Rose Bridges

MiliMili is a bold and colorful nursery goods company. We make sleep sacks, crib sheets and

coordinating luxuries for babies and new parents. Our products make the perfect new parent

gifts — they are beautiful, surprising, and always useful.”

 

Momful

Owner: Whitney Poma

“Momful nourishes moms on their breastfeeding journey with products specifically for

postpartum breastfeeding moms. We believe maternal nutrition shouldn’t be a luxury which is

why we donate to moms in need for every purchase made.”

 

Oak Valley Creations

Owner: Debra Fairbanks

“My company is based on the principles of my childhood: one of no additives, healthy

ingredients, and plenty of .ove. It started with my son Ben and I in our kitchen creating organic

dips together and turned it into my passion.”

 

Ola Feroz Swimwear

Owner: Jessica Garcia

“Ola Feroz is a fashion house for swimwear created by designer and owner, Jessica Garcia. Her

grassroots created business is fully integrated from graphic production, printing, pattern making,

cutting, sewing, packaging, and shipping. Part of the brand’s novelty is each collection is limited,

made to order, and unique to its season.”

 

Ommommas

Owner: Kristine McGlinchey

“I empower moms to own their motherhood journey with resources to inspire. My book Momtras

For Mindful Moms is a companion that helps to shift mindset and navigate shame and guilt in

motherhood.”

 

Period Six Studio

Owner: Kiley Handy

“Period Six Studio is a mother-daughter (who’s a new mom, too) artisan gift store. We curate

everything in the store from local and American artisans, making the type of store we enjoy

visiting together.”

 

Sequins & Lace

Owner: Megen DiSanto

“I started Sequins & Lace Design in 2015 creating affordable wedding gifts and decor. Once

Covid-19 hit the U.S., my business was shattered and I quickly needed to pivot as I was

expecting our second child and my husband’s business closed. I started creating pop culture

greeting cards and have grown to include stickers, pins, LOL gifts for all!”

 

Suite LLH

Owner: Iran Ortiz

“Suite LLH is a NYC fashion truck-turned-online women’s boutique. Known for statement

sweatshirts and sunglasses, it now carries a new collection of nail wraps for women who do not

have time to get their nails done.”

 

Superhero Mamas

Owner: Lisa Virtue

“Driven by empowering women, Superhero Mamas is an online gift boutique with kickass gifts

for mamas. Only featuring unique, women-made products, including custom gift boxes. We’re

on a mission to have mamas feel seen when receiving these gifts. Each gift box includes an

unwrapping experience.”

 

The Birth Journal

Owner: Julie Tobi

“The Birth Journal is a guided keepsake journal for mamas to write their birth story in the

nostalgic magic of their handwriting. Birth is powerful and our stories can live in a quality,

beautiful journal that can be passed down to our children.”

 

ToteSavvy

Owner: Lauren Kutting

“ToteSavvy is the ultimate bag organizer for every woman. Originally created for moms to

transform any of their favorite bags into an organized diaper bag. Since then, we’ve branched

out to consider anyone looking for added organization and utility to their preferred handbag, tote

or backpack.”

 

Tie Dye & Tonic

Owner: Christina Vázquez Mauricio

At Tie Dye & Tonic, we spread joy through the art of hand-dyed clothing while upholding our

commitment to sustainability. Our garments are made in the USA from cotton and recycled

polyester. Each piece is dyed by hand using earth-friendly mineral dyes.”

 

Trade St. Jam Co

Owner: Ashley Rouse

“Trade St. Jam Co. is a chef, woman, and minority-owned and certified business that started in

a tiny apartment in North Carolina on Trade Street. Our passion for all things food grew into

something more: a company built on the foundation of culinary innovation.”

 

Virago Crafts

Owner: Yessica Tlacoapa Bautista

“Virago Crafts is all about affordable home decor, handmade personalized gifts and mommy and

me items”

 

Yensa Beauty

Owner: Jennifer Yen

YENSA is a global Superfood Cosmetic beauty brand that creates high performance cosmetics

fused with Superfoods to embrace the diversity in beauty today. High tech formulas, eight

powerful Superfoods, and Asian rituals with a strong focus on complexion perfection is what

makes YENSA unique.”

 

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