Over $220K up for grabs in 2019 FedEx grant contest

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Small businesses are encouraged to enter FedEx’s Small Business Contest. Now in its seventh year, the contest offers grants and services to U.S. -based small businesses. This year, 10 winners will receive a collective prize pool of $220,500 — the largest sum since the contest was established in 2012.

“We know it’s difficult for even the most promising of small businesses to grow and scale, especially at the beginning of their lifecycle,” said Scott Harkins, senior vice president, Customer Channel Marketing at FedEx. “That’s why we are proud to offer our top 10 winners so much more than just the funds to help them grow their businesses.

“This year, our winners will receive much-needed expertise and advice on some of the most fundamental and critical aspects of building a viable and sustainable business — and we will stay on with them as a trusted advisor as they take their businesses to the next level.”

In addition to the grants, winners will also receive an additional dollar amount in credit to use towards FedEx Office print and business services to help run their businesses, as well as packages designed to help them with website optimization, design thinking, social media, and print expertise.

Specifically, the 2019 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest prize packages include:

Grand prize: One winner of $50K plus $7.5K in FedEx Office print
and business services

Silver prize: One winner of $30K, plus $5K in FedEx Office print
and business services

Bronze prize: Eight winners of $15K, plus $1K in FedEx Office print
and business services

To enter, participants must visit www.fedex.com/grantcontest and enter their contact info, write a short business profile and upload four photos of their business or product, including their logo. While not required, participants also have the option of submitting a 90-second “elevator speech” video to supplement their entry.

The contest entry period is open until March 25, 2019, with voting to take place until April 1, 2019. Winners will be announced on April 29, 2019, at fedex.com/grantcontest.

—Information provided by FedEx