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A Life Wrapped in Love

A pioneer for women in business, Olga Loizon persevered through every obstacle to create one of metro Detroit’s most iconic restaurant concepts, Olga’s Kitchen. In honor of Olga Loizon and her legacy, TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants and Olga’s Kitchen have founded the Olga Loizon Memorial Foundation. The foundation focuses on entrepreneurial women who would be unable to attain the resources necessary to start a business or otherwise continue with their business development.

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Mission

Our mission is to provide assistance to aspiring women entrepreneurs who exemplify the same passion, ambition and vision as Olga Loizon.

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Sandy Jonick

I am Sandy Jonick, founder of U-Plant Landscape Designs, LLC. in Grand Rapids, MI. I love coffee, dogs, the color pink and flowers!

I create landscape designs and provide the necessary resources for do-it-yourself homeowners to create and install the landscape themselves. My favorites part of the business is interacting with the people I meet; everyone has a story to tell and I love hearing them!

I founded U-Plant Landscape Design in 2019.

Over the past three years, I have designed over 300 landscapes for West Michigan homeowners. My goal is to continue to assist do-it-yourself homeowners create beautiful landscapes that they can be proud of, while helping to beautify communities and make them an influential part of our environment. I can use the $10,000 from Loizon's grant to fund a marketing program, and eventually expand the business into other markets.

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Aiyenede Akhigbe

Ms. Akhigbe is the founder and owner of Sticky Spoons Jam, LLC. As a mom seeking the feed her child preservative-free foods, she began producing jams in 2016. Her ability to pair various Michigan fruits to create unique flavors such as: Lunar Eclipse, Summer Solstice, #Smile, Winter Jelly and over 100 others have earned her the title “Crazy Jam Lady.” You can find her at local farms chatting with farmers about fruit or at the farmers marketing selling her jams, jellies, and pure Michiagn maple syrup. The $10,000 is going to fully impact my business in a positive way, especially since we're in the process of moving from a cottage food (industry) to a licensed kitchen

Prior to founding Sticky Spoons Jams, Ms Akhigbe was a Third Class Petty Officer Engineman in the United States Navy.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Be living in the US 

2. Identify as a woman 

3. Business must be located in Michigan 

4. Be able to write a personal statement demonstrating financial need 

5. Must provide a formal Business Plan

Selection of Recipients:

All applicants will be required to complete an application on the Olga’s website. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Following the submission deadline, our foundation team will review each application for eligibility. Grants are available up to $10,000.

Awards

Awards are distributed by Team Schostak Family Restaurant and is determined solely through their discretion. Awards are not renewable and cannot be deferred. Not all applicants will receive grants.

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