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Meet the 2019 winners

Meet the 2019 winners

FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

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Grant contest

The 8th annual FedEx Small Business Grant Contest has ended. We awarded more than $250,000 to 12 businesses across the U.S. Learn more about the 2020 winners.

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We meet a lot of entrepreneurs on their business journey and have great conversations about what it's really like running a small business. The Making It Work podcast lets you be a fly on the wall while a team of savvy entrepreneurs share techniques and best practices with our small business support team.

Get inspired by their success

A photo of Justin Li and J.D. Willcox  from Qore Performance with one of their products

Qore Performance

Meet the innovative company that’s using ice to help military, law enforcement, and civilians alike reach peak levels of performance.

DISCOVER THEIR COOL MISSION
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DetraPel

As a high school student, David wanted a better way to keep his sneakers clean. So he invented a nontoxic solution to protect sneakers and other fabrics.

MEET THE INVENTOR
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Enbois Originals

A brilliant dorm room idea to create handmade quality accessories has turned into a successful company with an environmental focus.

SEE THE JOURNEY
A photo of Lauren Bercier and Laken Swan, founders of Something Borrowed Blooms

Something Borrowed Blooms

Two cousins set out to transform the wedding industry with affordable and picture-perfect silk floral rental bouquets.

SEE HOW THEIR BUSINESS HAS BLOOMED
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Tall Order

When two tall twins couldn’t find fun, comfortable socks, they took matters into their own hands — and feet.

MEET THE BIG-HEARTED OWNERS
A photo of husband and wife David and Rynn Caputo, from Caputo Brothers Creamery

Caputo Brothers Creamery

Running a food business isn’t easy, but this family-owned business has succeeded by delivering authentic, handmade Italian food and cultural experiences.

SEE THE REWARDS OF THEIR RISKS
A photo of co-founders, Jeff Abella and Ishan Tigunait, from Moka Origins

Moka Origins

Chocolate and coffee do more than satisfy cravings. In rural Africa, they’re helping empower entire farming communities, uplifting them from poverty.

DISCOVER THEIR EMPOWERING STORY
A photo of Neu Inc. Founders, Kwame Boler, Rilwan Lawal and Claudius Mbemba

Neu, Inc.

When three entrepreneurs were faced with challenges surrounding the cleaning of Airbnb rentals, they saw an industry that was ripe for disruption.

LEARN HOW THEY DISRUPTED THINGS
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Purpose

Learn how this subscription box service for older adults is helping combat loneliness within an underserved population.

EXPLORE HOW PURPOSE IS DELIVERING
A photo of Steven Ford and his business partners Brandon Leibel and Bruno Aschidamini, holding up a Sand Cloud towel

Sand Cloud

For three San Diego business partners, creating a best-in-class product that could help make an environmental impact proved to be a vision whose time had come.

See how they help save marine life
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Wear Your Music

Trash was the spark of inspiration that launched Hannah Garrison’s business. Learn how she is using her guitar string bracelet concept to help green the music industry.

DISCOVER HER UNIQUE CONCEPT
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Grand Prize

$50,000 (1 winner)
Plus $7,500 in FedEx Office®
print and business services

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Silver Prize

$30,000 (1 winner)
Plus $5,000 in FedEx Office®
print and business services

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Bronze Prize

$15,000 (10 winner)
Plus $1,000 in FedEx Office®
print and business services