GOOD DEEDS FROM EILEEN FISHER: Eileen Fisher honored the five recipients of her fourth annual business grant program for woman entrepreneurs with a two-day conference Monday and Tuesday in New York — and a $10,000 grant. The bridge designer's volunteer donations committee chose the winners from more than 200 applications, evaluating them on innovation, social consciousness, sustainability, the environmental impact of their business, intended use of grant money and alignment with the mission of Eileen Fisher. The recipients are: Hot Bread Kitchen, a Brooklyn, N.Y.–based social-purpose bakery; LoooLo Textiles, a Montreal-based home textiles design company; Milkweed Mercantile, an eco-inn in rural northeastern Missouri, slated to open this spring; One Good Woman, a Camp Hill, Pa.-based purveyor of coffees, teas and gourmet gifts, and To-Go Ware, a Berkeley, Calif.-based maker of reusable utensils. The women said the highlight of the conference was lunch with Fisher at her home. "Eileen will never forget her origins as a business founder," said Amy Hall, the director of social consciousness "She remembers the early days as she struggled to pay the next bill and fill the next order she had received. The money is the nominal part of it — a lot of it is about telling them 'we believe in you.'"
NO PLAYING, NO PROBLEM? Martina Hingis may have lost her pro career, but she still has her sponsorships for now. Adidas has sponsored Hingis since 1999, and her earlier retirement from tennis, after she tested positive for cocaine at Wimbledon last year, has not severed the relationship. Hingis announced in November she would retire rather than fight the charges. Although drug use violates Adidas' policy with its sponsored athletes, "we presume her innocence until all cases have been presented, and we will wait to make final judgments until the window of opportunity for an appeal has passed," according to a spokeswoman for Adidas. But the five-time Grand Slam champion is not out of the woods yet. Adidas added, "Each athlete contract with Adidas includes a clear clause, stating that the agreement shall be terminated by Adidas if he or she is found guilty of the possession or use of drugs or any other prohibited substance by the relevant governing sports body having jurisdiction over the athlete."