Newbury Park CA | http://www.sparklingvinedesign.com
I make handcrafted, wine-inspired jewelry out of repurposed wine corks, reproductions of my wine-themed paintings paired with chandelier crystals, and other related pieces.
I would use the grant money to purchase jewelry supplies, improve marketing efforts, and help pay for miscellaneous business and administrative costs.
Since I've just recently started my business, I'm not making much money yet. I'm using personal savings to pay for most business expenses, so having a little extra cash would help.
I would offer advice on branding, since that's one of my strengths beyond the creative aspects of my business. Having a cohesive image is vital for building brand recognition and getting people to remember who you are and what you do.