Client News: Learning ZoneXpress President Melanie Nelson Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Finalist

Melanie NelsonCongratulations to Learning ZoneXpress president and founder Melanie Nelson, who has been named a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 program in the Upper Midwest. The awards – which will be presented at a gala tonight in Minneapolis – recognize outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Nelson, who was also named a finalist in 2007, was selected from a strong pool of nominations by a panel of independent judges. “All of us at Learning ZoneXpress are thrilled that Melanie has been recognized for her role as a business leader, entrepreneur and innovator,” said Learning ZoneXpress COO Joyce Mattson. “It’s a significant and well-deserved honor.”
One example of Nelson’s forward-thinking, industry-leading approach: The USDA revised its food pyramid nutrition guidelines in 2011, and Learning ZoneXpress was one of the first nine companies to partner with the organization to educate children and adults alike on the new MyPlate recommendations. Now, just over half a year later, the MyPlate line of products from Learning ZoneXpress have proven to be wildly popular and effective methods for relaying the new nutrition guidelines to people of all ages.
Learning ZoneXpress, based in Owatonna, Minn., is a leading source of “edu-taining” and award-winning teaching tools. Its mission is to help improve the health and vitality of children by providing relevant, creative and affordable learning tools about life skills, healthy behaviors and nutrition. Learning ZoneXpress offers a wide variety of learning aids and affordable education DVDs, posters, games, lesson plans, and PowerPoint presentations. For more information about Learning ZoneXpress, visit

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