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FedEx launches small business grant contest, top winners will receive over $220000 - talkbusiness.net

Posted: 28 Feb 2019 11:31 AM PST

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. has announced the launch of its 7th annual Small Business Grant Contest that offers grants and services to ten U.S. based small businesses worth $220,500, the largest sum since the contest was established in 2012.

In addition to the grants, winners will also receive an additional dollar amount in credit to use towards FedEx Office print and business services to help run their businesses, as well as packages designed to help them with website optimization, design thinking, social media, and print expertise. Specifically, the 2019 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest prize packages include:

• Grand prize: One (1) winner of $50,000, plus $7,500 in FedEx Office print and business services;
• Silver prize: One (1) winner of $30,000, plus $5,000 in FedEx Office print and business services;
• Bronze prize: Eight (8) winners of $15,000, plus $1,000 in FedEx Office print and business services

"We know it's difficult for even the most promising of small businesses to grow and scale, especially at the beginning of their lifecycle," said Scott Harkins, senior vice president, Customer Channel Marketing at FedEx. "That's why we are proud to offer our top ten winners so much more than just the funds to help them grow their businesses. This year, our winners will receive much needed expertise and advice on some of the most fundamental and critical aspects of building a viable and sustainable business – and we will stay on with them as a trusted advisor as they take their businesses to the next level."

The 2018 contest garnered nearly 665,000 votes and attracted more than 7,800 candidates from across the United States. Grand Prize winner Rumi Spice, a small Chicago-based business that sources and brings to market premier saffron from the fields of Afghanistan, was founded by former Army officer Keith Alaniz and two friends who, while serving in the war-torn country, realized the need to provide economic alternatives to opium farming for the Afghan people.

In the year since they took home the grand prize in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, Rumi Spice has used its winnings to greatly improve their supply chain logistics, as they transport the saffron out of Afghanistan and bring it to Chicago where it is then packaged and sent to Michelin star restaurants and consumers all over the U.S.

Over the past seven years, 24,000 businesses have entered the contest in the U.S. alone. The contest has now grown from one country to eleven countries and the grant pool for the U.S. contest has grown from $50,000 to $220,500 in total cash prizes.

The 2019 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is open to U.S.-based for-profit small businesses that have fewer than 99 employees and have been 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 19 to March 25, 2019, with voting to take place from February 27 to April 1, 2019.

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Business calendar for March 3-9 - Herald-Mail Media

Posted: 02 Mar 2019 09:00 PM PST

MARYLAND FedEx Small-Business Grant Contest entry

Now through Monday, March 25 — What could you do with $15,000, $30,000 or even $50,000 for your small business? The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is offering money to 10 winners. Entries will be accepted through Monday, March 25. Entering is a great opportunity to gain exposure for your business and connect with your community. Winning one of the 10 grants could open up new possibilities for your business. There will be one grand prize winner of $50,000, plus $7,500 in FedEx Office print and business services; one silver prize winner of $30,000, plus $5,000 in FedEx Office print and business services; and eight bronze prize winners of $15,000, plus $1,000 in FedEx Office print and business services. To learn more about the grant contest and how to enter, go to fedex.com/grantcontest.

State of the City

Tuesday, March 5 — Come and listen to what is being planned for Hagerstown. 7 to 9 a.m. Hager Hall Conference and Event Center, 901 Dual Hwy., Hagerstown. $15 for Washington County Chamber of Commerce members, $25 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Call 301-739-2015, ext. 100, email info@hagerstown.org or go to www.hagerstown.org.

Learning Lunch Hour

Tuesday, March 5 — Join the Washington County Chamber of Commerce members for lunch, discussion and networking. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hager Hall Conference and Event Center, 901 Dual Hwy., Hagerstown. Free for Washington County Chamber of Commerce members; $10 for nonmembers. Call 301-739-2015, ext. 100, email info@hagerstown.org or go to www.hagerstown.org.

Small-business owners: How to stay sane

Tuesday, March 5 — This webinar presented by professor, author and speaker Dawn Fotopulos, will identify four key areas where the business owner can shift priorities to improve profitability. She will explain why and how you should stop: Ignoring your financial statements, learn the basics of reading your profit and loss statement; offering loss leader products or services, find out how to identify profitable products and services; over-servicing unprofitable customers, understand who are your profitable and unprofitable customers; and ignoring existing customers, power profits are generated from existing relationships, not new customers. Learn how to grow your high-potential existing customer base to relieve the burden of new customer acquisition. 2 to 3 p.m. SCORE webinar. Call 301-766-2043 or go to www.hagerstown.score.org.

