Cross receives award for entrepreneurial spirit
Aaron Cross a local, self-employed businessman was nominated and selected to receive the 2012 Judd Jacobson Award for entrepreneurial spirit. Nomination and support for Cross came from the Cambridge Minnesota Workforce Center, Cambridge, Minn., along with Accessible Homes and Midwest Stair Lifts, St. Paul, Minn.
The Judd Jacobson Memorial Award is named for the late Minnesota business leader who became a quadriplegic as a result of a diving accident. The award is administered by Courage Center, with funds made possible by Daniel J. Gainey, a lifelong friend of Jacobson.
Established in 1992, the Judd Jacobson Memorial Award recognizes pursuit or achievement of a business entrepreneurial endeavor by a person with a physical disability or sensory impairment. The award recipient receives a special plaque, a $5,000 cash award to advance his or her entrepreneurial business endeavor and is honored at a special event October 3rd at Courage Center in Golden Valley, Minn.
Cross, a quadriplegic resulting from a bicycle accident at the age of 15, owns and operates and nationally known motivational speaking company, Motivation On Wheels Professional Public Speaking. In 2011, Cross added Life Skills Training to his business; and in 2012 he added Assistive Technology Training, working with persons of any age and ability to learn, create and become successful in all they do.
Cross will use the grant to obtain specific certifications enabling him to work with more clients and create more opportunities for them.