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Don't Miss Out On These Top 7 Small Business Grant Contests

Grants represent free money that doesn't have to be repaid, so they are well sought after by small business owners. Many small business grant contests are held every year for qualifying small business. Grants can range from $5,000 all the way up to $100,000. Don't miss out on these top 7 small business grant contests.

Top 7 small business grant contests

#1 - FedEx Small Business Grant Contest offers a first place cash prize of $25,000, plus print and business services of $7500. Other prizes are reserved for the Silver and Bronze winners. Eligible businesses must be in the United States, with between 1 and 99 employees on the payroll.

#2 - Shopify Build a Business is for privately-held companies with annual sales between $1 million and $50 million who sell online and are already on (or planning the move to) the Shopify platform. Winners receive a 5-day business getaway in Fiji with business expert and mentor Tony Robbins plus $1 million worth of “marketing architecture.”

#3 - US Chamber of Commerce Dream Big Award is open to top small businesses across the country. Ten Blue Ribbon winners and 7 regional finalists are honored at the Annual America’s Small Business Summit. The grand prize winner will receive the Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award and $10,000.

#4 - InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge is sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA). Winners at local competitions advance to the semi-finals, from which 10 finalists will get selected. Finalists pitch their ideas to an expert panel in competition for three awards and prize money totaling $70,000.

#5 - The Arch Grants Global Startup Competition offers a $50,000 cash grant, as well as many free or discounted business services, mentoring and educational programming. Applicants must be in the St. Louis area or willing to relocate. Preference is given to companies that offer innovative products and services.

#6 - The Miller Lite Tap The Future contest awards finalists the opportunity to pitch Shark Tank’s Daymond John. The winner gets $100,000.

#7 - Small Business Innovator of the Year must fall into one of six business categories: healthcare, retail/wholesale, technology, real estate/home improvement/energy, engineering/manufacturing, or leisure/hospitality. The Grand Prize Winner receives $5,000.


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