FED EX Small Business Grant Competition

By now i think i have told the entire world several times over that we were accepted for competition for a small business grant from Fedex!!!  If you can peel away the veneer of this printed page you would see a very excited and determined Steve and Barb.  We believe the time is right, and we are ready for this challenge.  We have a solid business plan, good stable growth history, and a plan for the next steps.

So What is the FedEx Small Business Grant Competition?  Good question – its an annual contest.  It starts with submitting a basic proposal, several photos and the links to our website, and social media.  If you would like to learn more about the contest here is the link>  We submitted the information requested, and then waited for the email response that we were accepted (or not).  Friday evening i was sitting at a fish fry with Steve and our neighbors, and decided to check email – there it was:  “Congratulations, Your entry has been approved”

Current Phase:  Get as many votes as you can by March 31, 2017.  The top 100 vote getting companies will go on to compete for the next step, a video presentation.  From there Fedex will narrow it down and choose the winners by end of April.

How can you help us?  We need your votes – you can vote daily once per email address…. and we encourage you to come back daily to vote for us.  The more votes we get, the more opportunity to win.   Here is the link:

fedex-banner  <-click the photo to vote

And how will we use the grant if we win?

  • purchase larger soap mold systems
  • professional soap stamper with our custom logo.
  • professional soap cutter
  • lye tank
  • dye cut for box packaging
  • improved print materials  (labels, post cards, business cards, inventory material, marketing products)
  • a laptop and printer for the studio

When we closed our books for 2016 we determined that our growth was consistent over the life of our business.  Each year we have at least doubled the gross income each year over the previous.  2016 growth was 2.25 times growth over 2015.  As many of you will know, we felt that increased growth and by Christmas we knew that we will need to consider bringing on help soon.  Growth is great… and we feel positioned for success.  Winning the grant will make it more sure.

Thank you in advance for your help!  We value your support and encouragement.  Your Vote Counts!!!!

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