Coffee and Connections

Wednesday, March 6 — Start your day with a little morning networking. Hear about exciting Washington County Chamber of Commerce happenings. This is a great way to not only connect with fellow members, but to also touch base on ways you can benefit from your membership. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Washington County Chamber of Commerce, 1 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Free for Washington County Chamber of Commerce members; $10 for nonmembers. Call 301-739-2015, ext. 100, email info@hagerstown.org or go to www.hagerstown.org.

Collaborative Communications Strategies

Wednesday, March 6 — Improve the ability of staff to work well with others through better communication. By understanding different types of personalities, attendees will come away with methods for better conversations. 9 to 10 a.m. Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, 118 N. Market St., Suite 200, Frederick. Registration required. Call 301-667-3915, email Lisa@LeadershipTechniquesLLC.com or go to www.leadershiptechniquesllc.com/chamber-series/.

Generation Connect series: Personal brand

Wednesday, March 6 — Generation Connect will host an education event, part of the year-long educational series on developing as a young professional. This event is for anyone who is just graduating from college, new in their career or making that career shift in life. Jon-Mikel Bailey of Wood Street Inc., will guide you through how to establish your own personal brand. 5 to 6 p.m. Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, 118 N. Market St., Suite 200, Frederick. $10 for Frederick Chamber of Commerce members; $15 for nonmembers. Call 301-662-4164, email info@frederickchamber.org or go to www.frederickchamber.org.

Combining Your Passions: Creating A Portfolio Career

Wednesday, March 6 — Join this mentoring circle to discuss, cultivate and share strategies for obtaining and pursuing new job prospects. Led by Ashley Waters. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Federated Charities, 22 S. Market St., Frederick. Registration required. Call 814-883-8485, email ashleywatersdpa@gmail.com or go to www.ashley-waters.com.

Washington County Farmers Market Meet and Greet

Wednesday, March 6 — The Washington County Department of Business Development will be hosting a meet and greet to prepare for the upcoming 2019 Farmers Market season. This event will bring together managers of local farmers markets to meet with farmers and vendors who are looking to sell their products at farmers markets across Washington County. All local and regional farmers, vendors, producers and artisans are encouraged to attend. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Washington County Agricultural Education Center, Front Conference Room, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro. Call 240-313-2284 or email lhart@washco-md.net.

How to Win Customers and Reduce Lost Sales

Thursday, March 7 — Award winning speaker and customer service expert, Bill Drury, will present an action packed half-day workshop where you'll discover the secrets of customer loyalty and acquire the skills to help you dazzle customers. Learn proven strategies and techniques to keep customers coming back. Learn how to turn tough situations into future sales opportunities. 8 to 11:30 a.m. Hagerstown Community College, Career Programs Building, Rooms 211/213, 11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown. $129 for Washington County Chamber of Commerce members; $159 for nonmembers. Seating limited. Registration required. Call 814-883-8485, email ashleywatersdpa@gmail.com or go to www.ashley-waters.com.

Résumé Review

Thursday, March 7 — Are you getting results with your current résumé? A certified professional résumé writer will review your résumé and give you suggestions on ways to improve it. You need to bring a current résumé with you and you must have completed the Résumé Builder workshop in Maryland's Workforce Exchange to take advantage of this service. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Washington County American Job Center, 14 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Call 301-393-8200 or go to www.dllr.state.md.us/county/wash.

Résumé ABC's

Friday, March 8 — Learn how to write a résumé. In this workshop the instructor guides you through the résumé writing process from beginning to end. 9 to 10 a.m. Washington County American Job Center, 14 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Call 301-393-8200 or go to www.dllr.state.md.us/county/wash.

WEST VIRGINIA Business Over Breakfast: Cybersecurity

Tuesday, March 5 — The Bank of Charles Town and @RISK Technologies Inc. are hosting this cybersecurity symposium for business leaders and IT decision-makers. Sean O'Brien, @RISK's CEO and founder, will share insights into cyber threats currently challenging companies and how you can optimize the capabilities you already own by measuring and plugging the gaps in your network before adversaries have a chance to exploit them. Breakfast is included. 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Hilton Garden Inn, 65 Priority Drive, Martinsburg. Call 304-728-2470 or email bdecker@mybct.com.

