3 Contests for Entrepreneurs

Small business contest - entrepreneur competitionHave you noticed how popular contests and competitions for business owners and entrepreneurs seem to have become?  Some of the contests offer impressive monetary prizes.  In addition to cash, the contests may also offer valuable services and perks, including business coaching or mentoring, as well as national PR and increased visibility for your business.

Business contests can be a way to get needed startup or expansion funding for your business.  One way to think of a contest is as the equivalent of a private grant that you apply for.  The best part is, unlike with a loan or credit cards, you don’t have to repay the money.  :)

Let me point you to three small business contests going on right now:

  • Intuit’s “Just Start” Startup Story Contest — Offers a $50,000 grand prize (a grant of cash and services) and two $5,000 prizes. Deadline is December 15, 2007. For this contest you tell your story of the business you started or plan to start. (Note: I am serving as one of three judges.)
  • ATG’s e-Commerce Ingenuity Business Plan Competition – ATG is offering a $50,000 prize for a business plan competition, of which e-commerce must be a business-critical component. There is also a $10,000 second “people’s choice” prize. Deadline is January 30, 2008.

With any contest, always read the official rules for eligibility and conditions. 

If you are running a contest and want to see coverage of it here, leave a comment below with details on where to find it. Or send me an email –  contact info here.

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Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses, and also serves as CEO of TweakYourBiz.com.

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  1. Interesting… I am very surprised at the amount these contests are paying out. Winning one of these would make any small business owner very happy!

  2. These contests are wonderful, and a great way to get your business up and running. Best of luck to those of you that enter. Also, There’s this great contest called, “Make your Dreams Come True with Mirassou.” One business women will be awarded $50k, plus a team of highly professional consultants to help kick start their business=D You can check out: http://www.mirassou.com/women_in_business/dreams.asp for more details & to enter! The deadline is Dec. 15 2007. Anyone going to give it a shot? I work with them, so just helping to get the information out! Good luck!

  3. I am offering QuickPlanner Plus for free to anyone who is entering a business planning contest. Email me at matsonian@yahoo.com for more information.

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