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The team at Learning ZoneXpress is committed to meeting and exceeding your expectations. Our mission is to help improve the health and vitality of young people by providing educators and targeted professionals an easily accessible source of relevant, creative and affordable learning tools about life skills, healthy behaviors and nutrition.
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Learning ZoneXpress is a growing, national company based in Owatonna, Minnesota, that designs, creates and delivers educational resources to teach life-skills to children. The company’s visually engaging DVDs, videos, posters, games, incentives and Power Point presentations communicate life-shaping messages for children and adults in memorable ways. Medical offices, public health programs such as WIC, families, as well as schools, libraries, other community facilities turn to Learning ZoneXpress for teaching tools. Over the past 13 years, Learning ZoneXpress has received 20 international Telly Awards, recognizing excellence in video, advertising and film production.
Recently listed as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America by Inc. Magazine, Learning ZoneXpress, was founded 1997 by Melanie Nelson. Nelson has worked in the education market for 27 years. After teaching seventh through 12th grade family and consumer sciences in Owatonna, she began developing and broadly distributing educational tools on vital topics including nutrition, child development, family living, character development, wellness, career direction and financial management.
Nelson and a team of skilled professionals create more than 100 new products each year. Last year, while the recession peaked, sales of Learning ZoneXpress grew by 11 percent. Already in 2010, revenues are up 12 percent year over year. In 2007, Nelson was named a finalist for Ernst and Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2009, Learning ZoneXpress received a grant from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s Grow Minnesota! initiative, funded by the Pohlad Family Foundation to bolster promising private companies. The company is using the grant to investigate expanding its business to the consumer market.
The cornerstone of Learning ZoneXpress’ success has been health and nutrition education. The company leads in creating and delivering resources for family and consumer science audiences nationally, and is currently developing additional educational health and nutrition products for the pre-adult audience.
Learning ZoneXpress is an important community booster, as well. The company employs a local workforce that packages and ships each product by hand to ensure quality. Learning ZoneXpress gives back to communities, too, including leading the charge to coordinate a $75,000 makeover to the Glennville/Emmons School Cafeteria in Southern Minnesota. The makeover, dubbed the “Cafeteria Makeover Challenge,” markedly improved nutrition. It was completed in conjunction with the Minnesota School Nutrition Association in the summer of 2009.