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NEWS | April 1, 2016

Small Business Blossoms Through Air Force Partnership




Global Neighbor Inc.

  • LOCATION: Centerville, Ohio
  • TOPIC NUMBER: AF121-207
  • TOPIC TITLE: Floral Disruptor – Directed Energy Weed Abatement and Prevention Tool
  • TECHNICAL PROJECT OFFICE: Air Force Test Center, Edwards AFB, CA

The Air Force’s search for a chemical-free way to kill weeds helped put an Ohio-based small business on the road to commercial success.

Global Neighbor, Inc., is now selling its NatureZap product through Amazon and several online dealers. The hand-held, spot treatment technology – which uses directed energy to control unwanted vegetation - was developed with support from an Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) award.

Jon Jackson, Global Neighbor’s president and principal investigator, said the SBIR/STTR program was a key to bringing the product to consumer markets and he expects the company to sell 1,000 units in 2016.


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