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Local business needs popular votes to win thousands of dollars in grant money

Posted: 4:44 PM, Mar 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-28 19:10:13-04

‘Goin’ Coastal’ has been in the t-shirt making business for the past 2 years.

“Just grabbing different ideas from around town and trying to make it into a t-shirt,” said Abigail Bagley.

Now the small family-owned business is looking to expand by adding services and inventory to their store. And they plan on doing it through the FedEx small business grant contest.

“To be able to offer t-shirts and towables and to have a snow cone and ice cream bar,” said Hannah Miller.

“We know with the tourist that come to town and even the locals how fun it would be to be able to come get an ice cream and stroll the streets,” said Sharon Miller.  “Or walk down to the harbor or the beach I just think it would be great for families in general.

Business owner Sharon Miller says the business started just months before the family lost their home after Hurricane Harvey.

“The hurricane slowed us down significantly,” said Sharon Miller.

But instead of sharing sad stories about everything Hurricane Harvey took from them, the family says they continued to sell shirts at pop-up shops and out of temporary locations.

Fortunately our shirts were in rubber totes with lids on them so we had about 12 totes with t shirts at the time for market events and those made it through the storm,” Sharon Miller

According to the FedEx contest rules, out of all the applicants, only the top 700 businesses with the most votes will be moved to the second round of judging.

So, to qualify for the grant, Goin’ Coastal needs your vote.

“If we’re given this grant we’re just excited to expand our offerings,” said Hannah Miller.

Voting is set to end April 1, 2019. You can vote by going to:

https://smallbusinessgrant.fedex.com/home/detail/823accb0-95bb-4691-9177-a2571018ab39?fbclid=IwAR2RYMCZN3a__IZDSVrUaM0ScUMajotVhgBnW2nnS3mzvRKN8Hw4IuoHgLU#/gallery/detail/823accb0-95bb-4691-9177-a2571018ab39

Other businesses in South Texas who applied for the grant are:

 

Corpus Christi:

Coastal Creations

Lift Fitness

SPI Go Green, LLC

Wardell Consulting

C Math is Easy

Corpus Christi Ice Machine

S&J Bakery, Inc.

Sketch Enterprises

Unstoppable Nutrition

 

Portland:

XDS Surveying & Mapping PC

 

Rockport:

Goin Coastal Outfitters

Southern Rayne Boutique

Doughz Guyz Woodfired Pizza

Mammoth Training Center

OMEGA Tuning

 

Aransas Pass:

F/V Wasp

R&S Fitness Training, LLC

 

Port Aransas:

J&R Pizza