The 2014 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest Top 100

These inspiring entrepreneurs represent a broad range of innovators, from those helping revitalize traditional fields like manufacturing, to start-ups that are on the cutting edge of technology, to businesses that are deeply committed to improving their communities. We hope you cany find ideas and inspiration that might be applicable to your own business success.

This latest FedEx Small Business Grant Contest featured over 5,000 applicants. This year, we saw a huge increase in votes for contestants with over 1.4 million votes cast by people across the country. The top 10 winners were announced on March 24 - with the Grand Prize going to Fat Toad Farm. See the complete winners announcement here.

Catherine Prestipino Chesapeake, VA 2 little P's Artisan Jewelry
Annie Lin Austin, TX A Little Bundle LLC
Vanessa Hughes Los Angeles, CA A Real Treat Candy Boutique
Ryan Ford Boulder, CO APEX Movement
Mark McWilliams Healdsburg, CA Arista Winery
Alan MacFerran Bartlett, TN B.A. Masks
Abby Schochet Davie, FL Baby Ktan, LLC
Britney Christie Collierville, TN Be Free
Jim Vititow Keller, TX Beard Commander, LLC
Robyn Witt Chicago, IL Beehive Chicago
Michelle Vogt Dyer, IN Black Pearl Dog Bakery
Mary Egbert Rockledge, FL Camaj Fiber Arts
Rhonda Jones Durham, NC Chez Moi Bakery
Carolyn Jones Superior, WI CMT Farm (Gitchee Goat)
Marlo L Letterle Plano, IL ContainYa Crafts
Michael Cox Martinsburg, WV Cox Family Winery
Brian Weber Union City, TN Cream of the Crop Goat Dairy
Kim Mento Elmont, NY Cup2cake
Steven Hartman Middletown, OH Dedicated Motivated
Mark DeJohn Lawndale, CA DeJohn Photography
Eumora Reese Memphis, TN Downtown Candle Company
Julie Kuppart Harrisburg, IL Dream Baskets Inc. 
Ryan Lane Dallas, GA Dream Beard
Missy Wettstrom Bloomington, MN Droolin' Moose
Rachel Broom  Eureka, MO Endangered Wolf Center
Janet Sanchez San Antonio, TX Esposas Militares Hispanas USA Armed Forces
Anna Maria Maribona Portland, OR Fat Fancy
Judith Irving
Brookfield, VT Fat Toad Farm
Sindy Rodenmayer Garland, TX FatCat Patterns
Marcia Young East Freetown, MA Fiber Art Now
Javier Rodriguez Kissimmee, FL G.I. Money Magazine
Eva Alcaraz-Arango Coral Gables, FL Gazpacho Alcaraz, The Drinkable Salad
Janvieve Williams  Bronx, NY Ginger Moon 
Hilary Kearney San Diego, CA Girl Next Door Honey
Carryn Golden Wyncote, PA Golden Silhouette
Patti Jenson Liberty, KY Goose Creek Inc.
Tempal Hitt Cincinnati, OH Grace Green Beauty
Deana Vail Myrtle Beach, SC Groovy Green Glass
Timothy Stiffler-Dean Dayton, OH Guddina Coffee
John Heald Shrewsbury, MA Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors
Anna Wilinski Kalamazoo, MI Jest Paint LLC
Katey Jones Lamar, MS Jones Greenhouse
Bobbi-Jean Palmer South Paris, ME Kelly's Closet
Kim Bloomberg Glencoe, IL Kim Bloomberg Designs 
Marcia Funke Washington, KS KSDS, Inc. (formerly known as Kansas Specialty Dog Service)
Lacey Hamel Fort Collins, CO Lace and Lilies
Lora Clark Grove City, OH Live Love Dew LLC
Nancy Butler Granby, CT Lyric Hill Farm
Scott Loeser Minneapolis, MN Marked
Lauri Spitz Riverhead, NY Moustache Brewing Co.
Katie O'Neill Philadelphia, PA Mushmina
Janel Young Orlando, FL NAVA PETS
Jenny Wonderling High Falls, NY Nectar
Ran Wang New York, NY NY Entrepreneurs Business Network Inc.
Lauren Cannon La Mesa, CA PackSack
Janice Mae Bautista Glendora, CA Paperbeads by Janice Mae
Kaylle Tedesco Pattersonville, NY Peaceful Acres Horses
Phillip Ashley Rix Memphis, TN Phillip Ashley Chocolates
Darrell Sprattling Stone Mountain, GA Pi-bytes
Lea Richards Dayton, OH Pig of the Month BBQ
Miranda Dietrich Fargo, ND Play2learn Sensory Packs
Brooke Johnson Springfield, VA RAW! Inc.
Bill Dirst Harrison, AR reBounces, LLC
Lucas Sjostrom Brooten, MN Redhead Creamery
Charles Dwyer Senatobia, MS Retrieving Freedom, Inc.
Stephanie Eakins Grove City, OH Retro Dinner Diva
Joseph Land New York, NY Riley/Land [A Gourmet Pantry]
Christine Crawford Springfield, IL Rolens Brothers Music
Kelly Corbett Woolwich, ME Romney Ridge Farm Yarn Co.
Edward S. Majian Union City, NJ SARTONK
Bill Elcan Kirkwood, MO Seeds of Happiness
Jonathan Mah Olive Branch, MS SideStreet Burgers
Katy Shamitz Norwell, MA Skills for Living, LLC
Keme Henderson Indianapolis, IN Somethin' Sweet
Regina Lotito Beach Haven, NJ Spice It Up 
Catherine Cox  Prince Frederick, MD Spider Hall Farm, LLC
Trevor Abbott Gainesville, FL SpinChill
Jentri Cripe North Manchester, IN Spread the Sparkle
Leora Lazarus San Diego, CA Teacher Lee Play-To-Learn Preschool
Roy LaPish New Orleans, LA teeVillain
Kelly Yates Springfield, MO The Bee's Knees
Renee Larson Minneapolis, MN The Bow Tie Shoppe
Alison Cross Atlanta, GA The Boxcar Grocer
Kit Jenkins Alexandria, VA The Carrying On Project
Amber Barros Torrance, CA The Good Cookies & Beyond
Kim Longacre Martin, TN The Looking Glass Coffee & Curiosities
Devyn Goss Yucaipa, CA The Pink Glambulance
Megan Ouzts Atlanta, GA The Spotted Trotter
Jamie Schankweiler Richmond, VA The Stolen Pig
Michele Corbeil Brooklin, ME Three Bags Full Studio
Joel Harris  Canton, OH TomTod Ideas
Joshua Kush Oil City, PA Tri-City Monument Co.
Peter Neonakis Cleveland, OH Tridente International, Ltd.
John Kalu Osiri Pullman, WA Unleash 
Nyssa Hanger Lutz, FL Upward Spiral
Shawn Walton Atlanta, GA Wecycle Atlanta Inc.
Julia Smith Provo, UT Whimsey Lane Apparel
Maggie Howell South Salem, NY Wolf Conservation Center
Dylon Vaughn Tucson, AZ Xtreme Fun Spot
Gregory Moore Olathe, KS Zoomin Market


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