The 2017 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is now open. The contest, now in its fifth year, doles out $120,500 in total prizes to 10 small businesses based in the United States with fewer than 99 employees. Eligible companies can apply through March 29.
“Small businesses play a vital role in our economy and this is just one of the many ways FedEx helps passionate small business owners achieve their dreams of growth and success,” said Bonnie Voldeng, director of Go-to-Market and Content Strategy at FedEx, in a news release.
Last year's grand prize winner was Ginjan Bros., which brings to market traditional African drinks. The business is run by two brothers original from West Africa.
“Being recognized like this means the world,” said Mohammed Diallo of Ginjan Bros. “Something like this — winning a grant like this — could only happen in America. We are living the American dream right now.”
Participants must visit www.fedex.com/grantcontest to enter. Following a judging period, winners will be announced on April 25.