Eileen Fisher, women's clothing retailer, today announced the recipients of the 2012 Eileen Fisher Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs. Now in its ninth year, the Business Grant Program is awarded annually to wholly women-owned businesses that are innovative and foster environmental and economic health in their communities. The committee received more than 1,600 applications and awarded grants to five businesses.

The recipients of the 2012 Eileen Fisher Business Grant represent a variety of companies from the United States and overseas; each company is dedicated to giving back to its community, while focusing on social consciousness and sustainability. Recipients will receive a $12,500 grant intended to invigorate their existing businesses and will be recognized at a two-day Eileen Fisher conference in New York City in the spring of 2013.

Designer and entrepreneur Eileen Fisher is thrilled that so many women are pursuing their passions and launching businesses. "It takes inspiration, confidence and commitment to follow your passion to go out on your own," says Fisher, who started her company with $350 and four garments in 1984. "It will be challenging with many twists and turns, but when you believe in your idea and others believe in you, the possibilities are endless."

2012 Eileen Fisher Business Grant recipients include a business owned by women from New Tripoli.

Green Heron Tools of New Tripoli - With a shared passion for gardening, Ann Adams and Liz Brensinger co-founded Green Heron Tools in 2008. The brand provides high-quality agricultural and gardening tools designed to work with women's bodies, thereby maximizing comfort, efficiency, productivity and safety.