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A s a small start-up company with humble beginnings, Access Trax understands the value that grants and small business loans bring to the table. So far, the company has been able to secure just over $14,000 in much-needed grants to help cover costs such as prototyping, patent, and business fees.

“As two graduate school students with no income, it was hard to imagine how we could afford to establish a company” remembers Co-Founder Kelly Twichel. “But somehow that didn’t even slightly deter us.” The entrepreneurs kept going and sought out opportunities for funding such as the James McGuire Global Business Plan Competition, the Amber Grant Award for women entrepreneurs and most recently, the Small Business, Big Impact Award.

On January 23rd, Access Trax was selected as one of 20 finalists for the Small Business, Big Impact Award. The judges will select the winners based on a combination of original application scores and public voting.

Please help Access Trax win this $20,000 award by clicking below to vote by February 8th. You can vote once per day. Funds will help the company expand their team and complete prototyping for a product that will help communities improve their outdoor accessibility.

Vote for Small Business, Big Impact Award

The Amber Grant Foundation formed in 1998 and has been awarding the monthly and year-end WomensNet Amber Grants to help women entrepreneurs achieve their dreams. Each month, a winner is selected for the $1,000 Amber Grant, and these winners become eligible for the year-end $10,000 award. At this stage, the public helps the judges decide by voting for their favorite finalist all year.

Please help Access Trax win the year-end $10,000 grant by voting here:

Amber Grant Voting

Kelly and Eric still work as Occupational Therapists within Pediatrics in San Diego while Kelly also runs the day-to-day operations. “It can be hard working both jobs but running Access Trax doesn’t really feel like work- it’s too exciting and rewarding.”

2019 has big plans in store, so stay tuned. Be sure to visit Access Trax at the 2019 LA Abilities Expo on February 22-24!