FedEx Launches Eighth Annual Small Business Grant Contest

Business Wire | January 28, 2020

today announced the launch of its eighth annual Small Business Grant Contest. This year, the contest offers grants and services to 12 U.S.- based small businesses, distributing a collective prize pool of more than $250,000. Winners also receive FedEx Office® print and business services credit to help support their small business. In addition, they join a community of small businesses that offer peer insights. The 2020 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest prize packages include: New this year, one of the winners will be recognized with the “Veteran-Owned Business Honor” as part of the company’s commitment to help U.S. military veterans as they transition to civilian life. As in past years, one of the Bronze prize winners will receive the “Entrepreneur Choice Award,” a distinction bestowed by the FedEx Entrepreneur Advisory Board, which is comprised of former grant winners and small business owners from around the country.

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Cybercrime is increasing at epidemic proportions, from consumers, to SMB organizations to large enterprises. According to avtest.org, an independent service provider of anti-virus research, more malware was found in the past two years than in the previous 10 years combined. From 2013 to 2014, new malware jumped just over 71 percent from 83M to 142M new strains being introduced. And it turns out Small to Medium Business (SMB) organizations are becoming the cybercriminal’s “sweet spot”. Large enterprise organizations have highly valued information that cybercriminals like to go after, however, larger businesses typically have significant budgets and resources to achieve a high level of protection. Consumers on the other hand, have lower value information for attackers, yet they also have a low level of protection.

Spotlight

Cybercrime is increasing at epidemic proportions, from consumers, to SMB organizations to large enterprises. According to avtest.org, an independent service provider of anti-virus research, more malware was found in the past two years than in the previous 10 years combined. From 2013 to 2014, new malware jumped just over 71 percent from 83M to 142M new strains being introduced. And it turns out Small to Medium Business (SMB) organizations are becoming the cybercriminal’s “sweet spot”. Large enterprise organizations have highly valued information that cybercriminals like to go after, however, larger businesses typically have significant budgets and resources to achieve a high level of protection. Consumers on the other hand, have lower value information for attackers, yet they also have a low level of protection.

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