September 30, 2014

Would You Like to Win a Grant for Your Small Business?

Small Business United - win a grant for your small businessThe Small Business United competition is giving away grants totalling $315,000 to 50 entrepreneurs. 

Will you be one of the 50 finalists who gets a grant of $5,000 each, plus other goodies?  Or even one of the two final round winners to receive $10,000 and $25,000?

You have until March 23, 2009 to get involved in the first phase of this competition.  All you have to do is share a true-life story that happened in your business and include an advice tip for other business owners.  You can write it out in text.  Then you enter it at the Small Business United site.

After the initial entries are in, a panel of judges will choose 50 finalists, who will receive $5,000 each plus a Flip video camera, before going on to the final round.  I’m one of those judges, and I’m thrilled to be up there with the other esteemed judges, including John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing, Becky McCray of Small Biz Survival, and Donna Ettenson of the Association for Small Business Development Centers

This competition is put on by Intuit, a huge supporter of small businesses.  Looks like it will be lots of fun and could give your business a nice boost if you are one of the finalists and/or final round winners.

Please submit your entry at the Small Business United site (not here at Small Business Trends).  Remember, over 50 entrepreneurs will win something valuable.  As always, be sure to cross the t’s and dot the i’s by checking the official rules.

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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. anita, when do you find time to be a judge with everything you do? You are an inspiration to the rest of us. walt

  2. Good luck! :)

    I look forward to become an American resident again so I could participate in all these fun activities! :)

  3. This is a great way for them to get FREE ideas with no compensation to the author. In the “Agreement”

    UPLOADING A SUBMISSION IN THIS CONTEST CONSTITUTES ENTRANT’S IRREVOCABLE ASSIGNMENT, CONVEYANCE AND TRANSFERENCE TO SPONSOR OF ANY AND ALL RIGHT, TITLE AND INTEREST IN ALL ELEMENTS OF THE SUBMISSION INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ALL COPYRIGHTS.

    Including Copyrights?

  4. Ray,

    It is just a true to life story and tips, it isn’t a business idea though.

    In cases like this, we should just always remember that there are risks in everything we do. It’s either we step forward for growth or step back for safety. It’s all up to us. :)

  5. Risk? No, it’s about ownership.

    Why on earth if this is only about “tips” would Intuit require you to give up all ownership of the idea.

    Requiring you to give up a Copyright?

    There’s a big difference between sharing and demanding ownership.

    BTW the ALL CAPS was theirs, I didn’t change it.

  6. Hi Ray,

    That’s standard for any kind of contest. The material is being uploaded on their site and it will be used in connection with promotional efforts.

    If they are giving away money, they aren’t going to want people coming back later and claiming a violation of a copyright.

    Anita

  7. Maybe I’m being too sensitive about this. i.e. Facebook’s TOS
    change and turnabout.

    And I understand lawyers are always involved.

    You have to admit that the Ad “Share and Win” isn’t very accurate.

    Does this blog now own this comment?

  8. Hi Ray,

    Fortunately, this site will not own comments submitted by the user/reader. You can check it here — http://smallbiztrends.com/terms.htm

    Don’t worry Ray about being too sensitive on the topic, as a reader of this site too, I believe Anita and all other experts here already knew the sense of freedom from its readers to express their thoughts. You are just expressing yours.

    With regards to the contest, the risk I am referring to is the ownership you are trying to point out. Also, if the user does not agree with the terms then just simply not join the contest. :)

  9. Yes, Rose is correct that on this site (Small Business Trends) you retain ownership of your comment. However, you do grant a royalty-free license to Small Business Trends for the use of your comment.

    — Anita

  10. Didn’t mean to hijack the comments but thanks for the response(s).

    Now back to your regularly scheduled comments… :)

  11. Anita – thanks for the post and for judging! We are thrilled about the opportunity to provide $300K+ in grants to folks running businesses today.

    Ray – thanks for the feedback on the terms. I will definitely share with our legal counsel.

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