Celebrating Small Businesses Year Round

Small Business Week was May 1–7, but every week is a celebration of small businesses here on the FedEx® Small Business Center.

Find the inspiration, tips, tools and resources you need to get your business off the ground or to reach new heights. See how others found success, learn from their mistakes and see how FedEx can help.

Small business grant winner insights
Grant winner Ryan Lane of Dream Beard

Enter the 2016 grant contest

The 2016 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest has launched. Get insights from past winners on how to enter and what entering the contest could mean for your business.

See how to enter

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They stitch. We print.

The team at In Blue Handmade sells handcrafted leather goods. To keep their focus on the leather, they turn to their FedEx Office for custom printing expertise.

See how FedEx Office came through in the clutch

Defending a family legacy

When his grandfather's legacy was infringed upon, Edward Majian took up the family business mantle. See how he and his company, Sartonk, honor champions in and out of the boxing ring.

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The Sartonk family

At the center of NoWear

NoWear Extreme Apparel helps fund a community training facility and program. With FedEx Office, they get shipping and printing expertise without adding to their payroll.

See how FedEx Office is helping NoWear BMX go places

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Consult with an expert

Consult with a FedEx expert

Request a phone consultation to discuss how you can maximize your savings on shipping and choose the services that provide the business benefits you need.

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Success is sweet

A small cookie business soars to success with help from FedEx Packaging Lab Engineers. 

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A Cut Above the Rest

Learn how two college friends started The Bouqs Company, a floral company that delivers the freshest flowers from the most sustainable farms.

See their story

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Successes and failures

Running a small business is a journey, filled with great decisions and big mistakes. See what other business owners went through and what they learned.

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  • 5 tips for online selling success

    1. Plan for your online business
    When you start selling online, you’ll find that e-commerce has its own opportunities and challenges. You’ll need to work to understand the market, financing options, and your own capabilities before you write your business plan. We can help.

    Start planning

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    2. Build your e-commerce infrastructure
    Once you’ve established a plan, it’s time to develop a streamlined customer experience. From payment options to a clear return policy, your customers need a system that’s easy to use — especially if you’re selling on multiple marketplaces.

    Build a customer-friendly system

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    3. Deliver big with a well-planned supply chain
    A huge boom in customer orders is great for revenue, but it can be difficult if you don’t have a solid system for shipping. Learning to optimize your deliveries, returns, and packaging can give customers speed and flexibility while saving you money.

    Prepare your shipping

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    4. Attract customers
    Getting noticed by potential customers is a matter of being visible. Determine which approaches will increase sales and give you the most buzz — from search engine optimization to social media to loyalty programs — without costing too much time or money.

    Attract more customers

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    5. Grow your reputation and grow your business
    Once you’re online and selling, it’s not just about satisfying customers. It’s about turning them into advocates for your store. Make an excellent customer experience your top priority while avoiding common pitfalls that could harm your online reputation.

    Grow your business

Learn from successful business owners

Learn from successful business owners

Get inspiration and practical tips from business owners who've made their dreams a reality.

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