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FedEx Announces Winners of Small Business Grant Competition

January 16, 2013


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 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.

FedEx also awarded grants of $5,000 each to the following small businesses:

Catullo Prime Meats – Youngstown, Ohio - Catullo Prime Meats is a family-owned, third-generation, old-fashioned style butcher shop.  The company supports local farms, reinvests in the community and prides itself on customer service.
Project 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.
Built 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. 
Live 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.
Humdinger 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.

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