We've said this before, and we'll gladly say it again: Black women are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the United States. This seems as good a time as any to insert that infamous Nene Leakes gif. 

Despite the harsh challenges such as lack of representation, lack of mentorship, and lack of access to capital funding, Black entrepreneurs are still out here overcoming obstacles and making significant strides in the business world. We're talking about you, sis — we see you!

If you're looking for funding for your small business, FedEx just announced the launch of its seventh annual Small Business Grant Contest. This year, the contest is offering over $220,000 in grants and services to 10 American-based small businesses. 

As Business Wire reports, Senior Vice President of Customer Channel Marketing at FedEx, Scott Harkins, revealed in a press release:

"We know it’s difficult for even the most promising of small businesses to grow and scale, especially at the beginning of their lifecycle. 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." – Scott Harkins, Business Wire reports. 

How To Enter

Visit FedEx's Small Business Grant Contest website, and follow these steps:

1. Share the story of your business. What inspired you to start? What products and services do you offer? How would you use the grant money to make a significant impact on your business? 

2. Upload 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 with your fans and customers. According to FedEx, these votes will be one of many factors in selecting winners.


The final day to enter your small business is March 25, 2019

It's important to apply sooner rather than later sis, because the voting period will begin on February 27, 2019, and end on April 1, 2019. 

Following the voting period, FedEx will announce the top 100 semi-finalists on April 5, 2019. 

Finally, the top 10 winners will be announced on April 29, 2019. 


The 2019 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest prize packages include:

  • – 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

For More Information

To learn more about FedEx's Small Business Grant Contest, head over to FedEx's Small Business Grant website. Good luck, boss woman! Sending you nothing but positive vibes. 

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