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FedEx Initiative to Assist 150 Small Businesses in Improving E-Commerce

  • Fed-Ex E-Commerce Learning Lab will help 150 small businesses to develop or expand their e-commerce offerings
  • Participants will take part in workshops and receive coaching, technical assistance, and $2,000 grants
  • Application details will be released in June and the program will begin in September

Summary by Dirk Langeveld

FedEx has announced that it will choose 150 small businesses to participate in its E-Commerce Learning Lab, which will help entrepreneurs develop or expand their e-commerce offerings as part of their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is being developed in collaboration with the Accion Opportunity Fund, a nonprofit organization assisting small businesses with access to capital, networking, and coaching.

The program will offer a series of workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions with e-commerce experts, technical assistance in establishing online marketplaces, and support with various other e-commerce tasks such as customer service and managing orders. Participants will also receive a $2,000 grant to support their efforts to grow their e-commerce.

  • The program will have a special focus on entrepreneurs who are women and people of color
  • Participants must have an existing and active e-commerce process, currently produce and sell a packaged product, earn less than $500,000 in annual revenue, and be willing to attend all courses
  • Application details will be released in June, with the program set to begin in September
  • FedEx further plans to launch a series of virtual seminars and on-demand courses on more advanced e-commerce topics, open to all small businesses

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