Meet the 2016 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest Winners

Ginjan Bros.

Ginjan Bros: The Path from Immigrants to Entrepreneurs

Our 2016 grand prize winners transformed an organically produced West African ginger drink from a sweet idea into a growing small business.

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LuminAID®: A Bright Idea with Global Social Impact

Shortly after a massive earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, two graduate students had a “light bulb moment” when tasked with creating a product to assist disaster relief efforts.

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Ariel Brands

Ariel Brands: Transforming Talent into Art that Sells

A young artist, transformed into an entrepreneur, uses inspiration from her childhood to create works of art with positive representations of people of color.

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Gina Cucina

Gina Cucina: A Recipe for Success with Soups Made with Love

Gina D’Orazio Stryker shares her inherent love of food, nutrition and cooking by delivering organic, non-GMO soups and more to both retail and customers’ doorsteps.

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MMclay: Spinning Success with Handcrafted Plates

Mary Mar Keenan’s passion for ceramics led her to a booming business creating handmade tableware for restaurants, personal chefs and individuals.

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ArtLifting: Changing Lives Through Selling Art

How ArtLifting features paintings, prints and products from artists experiencing homelessness and disabilities to bring communities together.

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The Groomsman Suit

The Groomsman Suit: Building a Home within the Wedding Market

When Jeanne Foley got married, she never could have guessed that walking down the aisle would lead her to an entrepreneurial venture.

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The Wok Shop

The Wok Shop: A Culinary Leader for Over 40 Years

Tane Chan’s desire to fill a void over four decades ago launched a popular San Francisco tourist destination and a favorite haunt of chefs and restaurateurs.

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CatastrophiCreations: From Pet Project to Online Sensation

A small-business success story that started with a boyfriend trying to impress his cat-loving girlfriend.

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HED Cycling

Hed Cycling: 30 Years in the Winner's Circle

Hed Cycling is continually innovating and developing new products that help elite athletes triumph, and amateurs everywhere feel podium-ready after their rides.

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