$5,000 is enough to go on a vacation, pay for a semester of in-state college, put down money for a car — or help keep a small business afloat in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lee’s Summit business owner Kelly Lankford was one of more than 1,000 female entrepreneurs nationwide to receive $5,000 dollars courtesy of The Red Backpack Fund, a partnership between Spanx and Global Giving.
“My hope is that this gift will help alleviate some of the pressures caused by this horrible pandemic,” said Sara Blakely, founder of the American underwear maker.
“Twenty years ago, I started Spanx with $5,000 in savings, and I see this as a time to pay it forward. Small business is the backbone of our culture. I know what it’s like to be a small-business owner, and I want to provide some relief to these entrepreneurs during this time.”
With the help of the COVID relief grant, Lankford, owner of KHL Design Studio and INSPO: A Modern Decor Store, was able to kick-start e-commerce right before the holiday season.
“I’ve always admired Sara Blakely and how