2015 Small Indie Business Grant Finalists

Small indie businesses are vital to keeping our communities healthy, wealthy and vibrant, so in honor of our local businesses, ShopLocal.us is pleased to announce the finalists of our Small Indie Business Grant program. Winners will be honored at the Awards Ceremony on the night of our South Bay Business Mavericks Gala on October 21, 2015 at Toyota USA Automobile Museum in Torrance.

Congratulations to everyone who participated—we received an incredible response of truly amazing applications and videos!

WHAT’S THE ONE THING THAT A GRANT AWARD WOULD BE USED FOR TO CONTRIBUTE MOST TO YOUR SUCCESS AS A SMALL BUSINESS?

Samantha Bossu of Decora Plantscapes based in San Pedro, tells us in her Top 3 finalist video submission. “My Prius has seen more plants than the Costa Rican rainforest. We are close to a down payment on a company vehicle, but a grant would be a tremendous help to us.  Not only would it give us more space to breathe, but it would allow for larger scale projects, and higher end installs.” —Samantha Bossu


Sheri Fink, local best-selling author and Founder of The Whimsical World of Sheri Fink based in the South Bay, tells us in her Top 3 finalist video submission. “If my small, independently owned business is selected to receive a ShopLocal business grant, it will enable me to fulfill a dream of gifting autographed copies of my books to every elementary school, hospital, and library in the South Bay community enabling every child in the local area to benefit from the inspiring and empowering messages in my books.” —Sheri Fink


Jean Brusavich, Owner of TranquilPET based in Gardena, tells us in her Top 3 finalist video submission. “Many pet owners travel over an hour away to swim their dogs, because they are not aware that TranquilPET is right here in their own backyard. I would use the grant to let pet owners know that TranquilPET is swimming dogs right here in the South Bay.” —Jean Brusavich

WINNERS WILL BE HONORED DURING THE AWARDS CEREMONY AT THE SOUTH BAY BUSINESS MAVERICKS GALA ON OCTOBER 21, 2015 IN TORRANCE!

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