Love A Local Business Delivers Grant to Blossom Birth

(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.”
Tracy

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.

*Winners must comply with the Official Rules to receive the grants.

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7 comments
Tauris Nelson
Tauris Nelson

2GirlsFriday sounds like an awesome biz. I work in an area similar to yours. I think the need is great. Resources such as yours are relevant!

Andre Carroll
Andre Carroll

I love many different businesses but the one the one thing I like is that nobody is in the same citutation doing the same thing some else is doing.

Mishele Echelberger
Mishele Echelberger

I would like to nominate Line Drive Baseball Nor-Cal Academy. LDBA is a non profit org that is on a mission to change the lives of the local youth and community. LDBA was started by James Arnold husband and father of 6 to reach out to our athletes. This org provides training in fundamentals and life lessons for ages 5-18 in daily training sessions by volunteer certified coaches. They provide training to local area little leagues, their managers and coaches, work with local High Schools developing programs and building their club skills and character and sponsor carefully selected athletes to attend prospect camps. This program does all this on donations and sponsors only. To date all training has been offered free of charge. A grant would help the program continue to provide this and much more at no cost. The long term goal of this program is to build a community field open to the public and area leagues. They are also working to build the softball community for girls ages 5-18 which is almost non existent in local little leagues.

Cynthia Love Burrows
Cynthia Love Burrows

I started this company (2 Girls Friday) to be a resource center in a low income area, where I can provide secretarial/clerical services to small/sole proprietor business, copy/fax and computer access to residents and to facilitate wellness living education. We have now determined a need in area charter schools for assistance in data analysis used to acquire government funding. If I am awarded the grant, we would train data imput specialists and analysts to undertake meeting this need. I need help to hire and train people for this very important function.

All Small Engine Repair
All Small Engine Repair

My dad and i started this 6 yrs ago he passed now my best friend and i are partners but we are trying to get the shop that me and my dad were at so thats what we would do with the money. Right now we work ot of my house which is out in the country we want to move in town where we were the shop got rented out but now its for sale and we would like dibs on it but need help.