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FedEx Supports Canadian Small Businesses with Launch of #SupportSmall Initiative

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New Program to Replace Annual Small Business Grant Contest in 2020

FedEx Express Canada (CNW Group/FedEx Express Canada)
FedEx Express Canada (CNW Group/FedEx Express Canada)

MISSISSAUGA, ON , June 10, 2020 /CNW/ - 2020 is not a year for usual contests. It is the year to mobilize resources and to help as quickly as possible. That is why FedEx Express Canada, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (FDX) announced today the launch of its #SupportSmall grant initiative. The program will distribute prize money normally allocated for the company's highly anticipated annual Canadian Small Business Grant Contest to help small businesses in need.

"These are unprecedented times and Canada's small business community is feeling it the most," said Lisa Lisson , president, FedEx Express Canada. "This is a sector that has built everything from sweat and toil. As Canada's largest employment sector, our small businesses are the backbone of our economy and we are committed to do what we can to protect the dignity and lifelong passion of our entrepreneurs and their employees. This initiative is but one small measure in which FedEx is here to help."

The program will award CAD $5,000 to 30 Canadian small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. The entry period will run from June 10, 2020 , until June 30, 2020 . Whether a business is looking to refresh its business model, shift to selling and shipping online, replenish inventory, or simply pay monthly expenses, the grant is aimed at providing Canadian small businesses with additional support to help ease some of the burdens they are facing.

The Details
The #SupportSmall grant initiative is open to Canadian based for-profit small businesses that have 99 or fewer employees and have been in business and selling for more than one year. The new initiative ensures an easy and simple application process. Further, there will be no restrictions placed on the grant recipients as to how they choose to allocate the funds.

How to Enter
To apply, applicants can visit fedex.com/en-ca/small-business/support-small-grants, to enter basic business information (name, location, contact, website and social media handle) and answer a series of questions relating to how COVID-19 has impacted their business.

The grant entry period is open now through June 30, 2020 . Grant recipients who are selected will be notified via email late-July 2020 . Full details on how to apply, eligibility requirements as well as the official terms and conditions and FAQs can be found at fedex.com/en-ca/small-business/support-small-grants.

No purchase necessary. Must be age of majority. Mathematical skill testing question required. Maximum 1 application per business entity.

Further Resources
Small business owners can always access the FedEx Small Business Centre to see FedEx's solutions and support offerings to help navigate the effects of COVID-19. The FedEx Small Business COVID-19 Resources page has additional resource information to help business owners navigate running a small company during the COVID-19 pandemic.

About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenue of $70 billion , the company offers integrated business solutions through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 475,000 team members to remain focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit about.fedex.com.

FedEx Express Canada (CNW Group/FedEx Express Canada)
FedEx Express Canada (CNW Group/FedEx Express Canada)

SOURCE FedEx Express Canada


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