As we looked through the previous winners of the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, we at Gallery Drinkware were so impressed. FedEx clearly chooses companies to be the recipients of their grants based on ingenuity, creativity, thoughtful ambition, and originality-- in summary, companies who are making an impact on the world in some way, shape, or form.
We believe in supporting small businesses whenever possible, not just because we are one, but because we believe in encouraging the hopes and dreams of "the little guy," the people who are putting their blood, sweat, and tears into building something they believe in with every fiber of their beings.
And so when it came time for us to put together our application, we wanted to make sure we measured up to these remarkable small businesses from the previous contest years as well as the current one!
For our application, we had to ask ourselves: do we have a unique product? Do we present that product on our website in an eye-catching and engaging way? Do we have our own "voice," our own distinct vision, and a clear way of expressing our mission and values? Do we give back in some way to the world around us? Are we a small business deserving of the incredibly generous funds that FedEx has allocated for a company to use for growth?
In our humble opinion, we are able to answer a resounding "yes" to each of these questions! Our artistic glass drinkware is unlike anything else out there. Sure, there are many companies making glass drinkware with lovely images printed on them, but do they design drinkware as elegantly delicate as our reversed frost pieces? As uniquely gorgeous as our signature bottles, which have an incredible three-dimensional effect as if the art is suspended in the water? Are their pint glasses as colorful, vibrant, and dynamic as ours? And most importantly, are they licensees of these much-beloved, renowned artists' work?
Moreover, we believe our website is a stand-out on many levels-- the colors, nuances, and artistic beauty of our drinkware is conveyed beautifully in our photographs; we update our blog regularly, passionately, and with a perspective that is uniquely ours; and with each purchase, we give 4% of all sales to the natural world around us.
In closing, we are optimistically hopeful that we have a strong chance of winning the #fedexgrant! We are counting on you, all of our valued customers, social media followers, friends, and family, to vote for us daily until April 5th, 2017 so that FedEx sees how supported and valued we are as a company by the people around us.
Thank you so very much to those of you who voted already and who support us in some way every day (buying our products, commenting on our blog, interacting with us positively on social media, sharing your unique perspectives, spreading the word about our company)-- we couldn't grow and flourish the way we are without each and every one of you!