Trademark Engine Announces Grant Recipients
Houston-based trademark service gives out $5000 in COVID-19 relief
- Over 250 applications received, five chosen
- Trademark Engine also creatively helps non-recipients
Houston, Texas - May 26, 2020 - Trademark Engine, a Houston-based online trademark filing service, has announced the winners of its "On Your Mark, Get Set, Thrive" COVID-19 relief grant program.
"We received over 250 entries from businesses who are hurting right now, each one of them with a story and mission that inspired us," said Trademark Engine General Manager Sky Barron. "Selecting only five was tough, but every recipient has a proven mission rooted in kindness and giving back to their communities — a philosophy of empathy that we at Trademark Engine fully embrace."
The grant recipients are as follows.
Ballethnic Dance Company
Ballethnic Dance Company began in 1990 as a husband and wife team with a dream to teach ballet to those who have been shut out of the genre, including people of color and people with non-traditional body types. They innovate the art by incorporating other forms such as African dance. COVID-19 restrictions forced the company to postpone the debut of their new ballet, The Leopard Tale, much to the disappointment of cast, crew, and ticket-holders.
Lord Jameson makes high-quality, organic dog treats and donates the proceeds to animal welfare organizations. While COVID-19 has devastated the business, the real impact is far more personal. Both company founder Sarah Goldberger and her young son were diagnosed with the disease. Despite weeks of lost productivity while caring for herself and her son, Goldberger ensures the company provides resources to help pet parents in these trying times.
SIMPLiGood works directly with farmers in international communities to bring food to U.S. businesses. They handle the entire food supply chain, cutting out the middlemen to provide competitive prices without putting financial pressure on farmers. The Trademark Engine grant will help support SIMPLiGood employees, farmers, and their families.
Global College Pipeline Initiative
The Global College Pipeline Initiative is a Tennessee-based nonprofit that uses innovative academic and social experiences to help high school students succeed in their own lives and positively impact the lives of others. Once completed, this program guarantees students admission to a GCP partner university. The pandemic forced GCP to suspend in-school programs, but Trademark Engine's grant will help pay independent contractors to continue the vital work remotely.
1For1 Water sells natural spring water in eco-friendly, biodegradable bottles. For every bottle bought, they donate one liter of clean, sustainable drinking water to people in desperate need of it. Most of 1for1's sales come from coffee shops and restaurants, and social distancing has depleted their monthly revenue. Despite this setback, 1for1 still works to empower compassionate people to positively impact the global water crisis every day.
Some applicants not selected for a full grant received other awards, including purchased products and numerous smaller donations. Many of these resulted in fun bonuses for Trademark Engine employees. In one such example, the company hired client Sharqi Dance of New Jersey to provide employees with an introduction to belly dancing class over Zoom.
About Trademark Engine: Trademark Engine is an online trademark filing service based in Houston, Texas. Visit www.trademarkengine.com for more information.