The Day – Lieutenant governor visits Waterford woman-owned business awarded grant

Waterford — Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz and First Selectman Bob Brule on Wednesday visited local business owner Ivy Mellow, a recent recipient of an estimated $9,000 grant from the Women’s Business Development Center’s Equity Match Grant Program.

Mellow, who owns Ivy’s Simply Homemade, a retail storefront offering prepared foods and a provider of catering services, is one of 44 women to receive a grant as part of the WBDC’s second round of grants totaling nearly $400,000.

The Equity Match Grant Program was created in August 2020 to provide financial support to women entrepreneurs in the state disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Ivy’s Simply Homemade is an incredible local-owned business that has had to work extra hard during the pandemic,” said Bysiewicz, who purchased one of Mellow’s homemade jams during her visit. “We look forward to seeing Ivy’s business continue to thrive.”

Bysiewicz said the program strived to focus…

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