Ladybugs pursues grant

Ladybugs Boutique co-owner Alexis Cain appears on the voting page for the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest that ends Monday. Ladybugs entered the contest in hopes of securing $50,000 for the revitalization of downtown Murray. 

MURRAY— The revitalization of downtown Murray is the idea behind one of the businesses on the city’s court square pursuing a large grant from the Federal Express shipping firm.

Ladybugs Boutique has entered the competition for the FedEx Small Business Grant that will send $50,000 to the winner. Ladybugs co-owner Camme Cain said it is her belief that as many as 108 Kentucky businesses are in this competition, which depends on votes on a website.

The deadline to vote is Monday. 

“This was kind of a very-last-minute thing,” said Cain, who said that the store’s other co-owner, her daughter Alexis, is at the center of the store’s campaign. “If you look on the site of the competition, her picture appears on our page.

“We figured, ‘Why not?’ We’re as worthy of wining this as much as anybody else.’ So people began sharing it on Instagram and our Facebook page to tell people what it’s about.”

If Ladybugs wins, all of the money will go to a project to benefit downtown Murray’s revitalization. 

“That’s money that can be used to perhaps help start a new business downtown,” Camme said. “With our store being downtown, we’re of the attitude that what helps one store can help everyone, and we really believe that’s the case.

“A lot of people can benefit from this.”

Camme said access to the voting site is best available by going through the store’s Facebook page. She said that for some reason, the link to the voting page responds better as opposed to typing in the link or producing it in the address bar. That link is smallbusinessgrant.fedex.com.

Once voting concludes Monday, Camme said that will begin a waiting process. She said she has learned that the top 100 campaigns will be selected on April 5, which will begin a judging period that will last through April 25. 

The Ladybugs Facebook site said that voters are allowed one vote every 24 hours. 

“We appreciate all of the people who have voted for us so far and we hope we can get enough to be in the running for this when voting ends,” Camme said.  

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