Chase for Business celebrates American small business through Mission Main Street Grants
This may be our favorite day of the year, as Chase for Businesses introduces our twenty $100,000 grant recipients for Mission Main Street Grants 2015. I hope you’ll take a moment to learn about the 20 great businesses that rose to the top from a field of more than 30,000 applicants. They truly reflect the spirit of this unique program. They also embody the innovation, diversity, and strength of America’s small businesses.
Please join me in celebrating and supporting the 2015 Chase Mission Main Street Grant recipients!“
JENNIFER PIEPSZAK CEO OF CHASE BUSINESS BANKING AT JPMORGAN CHASE & CO
To all of the business owners who enthusiastically shared their stories, and to their customers who cast more than 1 million supporting votes – thank you. We could not deliver this great program without our distinguished panel of judges who have the joyful – and difficult – job of selecting 20 grant recipients from among the thousands of deserving companies. Finally, thank you to our partners at LinkedIn, who have been such an active part of the selection process, and who will host our grant recipients at their California headquarters for two full days of learning and networking.
This most recent group of Mission Main Street Grant recipients spans a 5,000 mile swath of the United States, from Maine to Hawaii; Northwest Washington to Northeast Florida; and many points in between. Half of the companies receiving grants today are owned or co-owned by women. Four are minority-owned. Three are owned by U.S. military veterans. Two companies are led by married couples, while two others have co-owners who are siblings.
Meet the 20 businesses that we believe are making America’s Main Streets vibrant:
- Azule Staffing, Eagan, MN – A Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business that assists veterans in finding lucrative, rewarding vocations outside the military, focusing on IT and Cyber.
- Bay Area Medical Academy, San Francisco, CA – Helps individuals obtain technical education and training for long-term employment in the healthcare field.
- Campbell Cheese & Grocery, Brooklyn, NY – A specialty grocery shop that offers a well-sourced variety of cheese, charcuterie, chocolates, local produce, beer, housewares and gift baskets, as well as a full menu of sandwiches, salads, baked goods, and catering services.
- Clearly Innovative, Washington D.C. – Creating a world where technology is approachable and people in every community can take a seat at the digital table as creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs.
- Global Disability Inclusion, Saint Augustine, FL – As a women- and disability-owned business, Global Disability Inclusion helps companies design and develop disability employment & inclusion strategies.
- GreenLynx, Sebastopol, CA – Performs building deconstruction, supplies reclaimed lumber and building materials, and provides green building and reuse logistics consulting for both residential and commercial properties.
- Guerrilla Gravity, Denver, CO – Manufactures and sells mountain bikes with extensive customization options from build kits to frame colors.
- Harlem Doggie Day Spa, Harlem, NY – Offers cage-free dog daycare, boarding and high-end pet-grooming services in Harlem, NYC.
- JerkyXP, Columbus, OH – Provides great tasting beef jerky snacks to gamers with a chance to score cool gaming accessories.
- Larry’s Barber College, Chicago, IL – Offers education to a new generation of barbers in Chicago, including life coaching and mentorship.
- LeiManu Designs, Keaau, HI – Designs and manufactures sculptural and decorative fixtures for gas, electrical and alternative lighting, including Malama Torches™.
- LuminAID, Houston, TX & Chicago, IL – Creates and manufactures lightweight, solar-powered rechargeable inflatable lights for travel, home or emergency situations.
- Real Good Fish, Moss Landing, CA – Supplies high-quality, sustainable seafood direct from local fisherman to consumers. Servicing neighborhoods along the California coast, from Carmel to Marin.
- Scratch and Peck Feeds, Bellingham, WA – Family-owned and operated GMO free organic animal feed manufacturer in Bellingham, WA.
- Sustainable Lumber Co., Missoula, MT – Produces handcrafted floors, paneling, cabinets and doors from locally sourced wood.
- The Hive Colony, Warren, MI – A rehearsal and recording space for musicians and bands in the Detroit area.
- Tilit Chef Goods, New York, NY – Creates and manufactures functional and stylish work wear for the modern chef, restaurant employee, and home cook.
- Veterans Green Projects Initiative, San Diego, CA – Provides complimentary electronic waste removal and recycling while helping veterans & active duty military secure work off the battlefield.
- Wilbur’s of Maine, Freeport, ME – A family-owned candy shop that makes and sells their own candies and chocolates in-store, online and by phone.
- Vimala's Curryblossom Café, Chapel Hill, NC – Bringing the community of Chapel Hill, NC together with love, hospitality and authentic, farm-to-fork Asian cuisine.