Darn Good Yarn, a small business based in Sebec, Maine, has been named
the grand prize winner of the first-ever, nationwide FedEx Small
Business Grant Competition and will receive a $25,000 grant to invest in
and further grow its business.
Darn Good Yarn, a small business based in Sebec, Maine, has been named the grand prize winner of the first-ever, nationwide FedEx Small Business Grant Competition and will receive a $25,000 grant to invest in and further grow its business. (Photo: Business Wire)
FedEx launched the small business grant competition in September 2012 to
award a total of $50,000 to six deserving U.S. small businesses. In
addition to the $25,000 grant being awarded to Darn Good Yarn, five
runner-up prize winners will receive grants of $5,000 each.
Good Yarn was founded by Nicole Snow in 2008. All yarn sold by Darn
Good Yarn is made from recycled, Earth-friendly materials and much of it
is created from remnants of the production of silk saris. These
materials are handspun and dyed by women's groups in Northern India and
Nepal, who are provided with a marketplace for their products, as well
as much needed wages for their families. All yarns are fairly traded and
produced with child-free labor.
"This grant from FedEx will allow me to hire more women in Nepal and
India, giving them independence and a means to support their families
while also providing Darn Good Yarn with more product to sell," said
Nicole Snow, owner and founder of Darn Good Yarn. "FedEx has provided a
way for me to further follow my dream of running a successful small
business while doing good in the global community."
FedEx also awarded grants of $5,000 each to the following small
Prime Meats - Youngstown, Ohio - Catullo Prime Meats is a
family-owned, third-generation, old-fashioned style butcher shop
located in Youngstown, Ohio. The company supports local farms,
reinvests in the community and prides itself on customer service.
Night Night - San Francisco, California - Project Night Night
donates over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year, free of charge, to
homeless children in the San Francisco area. Each Night Night Package
contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children's book, a
stuffed animal and a tote bag.
of Barnwood - Bay St. Louis, Mississippi - The founders of Built
of Barnwood was inspired to reuse materials from debilitated barns
after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. This family business that
creates usable artwork, home furnishing and design accent pieces from
reclaimed vintage wood and building materials.
Breathe Futbol - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Live Breathe Futbol
(LBF) is a fast-growing soccer apparel company that was founded by a
Nigerian immigrant with a passion for soccer. The design of LBF
garments are inspired by the moments of the game.
Foods LLC - Hillsboro, Oregon - Founded by the daughter of
farmers, Humdinger Foods began selling kettle korn in 1998 at farmer's
markets and has grown to serving movies sets, large corporate events,
school bazaars and more.
Small businesses, those with fewer than 100 employees, competed for the
grants by completing a profile that was voted on by Facebook users.
FedEx reviewed the entries and selected the finalists based on their
contest profile and the number of votes they received from Facebook
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create more than half of U.S. jobs, employ almost half of all private
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The FedEx portfolio of services allows small business to gain access to
the global marketplace and to shipping, logistics and printing solutions.
For more information on how FedEx helps small businesses, please visit
the FedEx Small Business Center at fedex.com/us/small-business.
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