Valerie Knight worked as a validation consultant in the pharmaceutical industry until her health issues (rheumatoid arthritis) caused her to stop working. She has been an artist since she was young and throughout her science career she participated in art exhibits and sold her work. In 2012 she found an online art market and began selling her collectible miniature paintings on eBay. She has sold more than 171 paintings online, providing her with both an income and a sense of having something to offer others. Valerie was awarded a $600 Dare to Dream grant to purchase an adjustable ergonomic chair and art equipment to help her organize and produce her art while also addressing her health needs.
Jennifer Avery is a single mother of three children. She has a marketing degree from West Chester University and has held several corporate sales positions in the past. As a real estate agent, Jen also began to a video/marketing business three years ago. She created community videos for small businesses and nonprofits in the area at no cost and also created Town Tip Thursday. After producing 400 videos using basic video equipment, Jen launched a video marketing business called Jenspiration. Jen was awarded a $1,000 Dare to Dream grant to support the purchase of a professional quality video camera that will step up the quality of her videos and grow her business.