With the start of a New Year, so comes new competition. As the retail storefront of the FedEx brand, we want to encourage the small businesses we work with every day, to participate for the chance to win some very rewarding prizes, so help us get the word out and support small businesses through the 2014 Small Business Grant Contest.
The nationwide small business grant contest will award a total of $50,000 to 10 deserving U.S. small businesses. The grand prize winner will receive a $25,000 grant, four first place winners will each receive $5,000 and five second place winners will each receive $1,000.
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When the first FedEx Small Business Grant Contest launched in 2012, a variety of small business owners sent their story in. Whether they wanted to build better websites, expand to create more jobs, franchise their ideas or innovate new products and services, we listened.
Darn Good Yarn owner Nicole Snow received the largest grant, $25,000. Her home-based business in remote Sebec, Maine, helps to lift women in India and Nepal out of poverty. Snow used her grant to expand production, add new yarns, and fund looms and training for more women. See her story here:
Own a small business with less than 100 employees? Click here to register. Registration will remain open until 11:59 p.m. ET on Feb. 9. To register, all you have to do it upload your company logo and three photos that reflect your business and tell FedEx about your business and how you would utilize the grant to enhance it .
Don’t forget: Once your entry is approved, your profile will be posted to the contest website and you can encourage your customers and fan base to vote for your business each day. Voting will remain open until Feb. 23. The number of votes a small business receives will boost its visibility in the contest and is one factor FedEx will consider when determining the winners.
And stay tuned to keep up with the competition. The top 100 finalists will be announced on Feb. 23rd and the final grant winners will be announced on March 24th. Don’t forget to go online and register your small business