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Business Startup Grant For Spina Bifida Disabled Example Setting Woman

by Roberta
(Arvada, Colorado, USA)

I am a 43 year old empty-nesting, single woman. I was born in Lisbon, ND, the third of four girls.

I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. I have been working in Special Education and also doing some Life/Success Coaching.

I love helping people find their purpose in life. I love to travel, read, listen to music and read.

I have one amazing 19-year-old son, who got a scholarship from John Deere to get his degree in diesel mechanics.

I was born with L4 Myelomeningocele Spina Bifida. This form of Spina Bifida occurs when the meninges (protective covering of the spinal cord) and spinal nerves come through the open part of the spine.

This is the most serious type of Spina Bifida, which causes nerve damage and more severe disabilities.

The doctors predicted when I was a baby that I would not live past age 12 and IF I did, I wouldn't live past age 20.

I turned 43 this past March 9! I feel so blessed to still be here and am certain there is a higher purpose for my life.

The doctors also said that by the time I was 18 I would have to have a minimum of 16 surgeries, and I only had to have three.

My parents were also told that I would never give them grandchildren, and I have an AMAZING 19 year old son.

I was told when I was 15 that the Driver's Education teacher was not willing to teach me behind the wheel to learn to drive because the school would not supply a car with hand controls. So I waited until I was 16 and went and took my driver's test in a regular car and passed with flying colors.

I have walked with crutches my entire life. I am officially disabled. I am currently on Disability.

In 2008, my son and I were hit by an 18 wheeler and dragged under the trailer for about 500 feet, so now I use a wheelchair for long distances, due to a broken left femur, and broken left ankle on the inside and out.

However, I am so grateful just to still be here.

That same summer I finished my bachelor's degree in Psychology, so I am quite proud of that accomplishment.

That car accident experience reinforced that I am still here for a specific purpose.

This accident's effect on my life has greatly impacted me financially.

The increased medical attention I still need after more than three years has severely depleted my finances, coupled with the fact that it has become virtually impossible for me to have a normal "time clock" job.

I am looking at, at least one, if not more surgeries to try to remedy problems the accident has added to my life coupled with the already disabled condition.

I have tried to work full time but I suffer from migraines from the accident, so I was not able to be effective in that capacity.

I currently get SSDI. But that is only $738 a month, which is not nearly enough to live.

This is all part of the reason I want to start this business. I have tried starting several different businesses, but never found success because I did not have my own capital to continue its growth.

I am looking for a grant to fund my start up costs and living expenses for my business partner and me while we get this business off the ground.

We need office equipment, teaching tools, programs for nutrition and weight loss and fitness, dress for success and one year's living expenses.

The total for all of the listed items is $150, 000. I want to use this business, Women's Initiative Network, to reach women, to include single and disabled women as well as young women entering adulthood, to educate, inspire and train to reach levels of success in their lives they never knew they could.

This will be done by providing a consulting and networking, success coaching service which will teach resume writing, interview success, dress for success, as well as education to include career testing, in choosing an appropriate business/career to suit their needs.

The career-training portion will also include providing resources and grant writing education for individuals who are more entrepreneurial.

Another module of my business will be teaching financial management, as well as life skills in any area an individual may be struggling.

The business would also include total health and well-being to include fitness and nutrition education.

Parenting skills education would also be available to those needing that added support.

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