(Note: To vote in the current grant competition, visit LoveALocalBusiness.com)
In January we had over 30,000 love notes posted to LoveALocalBusiness.com. Each brief message of adoration also served as a nomination to win a small business grant.
After a random selection narrowed the competition to just five businesses, Blossom Birth, a non-profit birth and parenting resource in Palo Alto, California, was the ONE that was selected by our judges to win the Grand Prize grant: $25,000 worth of local radio advertising on the Westwood One network, $9,500 in cash and $500 in Intuit products and services.
Blossom Birth used their website, email newsletter and social networks to ask their customers and community for support. Their fans responded with 153 nominations in January, including this one that was randomly selected for our judges to evaluate:
“I think Blossom provides such a great resource for moms and pregnant women in the area. I really enjoyed my prenatal yoga classes and meeting other women in the community.”
After being informed that they’d won, Blossom Birth’s Executive Director, Mora Oommen had this to share with her supporters,
“We have functioned for the last ten years on a small budget, able to do what we do thanks to strong community support and involvement, but this award will help us do so much more! On behalf of the new and expectant families we serve – and all the new ones we will be able to reach – we thank Intuit for helping us do even more to encourage wellness, confidence and connected families in our community.”
Four other businesses won $5,000 grants in January:
Xtreme Wheels Indoor Skate Park in Buffalo, NY – Even before owner Virginia Mazgajewski learned that she had won a $5,000 grant, she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support expressed by 973 fans who nominated her business.
Eastern Dental of Toms River in Toms River, NJ – Dr. Paul Gottdenker nominated his own dental practice. He also nominated his daughter’s business in nearby Red Bank, The Academy of Dance Arts. Perhaps they’ll win in February.
Kingdom Enterprises, LLC in Charlotte, NC – Joy Alston acted on her belief that “give and you shall receive,” by nominating her pastor’s business, A.L. Jinwood Funeral Service. Several of her customers nominated her business, and one of those was selected in our random drawing.
Wonderful Things in Georgetown, TX – Owner Sharon McKinnon was completely surprised by our call. She was not even familiar with LoveALocalBusiness.com. The kind words of a single fan mean Sharon now will have a $5,000 grant to invest in her gift shop.
It’s not to late to nominate a business you love. We’ll be awarding grants worth over $50,000 to businesses that are nominated between February 1 and February 28.