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Chase Gives $3 Million to Small Business Owners

Chase Gives $3 Million to Small Business Owners
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Twelve small businesses have received quarter-million-dollar grants from Chase, as well as the chance to learn about marketing strategies in a special workshop at Google’s California headquarters.

The winners of the Chase: Mission Main Street contest range from a company providing healthy meal alternatives to Detroit schoolchildren, to a group of LEGO and robot enthusiasts. Each company gets $250,000 to further their business goals and a trip to California to get personalized advice from marketing and business experts at Google.

Winners were selected from over 35,000 applicants across the United States. Businesses had to receive 250 votes from supporters in order to be eligible for the judging round of the contest. More than 1.7 million people cast votes on the site.

After the voting period ended, a panel of judges evaluated companies based on their business plans, growth strategies, passion for their work, odds of being successful within the next two years, and the impact on their communities.

This year’s chosen businesses are:

  • ABL Denim, Los Angeles, CA: specializing in making denim jeans for people with sensory and mobility issues.

  • Axelo, Inc, Austin, TX: healthcare company using 3D technology to improve quality of life for patients

  •, Atlanta, GA: manufactures a pain-blocking device that can be used at home during injections

  • Chemo Beanies, Covington, LA: Head coverings for people undergoing chemotherapy

  • Curious Jane, Brooklyn, NY: Summer camps and after-school classes in design, engineering and science, especially for girls

  • Edibles Rex, Detroit, MI: Providing fresh, nutritious meals to schoolchildren throughout the city in partnership with schools

  • Living Design Studios, Inc., Lafayette, CO: creating recycled architectural and ornamental metalwork

  • Milagros de Mexico, San Francisco, CA: catering to the health and of the Latino community by providing them with affordable wellness products

  • Overnight Success Inc., Miami, FL: Job-creation through commercial construction projects

  • Rolling in Dough Pizza, Greenport, NY: A food truck serving wood-fired, brick-oven pizza in a restored 1943 truck

  • Shaktea Kombucha, Fairfield, IA: Microbrewery crafting organic kombucha and probiotic soft drinks as a healthy alternative to sodas

  • The Robot Garage, Birmingham, MI: space for classes and events dedicated to designing and building new creations with LEGO products.

First batch of winners created jobs with grant money

This is the second year that Chase has run the Mission Main Street contest. Last year’s winners included The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, which was able to open a second location and hire 10 new employees with the grant money, and, which made new hires in five different states and offered its employees benefits for the first time after winning the contest.

Chase offers several business credit cards, featuring rewards and other benefits targeted toward small business owners.

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