The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

  • The contest entry period has ended — let the voting begin.

    This will be our fourth year to award small-business grants to help designers, craftsmen, butchers, and everything in between. But that’s not all — winners also become a part of a community of successful entrepreneurs, gain and share valuable insights from peers, and receive great exposure for their businesses.

    Want to join this exclusive community? Get your community to support your entry with votes. Not entered in the contest? Find an entrant that inspires you and support them.

    Vote now

  • The contest entry period has ended — let the voting begin.

    This will be our fourth year to award small-business grants to help designers, craftsmen, butchers, and everything in between. But that’s not all — winners also become a part of a community of successful entrepreneurs, gain and share valuable insights from peers, and receive great exposure for their businesses.

    Want to join this exclusive community? Get your community to support your entry with votes. Not entered in the contest? Find an entrant that inspires you and support them.

    Vote now

  • The contest entry period has ended — let the voting begin.

    This will be our fourth year to award small-business grants to help designers, craftsmen, butchers, and everything in between. But that’s not all — winners also become a part of a community of successful entrepreneurs, gain and share valuable insights from peers, and receive great exposure for their businesses.

    Want to join this exclusive community? Get your community to support your entry with votes. Not entered in the contest? Find an entrant that inspires you and support them.

    Vote now

  • Grant winner - Lea Richards, Pig of the Month
  • Grant winner - David, Shark Wheel
  • Grant winner - Christine Porcaro, Fat Toad Farm

Contest Rules

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Key contest dates

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Entry period:
May 3 – May 30, 2016

Voting period:
May 17 – June 13, 2016

Top 100 finalists announced:
June 20, 2016

Winners announced:
July 11, 2016

Vote until June 13

What you can win

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One (1) grand prize of $25,000

One (1) $15,000 winner

Eight (8) $7,500 winners

Last year’s winner: In Blue Handmade

In Blue Handmade

This leather crafter won the $25,000 grand prize in 2015 and is constantly working to make her business better. See how Mary Lynn Schroeder’s passion for design led her to find the perfect niche in hand-made leather goods and get inspiration for your own entry into this year’s contest.

See her story

Connect with our grant contest winners

Nicole Snow of Darn Good Yarn

“It’s not all about selling. It’s about figuring out how I can enrich my customers’ lives.” –Nicole Snow, Darn Good Yarn.

This is just one piece of advice from a fellow small-business owner — but we’ve collected stories, tips, and plenty of other helpful resources from entrepreneurs like you who love following their dreams.

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Meet our small-business community

FedEx success stories

From family legacies to small start-ups, our small-business community from across the country can provide deep insight into what it takes to make a great business.

Learn how they got their start, how they connect with customers, and how they continue to make their dreams thrive.

See the stories

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