Meet our first grand prize grant winner
Opportunity knocked, and small businesses from around the country have answered! Since 2013, we've awarded $250,000 in small-business grants to entrepreneurs with a deep passion for their businesses. On our fifth anniversary of the grant contest, we spoke with our very first grand prize winner, Nicole Snow, founder and CEO of Darn Good Yarn. Nicole shares her experience with the contest and how she’s grown her business since winning. Who will be this year’s grand prize winner? See the top 100 finalists competing for $25,000, plus $7,500 in FedEx Office® print and business services.
See the 2016 grant winners
Winners become part of a community of entrepreneurs who gain and share insights from peers, and enjoy great exposure for their business. Discover how grand prize winner Ginjan Bros and our other 2016 winners got their start and are using their grants to take their small businesses to the next level.
Connect with our grant contest winners
“Do it your own way; find your own path. I never had a conventional business plan — I had an idea, a goal and I carved my own way.”
— Grant winner Mary Lynn Schroeder, In Blue Handmade
Read about the experiences of fellow small-business owners — we’ve collected stories, tips, and plenty of other helpful resources from entrepreneurs like you who love following their dreams.
How to help your small business survive
What you do — or don’t do — in your first five years as a small-business owner can make or break your chances for long-term success. Our Bonnie Voldeng, Director of Marketing, FedEx Services, shares great tips from the winners of the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest. Their advice for building a strong foundation now will help your small business thrive in the years to come.