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Monroe, CT

  • E-Commerce
  • usa made
  • diploma frames
  • manufacturing
  • scholarship

We handcraft custom diploma frames for America’s college, university, and high school graduates. You earned it--let us help you showcase it!

What inspired you to get into the business you are in today?

I’m an entrepreneur at heart—if I see an opportunity, I’m quick to explore it. When I earned an office at my first job, I wanted to decorate with a painting of my alma mater. Amazed that I couldn’t find one, I commissioned an artist to paint Dartmouth Hall, created a series of prints, and I began selling framed art. Listening to my new customers ignited the big idea for my business—since Dartmouth’s diploma is in Latin, we began creating quality diploma frames with the school name and seal.

How do you define success for yourself and for your business?

Success means creating great experiences. We want our customers to feel a personal touch when they interact with us, and enjoy a WOW moment when receiving their frame. After all, we create frames to showcase milestone achievements! For our employees, success is a positive, engaged workplace with individuals who share our passion for quality, and offering growth opportunities as the company expands. The drive to “do what it takes” to exceed customers’ expectations is at the core of all we do.

How would you use the FedEx SMB Grant money to make a significant impact on your business and/or on others?

Diplomaframe.com inspires graduates to showcase their achievements, and our annual Frame My Future Scholarship helps worthy students further their education. Each year we award $6,000 in college tuition to students who have creatively expressed their future ambitions. This grant would allow us to double our scholarship program while investing in expanded social media and branding presence among college students and parents.

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