At inMark Media we believe that every dollar counts.  Running a business can be a strain on your financial stability and gaining access to capital to help your business grow can be a strain.  That is why we have done some of the research for you and want to bring to light a great financial opportunity for your small business.  Every year, FedEx offers a grant contest for small business owners.  The 2017 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is open to U.S.-based for-profit small businesses with fewer than 99 employees and operating for six months or more.

Over the past four years, 13,000 businesses have entered the contest in the United States alone. Since its inception, the contest has expanded to nine countries and the pool for the U.S. has grown from $50,000 to over $120,000 in total prizes.

This year, the contest offers grants and services to ten small businesses, distributing a collective prize pool of $120,500—the largest sum since the contest’s beginning. For the first time this year, the winners will also receive an additional dollar amount in credit to use toward FedEx Office print and business services to help run their businesses. The awards will include:

  • Grand prize: One winner of $25,000, plus $7,500 in FedEx Office print and business services
  • Silver prize: One winner of $15,000, plus $5,000 in FedEx Office print and business services
  • Bronze prize: Eight winners of $7,500, plus $1,000 in FedEx Office print and business services

To enter, participants must visit www.fedex.com/grantcontest and enter their contact information, write a short profile about their business 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.

Voting will take place through April 5. Following a judging period, winners will be announced on April 25 at www.fedex.com/grantcontest.

Act fast, you only have until March 29th to submit your materials.  Good luck!

We have not been sponsored by FedEx to provide you this information.  However, we strongly believe that a community that helps each other grows stronger and we are in the business of helping other business owners succeed.  Therefore, from time to time we will be posting opportunities for you to take action, whether it be a grant contest or a local workshop.  As the CEO and Founder of inMark Media Group, Franco Cabral, loves to say, “The more you learn, the more you earn.”