US FedEx Small Business Grant winners announced

FedEx has announced its winners in the US FedEx Small Business Grant Contest. LUX Blox is an Illinois based firm that makes construction blocks that teach children and adults nature’s design principles. The company wins a $50,000 grant and $7500 $7,500 in FedEx Office® print and business services to help with its mission to develop programs and videos to support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning, and therapeutic exercises for individuals with autism and sensory disorders.

“Of the more than 13,000 entries in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest – our largest ever – LUX Blox really exemplifies all the characteristics we want in a grand prize winner,” said Scott Harkins, senior vice president, Customer Channel Marketing at FedEx. “FedEx is a global company that connects people and possibilities around the world, and we look forward to working with LUX Blox to help them grow their business – from product packaging to shipping to e-commerce.”

“We are honored to be named the 2019 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest Grand Prize Winner,” said Michael and Heather Acerra, owners of LUX Blox. “We set out to create a better building block so that both kids and adults spend less time in front of a screen and more time using their hands to create. We are planning to use the grant money to develop even more programs and videos to support math and science learning for educators and students, as well as therapeutic exercises for individuals with autism and sensory disorders.”

Second Prize of $30,000, and a $5,000 credit in FedEx Office services went to Qore Performance in McLean, VA. The company makes an IcePlate that is a personal cooling and hydrating system for first responders and outdoor workers that helps protect them from heat stroke and hypothermia. In summer 2018, Qore Performance industrial and military customers worked 200,000 hours with zero heat incidents.

“It’s an honour to award our print and business services to this year’s FedEx Small Business Grant Contest winners,” said Tracy Brightman, senior vice president of Human Resources and Communications for FedEx Office. “While these entrepreneurs are a driving force in the success of our economy, they’re also giving back to their local communities and we’re proud to fuel their contributions.”

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