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Member businesses compete in FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is back, and this Memphis-based company is awarding $50,000 worth of grants to ten businesses. Small businesses with fewer than 100 employees compete for these grants by being voted on by Facebook users.

Voting takes place between now and February 23, and the grand prize winner will receive a $25,000 grant, four first place winners will receive $5,000 and five second place winners will each receive $1,000.

The Greater Memphis Chamber is proud to have seven member businesses competing in the contest: The Elite Marketing Bureau, K’PreSha, The New Tri-State Defender, Mid-South Drug Testing, Phillip Ashley Chocolates, Prodigi Arts and Signal Flow PR. Learn a little more about each below, and click on their links to go vote for them today.

The Elite Marketing Bureau

This small business development and marketing firm serves small businesses through counseling, resource assistance and marketing. The company serves others by helping them pursue and execute their professional dreams and aspirations.

The Elite Marketing Bureau would use the grant money to execute their plans to launch the Mid-South Small Business Movement with the objective to provide small business owners and entrepreneurs with an opportunity to take their business endeavors to a whole new level.

Vote for the Elite Marketing Bureau here


This local fashion boutique caters to the selling and promotion of all things local: clothing, accessories and body products. This boutique has been used as a catalyst to help designers, aspiring musical artists, entertainers and non-profit organizations.

K’Presha would use the money to invest in advertisement and promotion, creating a significant impact on the business and the community. The boutique currently has over 15 local vendors, and many of the dollars spent here go back into the Memphis local economy.

Vote for K’Presha here

The New Tri-State Defender

This media outlet has been a long-trusted source of information, inspiration and influence, primarily serving the Greater Memphis community. This company defines success as the ability to inform, inspire and elevate the quality of life for their readers and the communities they serve.

The New Tri-State Defender would use the money to enhance their technology, invest in their employees and expand their print circulations. Some examples include enhancing their mobile app, improving their website and digital platforms and strenghthening their community service events. 

Vote for The New Tri-State Defender here.

Mid-South Drug Testing

This business is committed to convenience by offering on-site and in-house testing, including drug, alcohol and DNA tests 24/7. They wish to make it easier for businesses and individuals to get the information they need more directly. 

Mid-South Drug Testing would use the grant money to purchase their own location and be their own landlord. They would rent out the other part of the building to help pay off business loans. And they plan on creating a room exclusively for employee children to be used when school is out, they are sick or daycare is closed.

Vote for Mid-South Drug Testing here

Phillip Ashley Chocolates

This Midtown boutique specializes in handcrafting the most vibrant, innovative designer chocolates. With flavors like the award-winning Sweet Potato, Ashley considers himself the modern-day “Willy Wonka,” making chocolate daring, bold and breaking the conventional rules of creation. He wants his chocolates to tell stories. 

Ashley plans on using the grant money to create Memphis’ first “chocolate bar,” where they would serve flights of chocolate paired with gorgeous wines, whiskeys, creative cocktails, espresso and sipping chocolate. Ashley said this would take his store to a new level of imagination.

Vote for Phillip Ashley Chocolates here.

Prodigi Arts

This production studio elevates brands and their relevancy in our idea-saturated, digital world through animation, live action video and image-based design. Started in 2008, this team of emerging digital artists produce motion-based content for clients’ marketing and entertainment campaigns. 

Prodigi Arts plans to use the grant money to extend opportunities to other digital artists to retain local talent and to produce an extensive, visually magnificent campaign for a non-profit or community initiative that would otherwise not be able to afford their services because of constrained marketing budgets. 

Vote for Prodigi Arts here.

Signal Flow PR

This boutique media firm provides publicity and marketing services for independent musicians and music businesses. This firm defines success as every musician who chooses to stay in Memphis and keep our music scene and night life vibrant. 

Signal Flow PR would use the grant to invest in Memphis music in two ways. First, it would create a showcase style event at a major music festival to showcase Memphis artists on an international stage. Secondly, it would create a series of small grants to offer pro-bono services in branding, marketing and publicity to talented, independent artists who lack funds to get to the next step.

Vote for Signal Flow PR here

Support your local businesses by voting for them today and sharing about their efforts through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus. Tweet us @MemphisChamber to let us know who you’re voting for!

-- Jenny Fish

Prodigi Arts
Thanks for the support Greater Memphis Chamber! We really appreciate the feature and all the guidance you give us throughout the year!

Don't forget to vote everyone!
2/18/2014 9:06:59 AM

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