Fed Ex is giving away 10 small business grants. You can vote daily Through Feb. 23, 2014. I think this is a great organization that is helping veterans and autistic children. Scott Dewey, who was a field trial pro, left a successful business to start this organization. They have a banner at the bottom of RTF.
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Retrieving Freedom, Inc.
We are a 501c3 Non Profit charitable organization that trains service dogs for disabled Veterans and children with Autism.
What inspired you to get into the business you are in today?
We have an extensive background in competitive dog training but always felt that there was a greater purpose for these dogs. We live in the greatest country on planet earth protected by the greatest military known to man. Our ability to train these dogs for a greater purpose could not be ignored. These dogs can help disabled veterans re-engage society, help them get through the day, and even save their lives.
How do you define success for yourself and for your business?
Each dog we place helps make a disabled Veteran or a family living with Autism's day to day life easier to manage. With military suicides reaching epidemic levels with as many as 22 or more a day. If a trained service dog could help save a Veterans life or help a family with an Autistic child ease situations that arise throughout the course of the day, I cant imagine a more successful career.
How would you use the FedEx SMB Grant money to make a significant impact on your business and/or on others?
Being a non-profit, we are not able to produce these service dogs without the generosity of the public & the help of companies like Fed-X. The cost of one trained service dog is upwards of $25K. The avg person already living on a fixed income in many situations could not afford this kind of out of pocket expense. We had to be a non-profit in order to solicit grants as well as public & private donations. This grant would help offset the production costs associated w/ the dogs in training.