FedEx’s 5th Annual Small Business Grant Contest for Veterans, Others.

FedEx’s 5th Annual Small Business Grant Contest http://bit.ly/2lXGvfs

FedEx has begun accepting applications for a total prize pool of $120,500 – the largest sum since the contest’s inception. They are hoping to increase the number of applicants in a variety of demographics, including the veteran community.

The contest offers grants and services to ten small businesses and for the first time this year, the winners will also receive an additional dollar amount in credit to use towards FedEx Office print and business services to help run their businesses. The awards will include:

  • Grand prize: One (1) winner of $25,000, plus $7,500 in FedExOffice® print and business services
  • Silver prize: One (1) winner of $15,000, plus $5,000 in FedExOffice print and business services
  • Bronze prize: Eight (8) winners of $7,500, plus $1,000 in FedExOffice print and business services

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.

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.

The contest entry period is open from February 21 to March 29, 2017, with voting to take place from March 1 to April 5, 2017.

Over the past four years, 13,000 businesses have entered the contest in the U.S. alone.  The contest has now grown from one country to nine countries and the grant pool for the U.S. contest has grown from $50,000 to more than $120,000 in total prizes.