Noso Patches, the maker of all-purpose patches that fix rips, snags and tears, was awarded a Kickstart: Wyoming grant this month by the Wyoming Business Council, the state of Wyoming’s Economic Development Agency. The grant will help the small business based in Jackson, WY expand operations capacity and contribute to job creation in the state.
“Noso has been self-funded from the beginning and we have experienced great success while being lean,” said Kelli Jones, founder of Noso. “This grant allows us to invest in machinery to help with scale in 2019 and will offer sustainable jobs to the Teton region.”
Kickstart: Wyoming grants provide $5,000-$50,000 to Wyoming startups with high-growth potential and fewer than 50 employees. Applicants must commit to maintaining a meaningful nexus to Wyoming and whose concept has potential to provide an economic return to the state of Wyoming through creation of jobs, expanded tax base and diversification of the state’s economy. Business Council regional directors work with individual applicants—both those who were funded and those who were not— to connect them with the resources they need.
Noso is wrapping up a successful 2018 that included media coverage in Outside Magazine, Backpacker and various trade publications, custom patch projects with gear manufacturers Deuter and Big Agnes, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, product placement in REI stores across the country and reaching their sales goal, along with the Kickstart grant.
“This is a great way to end 2018, but it might be an even better way to start a new year,” added Jones. “I’m looking forward to working the Wyoming Business Council and being an example for future entrepreneurs.”
Noso Patches are made of 30D ripstop nylon, uncoated and down proof with a high tenacity and heat/light inhibiting qualities.