April 26, 2016
Member company MN8 wins SBA award
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Founded by current volunteer firefighter Zachary Green, MN8 has created two divisions: Foxfire and LumAware. The firefighting division, Foxfire, is proud to have over 65,000 firefighters in over 25 countries that utilize their Advanced Photoluminescent Technology® to help them see each other in dark and smoke-filled environments. The products provide a bright afterglow that helps reduce disorientation and increases fireground accountability. LumAware, MN8’s safety and egress division, offers more than 30 UL-listed exit signs, a patented illuminating liquid star nosing line stripe system and safety signs ranging from fire extinguisher labels to floor numbers. These products can replace traditional exit signs and do not require the use of batteries, electricity, lightbulbs and maintenance. LumAware also has a patented liquid stair nosing product that can be placed on the edges of stairs and helps sports arenas, factories and stairwells illuminate the stairs in the event of a power failure.
“The Columbus District Office of the Small Business Administration is honored to make this award to Zachary Green and his life-saving, innovative products in this export category,” says Martin Golden, district director of the Columbus District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. “I am happy to be able to recognize Mr. Green and his innovative products. MN8 is representative of the 236,000 Ohio-based small businesses which take advantage of the global marketplace, 70% of which have less than 20 employees.”
The award is presented to individuals who have increased sales, profits or growth of employment due to exporting products; shown creative overseas marketing strategies; implemented effective solutions to export challenges such as trade financing or market entry logistics; and demonstrated encouragement, volunteer assistance and cooperation with other small businesses that export.
“It’s an honor to share this technology with my brother and sister firefighters all over the world,” says Green. “Thanks to our employees, partners and investors we have been able to take the same technology that has helped firefighters see each other in the dark now make a difference for the international community so they can reduce risk, save money and have an environmentally friendly solution to traditional electric lighting.”
Green recently testified in front of the U.S. Congressional Small Business Committee and has helped several other entrepreneurs grow their companies and expand their ability to export U.S. - made products globally.
The long-standing award, which is only given during years when there is an outstanding recipient, will be presented Thursday, May 5 at the Columbus District Office’s Small Business Awards Dinner in Grove City, Ohio.