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17 Year-Old Publisher of Girls’ Magazine Selected As Finalist For Small Business Grant

Sharon, MA

( Seventeen-year-old Chabad student Leah Larson, founder, editor, and publisher of YALDAH magazine has been selected from over 700 applicants as a semi-finalist in the running to receive a $1,000.00 small business grant from, a top-rated website for small business.

The field of semi-finalists for this grant will be reduced to finalists and the winner will be determined by the vote of's 32,000 members worldwide and announced online on June 24, 2008 on

Leah founded YALDAH magazine, a quarterly magazine 'for Jewish girls, by Jewish girls' at the age of thirteen, after looking for a magazine she would enjoy reading. When she found that many popular girls' magazines did not promote Jewish values, she decided to publish her own, and began the year journey towards publishing the first issue. In the four years since then, YALDAH has grown to have hundreds of readers worldwide.

Each 48-page, full color, glossy magazine includes articles, interviews, stories, poetry, advice, crafts, recipes, and more — all written, edited, and formatted by young Jewish girls. YALDAH celebrates Jewish girls and women, Jewish life and values, and creativity. YALDAH aims to connect Jewish girls and inspire them to embrace their Judaism with pride and become Jewish leaders of the future.

Francie Ward, CEO of, explained that the semi-finalists for this grant, Idea Cafe's Small Business Grant in Honor of Longtime Business Expert, Kent Capener,  "demonstrate an inventive approach which will inspire others who come to seeking advice on starting and running a business. Plus they've shown us they have a plan to reach out and help others in some way.", online since 1995, is known for its "Fun Approach to Serious Business" (sm) and popular CyberSchmooz community forum to help small businesses get informed, network and thrive.


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