“Small businesses represent more than 99 percent of all employer firms. They drive the global economy and are an absolute vital part of the success of larger companies such as FedEx,” said Raj Subramaniam, executive vice president of Global Marketing at FedEx Services. “We are happy to show our support of the small business community by providing grants to help enable their success.”Doing Good with Darn Good Yarn The winner of last year’s Small Business Grant Competition was Darn Good Yarn, a small business based in Sebec, Maine and founded by Nicole Snow in 2008. “The last year has been amazing for my business,” said Nicole Snow, owner and founder of Darn Good Yarn. “The $25,000 grant from FedEx has allowed me to hire more women in Nepal and India, which gives them the means to help support their families while providing me with great product to sell.” Darn Good Yarn sells yarn made from recycled, Earth-friendly materials, much of it created from remnants of the production of silk saris. These materials are handspun and dyed by women’s groups in Northern India and Nepal, who are provided with a marketplace for their products, as well as much-needed wages for their families. All yarns are fairly traded and produced with child-free labor. FedEx . . . Solutions that Matter SM for Small Businesses The FedEx portfolio of services allows small business to gain access to the global marketplace and to shipping, logistics and printing solutions. FedEx has recently introduced two new options that make shipping even easier for small business customers, including:
- FedEx One RateSM, a U.S.-based flat-rate shipping option that combines simplified, predictable pricing with the same reliable delivery and excellent service customers expect from FedEx.
- FedEx Delivery ManagerSM, a service which allows U.S. package recipients to customize home deliveries to fit their schedule.