EBS Disabled Single Mother Seeks Grant Money For Tropical Flower Business
(Reno, Nevada, USA)
My name is Geneva and I am a single 32-year-old disabled mother of three. I own a business that is currently non-producing and I'm looking for government grant money or other help to establish a business with better potential.
The name of my disability is Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex (EBS) this is a genetic skin disorder that is passed from generation to generation characterized clinically by blister formation from mechanical trauma which is extremely painful.
Everyday walking causes blisters, great pain and infection. Out of three of my children two of them were born with the same disability that I have. Currently, there is no cure for EB.
I started college because the school I went to accommodated me with a shuttle bus and classes being only one floor the walking was bearable.
I took some prerequisite classes and Small Business Accounting A and B while volunteering my time in an accounting office.
Processing accounts all day on a keyboard caused my hands to blister so I passed on my accounting classes and veered away from becoming a CPA. I focused more on finishing my prerequisite classes.
At the same time, I applied for and received SSI, SSDI for my EBS, all while being a single mother.
Having a second child with EB brought my schooling to a standstill so that I could learn to deal with my child’s EB.
This persuaded me to get a private contracting license working from my home in Network Marketing. I built teams and sold products like Dish Network and Verizon, just to mention a few.
I made a small amount of income, although not enough to get me off the SSI/SSDI but I was able to learn all different forms of marketing.
I expanded my knowledge in entrepreneurship, increased my financial IQ and as a result came into my next venture in life, while at the same time having another child with EB.
This had no effect of slowing me down. I was determined to support myself and teach my children and prove to myself that even with a disability the sky is the limit.
I went to a seminar on Real Estate and signed up for additional classes. I received a Certificate of Course Completion with Lease Option, Wholesale and Creative Financing by 2010.
From these courses I opened my first company that is licensed to do business. I am able to hold business properties under this company.
I am not making any money as of this time from this company and still receive SSI, SSDI and am still a single mother.
I am looking for a $600,000 grant to purchase my grandfather's Agricultural property. My grandfather built and operated this business for 20 years. It has not been in operation for at least 10 years.
The grant will allow me to purchase the property and reestablish the business. It will also allow me to provide work and housing for locals during peak harvest seasons.
I will be marketing cut tropical flower and potted plants online and to local nurseries. I will manage and do books while living on the property, thus keeping costs low.
I am looking to be a business owner successful enough to no longer have to collect SSI/SSDI.
I want to build a company that my disabled children can operate, thus freeing my family from a state of disability.
If you could direct me to government business grants or equivalent help, I would very much appreciate it. Thank you!