Travel with Marked

You’re a Finalist: FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

We got the exciting news that we made it to the top 100, which was an incredible feeling. Out of 5,000 people who entered Marked was selected to keep going to the final round. 

The second phase of the competition didn't require us to get any more votes (again THANK YOU to everyone who voted for us), but to write an essay. We were asked to pick one of four questions and write  a short essay (3,000 character limit,...

FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

The Competition 

Today was the last day for businesses to get votes on their Fed Ex Small Business Grant contest profile page and as of 6:22 pm CST we have made it to 1,203 votes. That's not a bad number considering that we were a little in the game getting our profile set up. 

The contest asks you to tell FedEx what separates your business from the rest and by doing that you could win:

GRAND PRIZE = $25,000
1 of 4 FIRST-PLACE GRANTS of $5,000
1 of 5 SECOND-PLACE GRANTS of $1,000

Entering was pretty...

Makers Coalition Student and Alumni Happy Hour


As graduates from the industrial sewing program we've continued to stay involved with supporting the Makers Coalition. Scott and I are hosting a monthly happy for current students, alumni and those who are interested in learning more about the sewing program.

The focus is on creating an energetic, vibrant community where valuable contacts can be made and ideas and opportunities can be shared. 

We are hoping that it will also serve employers who want to connect with the program graduates. Potential employers...

Story of Marked - Part 2


It was  3pm on Friday October 26th, 2007 and I had just been told to act calm, return to my desk and kindly stay until 5pm. I was part of an 80 person layoff and it was painful to watch the clock until it was time to pack up and go home.That was it, I was done. No more product development and no more sourcing trips to Asia. My life had just stopped. It was like on TV when the guy is on the operating table...

The Story of Marked - Part 1

I was 27 years old and 7,500 miles from home. I was hot and exhausted from being on a ten city, 1,500 mile whirlwind sourcing trip through China. It wasn't my first time sourcing sporting equipment there, but I would have never guessed in a million years what would happen after visiting the last factory on my itinerary.

This time I decided to be a bit more adventurous and opted to stay in the factory's living quarters instead of the five star mega hotel thirty minutes away. An experience I will forever be thankful for. A big part of business...