Rise and Shine

Friday, March 8 — Join the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce members for breakfast, networking and a presentation by Stacie Rohn, Chief Professional Officer of the Boys and Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle. 7:15 to 9 a.m. Holiday Inn Martinsburg, 301 Foxcroft Ave., Martinsburg. $15 for Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce members; $25 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Call 304-267-4841, email chamber@berkeleycounty.org or go to www.berkeleycounty.org.

Items may be submitted for this weekly calendar by mail to the Herald-Mail Media Co., ATTN: Business Calendar, P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741; by fax to 301-714-0245; or by email to news@herald-mail.com.

Black Entrepreneurs: Win $50000 In 2019 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest - Black Enterprise

Posted: 20 Feb 2019 12:00 AM PST

As you know, black entrepreneurs face tough challenges when it comes to acquiring capital to grow their business. If you're looking for funding for your small business, check out this chance to win a grant — and get exposure for your business at the same time.

The 2019 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is offering a total of over $220,000 in grants and prizes. Imagine what you could do for your business! And since everyone knows how busy entrepreneurs are, you can enter in just four simple steps:

1. Write the story of your business. What was your inspiration to start it? What are your products and services? What possibilities would a grant open up for you?

2. Gather photos and your logo. Choose images that capture the spirit of your business.

3. Create a short video. Describe your business in a one-minute pitch.

4. Get out the vote! Once you've entered, you'll be able to share a link to your contest profile across your social networks and with fans and customers. Votes will be one of many factors in selecting winners.

FedEx will award 10 prizes:

  • Grand Prize (1 winner): $50,000, plus $7,500 in FedEx Office print and business services
  • Silver Prize (1 winner): $30,000, plus $5,000 in FedEx Office print and business services
  • Bronze Prize (8 winners): $15,000, plus $1,000 in FedEx Office print and business services

Find contest rules and details, and submit your entry at fedex.com/grantcontest. The last day to enter is March 25, 2019.

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Business briefs - Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Posted: 02 Mar 2019 11:15 PM PST

Good Morning Cedar Valley set

WATERLOO — The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber will host Good Morning Cedar Valley, a quarterly networking breakfast for investors/members March 14. The event will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center Hawkeye Community College, 120 Jefferson St., Waterloo.

The March program will include briefings on current events by Cedar Falls Mayor Jim Brown, Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart, a representative Black Hawk County Supervisor representative, and the Alliance & Chamber's CEO, Cary Darrah. Each breakfast attracts more than 150 investors.

There is no cost to attend. RSVP deadline is Thursday. For more information or to RSVP contact Bette Wubbena at bwubbena@cedarvalleyalliance.com or by calling 232-1156.

Station named awards finalist

CEDAR FALLS – KCVM-FM (93.5 The Mix) has been named a finalist for the 32nd annual NAB Crystal Radio Awards. The National Association of Broadcasters announced the 50 finalists for the award last week.

Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Among the efforts noted for KCVM in their nomination is their Magical Mix Kids, a 501 (C3) charity run through the station that takes chronic and terminally ill children to Disney World each year.

Winners will be announced and the finalists honored at the We Are Broadcasters Celebration, held Tuesday, April 9 during the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

FedEx launches grant contest

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — FedEx Corp. has announced the launch of its seventh annual Small Business Grant contest.

This year, the contest offers grants and services to 10 U.S. based small businesses, distributing a collective prize pool of $220,500 — the largest sum since the contest was established in 2012. In addition to the grants, winners will also receive an additional dollar amount in credit to use towards FedExOffice print and business services to help run their businesses, as well as packages designed to help them with website optimization, design thinking, social media, and print expertise. Specifically, the 2019 FedEx Small Business Grant

The 2018 contest garnered nearly 665,000 votes and attracted more than 7,800 candidates from across the United States. Grand Prize winner Rumi Spice, a small Chicago-based business that sources and brings to market premier saffron from the fields of Afghanistan, was founded by former Army officer Keith Alaniz and two friends who, while serving in the war-torn country, realized the need to provide economic alternatives to opium farming for the Afghan people.

The 2019 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is open to U.S.-based for-profit small businesses that have less than 99 employees and have been 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 through March 25, with voting to take place from now until April 1. Following a judging period, winners will be announced April 29 at www.fedex.com/grantcontest.

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