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Mission Main Street Grants® Program Celebrates 20 Small Businesses

Businesses Receive $150,000 Grants

Today, 20 small businesses, ranging from a Chicago doughnut shop to a manufacturer of fishing lures, will each receive a $150,000 grant from Chase’s Mission Main Street Grants program.

“The Mission Main Street Grants program is a way for Chase to say ‘thank you’ to companies that mean so much to their customers and communities,” said Jennifer Piepszak, CEO of Chase Business Banking. “We were inspired by scores of business owners who are following their dreams, and exude such passion, commitment and dedication.”

One recipient is La Casa Azul, an independent bookstore in New York’s East Harlem.

“At the heart of La Casa Azul Bookstore is the diverse literature and cultural programming that makes the bookstore such a unique place in New York City,” said owner Aurora Anaya-Cerda, a former middle school English teacher. “Mission Main Street Grants provides us with the opportunity to expand on the programs and book selection we offer students, families, writers and readers.”

The program drew nearly 25,000 applications from business owners in all 50 states, and more than 1.6 million votes were cast online. Each eligible business that received at least 250 votes was reviewed by a panel of judges who selected the 20 recipients based on their growth potential, management team, community impact, and how they planned to use the grant funds.

In addition to receiving the grants, recipients will travel to California for an exclusive marketing workshop at Google headquarters.

Learn more about three of the recipients in these videos :

Here are the 20 grant recipients:

    · Apeel Sciences – Creates products from natural plant extracts that allow growers to reduce use of pesticides, increase crop yield and provide longer shelf life.

    · Atlantis Hydroponics, Inc. – Sells hydroponic materials to help make hydroponics the future of horticulture and self-sustaining gardening an integral part of people’s lives.

    · Bill Lewis Outdoors – Manufactures and distributes quality lures and bobbers to enhance the fishing experience.

    · Blue Oven Bakery, Inc. – Offers an array of farm-fresh foods ranging from naturally fermented and more traditional breads, sweet pastries, tarts, and prepared foods.

    · Cuevas Distribution Inc. – Offers high-quality laboratory, medical, safety supplies, and equipment to keep your lab compliant and researchers safe.

    · Dat Donut – Provides fresh, delicious, high- quality hand-made donuts.

    · Fortified Bicycle, Inc. – Makes city cycling safer through products that protect bikers and their gear.

    · GroundWork Renewables, Inc. – Provides meteorological stations and services to supply clients with the knowledge necessary to develop profitable solar and wind energy projects.

    · JC’s Pie Pops – Produces creamy, crunchy, pie-inspired frozen cream desserts on a stick that are all-natural, made with hormone-free dairy and non-GMO ingredients.

    · KOTA Longboards LLC – Designs and manufactures handcrafted longboard skateboards from hard rock maple with a unique KOTAgrip finish that eliminates the need for grip tape.

    · La Casa Azul Bookstore – Independent bookshop and community hub that celebrates Latino traditions, provides educational programs and features locally made art.

    · Mast Brothers Chocolate – Artisanal chocolate factory and brew bar dedicated to the craft of hand made chocolate and brewed chocolate beverages.

    · New Orleans School of Cooking – Shares the fun, food and folklore of New Orleans in a variety of cooking classes and retail products.

    · Pallet Wrapz, Inc. – Produces an eco-friendly, reusable, heavy duty vinyl mesh used to wrap pallets that is an alternative to plastic stretch film.

    · Portland Meat Collective, LLC – Helps consumers procure sustainable, humanely-raised whole animals directly from small Oregon farms and provides butchery and charcuterie classes.

    · Qubits Toy, Inc. – Creates an easy to assemble, snap-together toy that explores modular design and lets kids know that geometry can be fun, artistic, and challenging.

    · The ReWall Company, LLC – Provides 100 percent upcycled, high performance building materials from beverage cartons and cups.

    · SOLOSHOT, Inc. – Designs and manufactures an innovative robotic camera enabling you to film automatically.

    · The Root Café, LLC – A casual, family-friendly restaurant that offers award-winning food made with fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from small farms in Arkansas.

    · Titan Paddles LLC – Designs and hand-crafts a strong, durable yet lightweight paddle for paddleboarding enthusiasts.

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