FedEx Launches Seventh Annual Small Business Grant Contest

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 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 their 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 US.

Over the past seven years, 24,000 businesses have entered the contest in the United States alone. The contest has now grown from one country to eleven countries and the grant pool for the US 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 less than 99 employees and have been operating for six months or more. To enter, participants must visit here 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 Feb. 27 to April 1, 2019.  Following a judging period, winners will be announced on April 29, 2019. Click here to learn more.


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    The final phase of the competition will feature the four finalists making their final pitches to a panel of judges.  The event will serve as the kick-off to the 2014 Small Business Convention that will take place the next two days (October 23 & 24) at Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center in Sandusky.

    An advertising platform that helps colleges recruit more students, a unique storytelling iPad and iPhone app, custom body shape electric guitars, and craft-beer-based donuts are all part of the ideas submitted among the final four competitors in The Council of Smaller Enterprises’ (COSE) fourth annual COSE Business Pitch Competition.  Similar to the concept of the popular ABC reality TV show, Shark Tank, the competition will award $40,000 in prize money to the finalists, with the top winner taking home $20,000.

    The final phase of the competition will feature the four finalists making their final pitches to a panel of judges.  The event will serve as the kick-off to the 2014 Small Business Convention that will take place the next two days (October 23 & 24) at Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center in Sandusky.

    COSE Business Pitch Competition Finale 
    Wednesday, October 22 
    5 to 8 p.m. 
    Kalahari Resorts & Convention Center
    7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky

    The Business Pitch Competition event is open and free to all interested individuals, including those that have registered for the 2014 Small Business Convention. 

    More than 74 aspiring entrepreneurs submitted entries in the competition, consisting of a two-page executive summary and two-minute video pitching their ideas.  A panel of experts reviewed the entries and the top 15 were invited to COSE’s offices on October 7 to make face-to-face pitch presentations to the judges. 

    Out of that phase of the judging, here are the top four finalists that will compete for the top prize:

    • Natalie Bauman – The Digital Mosaic, LLC
      The Digital Mosiac is a unique storytelling app, designed to help people tell their stories one question at a time in an easy-to-use guided format, using webcams to capture the video in short bite-size clips.
    • Shelley Fasulko – Brewnuts  
      Brewnuts combines craft beer and donuts in to one, and makes the food and beer lover’s ultimate guilty pleasure: craft-beer-based donuts.
    • Ryan Schoeneman  – Colby Featherbottom's Custom Sound Machines
      Colby Featherbottom's Custom Sound Machines builds custom body shape electric guitars from their client's own design using CNC robotics, instant cured finishes, and intuitive design software.
    • Eric Vennaro – Consult Mango
      Consult Mango’s objective is to help colleges to recruit more international students through an advertising platform that helps them automatically post sponsored ads and create content on international social media.

    To register, or for more information on the 2014 COSE Business Pitch Competition, logon to www.cose.org/pitch.  If you have questions, please contact Angela Presutti at (216) 592-2385 or apresutti@cose.org.


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    The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Internship Central program is again collaborating with Tri-C to offer GCP members the opportunity to participate as an internship host employer for Tri-C’s 3rd annual Summer Internship Program. There are 90 internship opportunities available and employers can host more than one intern. The program is five to 10 weeks (maximum of 100 hours to be worked) from May 29 to Aug. 10, 2018.

    As an external host employer, the company would be placed with an intern who best matches your needs. Tri-C manages the HR functions of the internship, such as hiring, placement and internship compensation. Students will be compensated by the college at $10 per hour.

    Other benefits to the host employer include:

    • Screening of interns for a 2.0 minimum GPA, active student status and other requirements will be conducted by the College.
    • Speed networking internship fairs (opportunity for employers to interview potential interns) hosted by the College.
    • Students will be considered Cuyahoga Community College employees (on Tri-C’s payroll).
    • Thorough background check and drug screening conducted by the College.

    The host employer is responsible for:

    • Providing supervision, coaching, feedback and support to the intern during the internship period.
    • Providing meaningful work and learning experiences for the intern.
    • Developing and sharing a work plan for the intern, outlining objectives and deliverables throughout the five- or 10-week internship.
    • Providing a workspace and other resources (e.g., access to computer, reference materials, and telephone).
    • Attending ONE of the Internship Fairs. Attending an internship fair is essential because this is where you will meet and interview potential interns and make your top intern selections.
      • Metropolitan Campus (downtown Cleveland) – Friday, March 9, 2018
      • Western Campus (Parma)- Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    Internship host opportunities will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested in hosting a student during summer 2018, please complete the Summer Internship Job Description and return to Angela Finding at afinding@gcpartnership.com by Nov. 20, 2017. For questions regarding the program, call Angela at 216-592-2385.

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    Joe Jurevicius is used to being uncomfortable. He spent 11 NFL seasons (including two with his hometown Cleveland Browns) dealing with all the aches and pains that go along with being a pro football player. But all of those years of football have prepared him for life, post-football. Jurevicius today is co-owner of WashClub Cleveland. Think of it as Uber for the laundry industry.

    Joe Jurevicius is used to being uncomfortable. He spent 11 NFL seasons (including two with his hometown Cleveland Browns) dealing with all the aches and pains that go along with being a pro football player.

    But all of those years of football have prepared him for life, post-football. Jurevicius today is co-owner of WashClub Cleveland. Think of it as Uber for the laundry industry.

    And how, exactly, did football prepare Jurevicius for his new career?

    “You know you’re going to get hit, your body aches. All those things go along with playing the game of pro football,” the former Super Bowl winner says, in thinking back to his football career. “And in the business world, it’s uncomfortable for me because I played football for so long and I didn’t have a business background. So, being uncomfortable almost comes natural. I’m not afraid of it.”

    Learn more about WashClub Cleveland here.

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