John Long, VP for Physical Plant and Production, Russell Vreeland, founder, and Scott Pierce, VP of Operations.

Pictured from left to right: John Long, VP for Physical Plant and Production, Russell Vreeland, founder, and Scott Pierce, VP of Operations. The three are holding a cane from the liquid nitrogen freezer where the culture bank is stored.

A start up from the Eastern Shore of Virginia aimed at solving desalinization of water is in the running for FedEx’s small business of the year.

Eastern Shore Microbes, founded by Russell Vreeland, has patented the world’s only sustainable, green process that cleans and evaporates salt brine. ESM’s microbes eat the waste and heat the brine of contaminated wastewater.

Vreeland hopes the grant will help introduce this green process to more markets in a cost effective manner.

“We produce large amounts of microbes and nutrients, all of which are bulk shipped to other states and countries,” said Vreeland. “This is a paradigm shifting process that we help non-microbiologist clients understand. The grant and business services will help us educate our clients on a sustainable way to clean up their mess, while also showing people what harmless microbes can really do and how well they can do it.”

The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest recognizes and rewards unique small businesses with grants up to $50,000.

To vote for Eastern Shore Microbes, click this link. You may vote one time daily per email address you register.

Voting ends April 1, 2019.

For more information on Eastern Shore Microbes, visit esmicrobes.com.