See the winners of the 2014 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest.
FedEx supports small business with the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest. This year, over 5,000 small businesses applied. The applicants were narrowed down to the top 100, and the 10 winners were announced on the FedEx Small Business Center, March 24.
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In 2012, the first FedEx Small Business Grant Contest launched to help small business owners achieve their dreams. To enter, competing companies answered the question, “If you were given $25,000 to spend on your business, what would you do with it?” They uploaded the answer and photos of their business online.
The response was impressive. Entrants included hundreds of small businesses, from nonprofits and startups to third-generation family-owned businesses. Their dreams were a testament to imagination and business savvy. They wanted to build better websites, expand to create more jobs, franchise their ideas, and innovate new products and services.
Six competitors received grants to fuel their visions. A year later, those businesses have made great strides toward their goals.
Darn Good Yarn owner Nicole Snow received the largest grant, $25,000. Her home-based business in remote Sebec, Maine, helps to lift women in India and Nepal out of poverty. It empowers them to run home businesses converting waste sari and rug fiber into high-end yarn. Repurposing material also reduces the burden on landfills. Snow used her grant to expand production, add new yarns, and fund looms and training for more women.
Third-generation butcher Danny Catullo, owner of Catullo Prime Meats, received one of five smaller grants. Catullo created a website to expand the family business beyond Youngstown, Ohio. By shipping premium-quality meats nationwide, Catullo increased demand for Ohio beef and generated new jobs in the hometown he loves. His $5,000 grant helped push online sales to the next level.
Gobie H2O received a $5,000 grant from FedEx to help grow their business and further their sustainability efforts. Business partners Ari Hoffman and Rusty Allen, are on a mission to provide a cleaner environment for the next generation. Gobie H2O designs reusable water bottles, and FedEx has helped them distribute their product and streamline their online shipping.