Here is the latest list of contests, sweepstakes, and awards for growing companies. This listing is updated every two weeks and brought to you as a community service by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com.
Enter by November 30, 2009
Deluxe will randomly award a $10,000 gift certificate from Target Commercial Interiors featuring HON furniture and a $5,000 DeluxeBucks gift certificate to use toward logo and Web site design, promotional products and additional marketing and branding solutions. Ten second-place winners will receive $500 DeluxeBucks gift certificates. More information here.
Enter by: November 30, 2009
TCBY (the frozen yogurt stores) is holding a competition to give away a brand new TCBY franchise store for FREE. To enter you must:
- Create a video up to 2 minutes long indicating why you should win a TCBY store.
- Complete the application form and submit it with your video.
- Legal residents of the U.S. who are 21 and older are eligible to participate.
Elance Contest: What Does “The New Way To Work” Mean To You?
Enter by: December 7, 2009
This contest from Elance is a chance for contract professionals to show the world their best stuff and win a grand prize of $10,000. If you’re a writer, write a story that tells how you are a part of the “new way to work”. If you’re a graphic designer, design something. Developer? Create an app. Finalists will be chosen by December 7, 2009. Rules and entry instructions are on the Elance blog.
NYC BigApps Competition
Enter by: 5:00pm EST December 8, 2009
The NYC BigApps Competition will reward the developers of the most useful, inventive, appealing, effective, and commercially viable applications for delivering information from the City of New York’s NYC.gov Data Mine to interested users. Winners will be chosen for best overall application – including a grand prize – as well as an investor’s choice winner, a data visualization winner and city talent winner. In addition, the public will be able to choose their own “popular choice” winners through NYCBigApps.com. All the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in January and will receive a total of $20,000 in cash prizes plus dinner with Mayor Bloomberg. The competition is open to individuals, start-up companies and nonprofits with fewer than 50 employees.
Ends December 16, 2009
When you’re traveling this holiday season, you can enjoy free WiFi at 47 participating airports and on every Virgin America flight. Just bring a WiFi-enabled laptop or mobile device and stay connected to family and friends for free while you travel now through January 15, 2010.
Photo Contest – Win cool prizes
Through December 16, 2009, Google wants to know how you use technology (including free WiFi) to stay connected. Submit your best “staying connected” photo and caption to be entered to win ten round-trip tickets on Virgin America, a Motorola Droid with a two-year Nationwide Select plan or a Canon SX200 IS digital camera! Here are some ideas to get started:
- Show how you stay connected in an out-of-the-way or interesting place
- Showhow technology has helped you form a new connection or keep an old one strong
- Get creative and show what staying connected with technology means to you
The 50 best entries will be posted on freeholidaywifi.com from December 24th to December 31st for the public to vote on their favorites.
Enter by December 18, 2009
The DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award winner will be presented with a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Sam’s Club®. Nominate an outstanding business from your community – or start an application for your own business today for the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award.
Nominations are due December 18 and applications are due January 15. Information on eligibility, award criteria, levels of recognition, and the program timeline is listed below and available in a printer friendly format here.
Enter by December 18, 2009
The New York Public Library (“NYPL”) and the Citigroup Foundation are sponsoring the first annual New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition for New York-based startup entrepreneurs with cash prizes totaling over $28,000. The New York StartUp! Business Plan Competition gives aspiring entrepreneurs an opportunity to compete for the top prize, while learning about the comprehensive small business resources at NYPL’s Science, Industry and Business Library (“SIBL”). StartUP! is a competition for legal residents of Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island who aim to start a business based in one of these three boroughs. Visit New York Public Library here for competition details, dates, and entry requirements.
Enter by: December 31, 2009
Winner receives fully-furnished and equipped workspace at one of Regus’ 18 New York City locations, for 12 months.
Entries will be accepted through December 31st, 2009. There is no purchase necessary to enter. To be eligible for consideration, contestants can fill out an entry form online or at participating Regus locations.
Enter by: January 5, 2010
As part of the Holiday in a Bag promotion Campaigner is offering a “bag of tools” including holiday email templates and graphics, holiday e-cards, and 100 tips for holiday marketing. They are also offering a drawing for a day of free marketing consultation from Campaigner marketing experts. Sign-up online before January 5, 2010 for the chance to win.
Enter by: January 11, 2010
Winning Workplaces and Inc. Magazine are seeking compelling examples of organizations with outstanding cultures for the 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces competition. The winners will be featured in the June 2010 issue of Inc. Magazine. To be eligible, the organization must be:
- North American based; For Profit; Privately Held
- Independent, not part of a larger corporation
- Have no more than $500 million in annual revenue
- Employ no more than 750 people (full-time equivalents, exempt and non-exempt)
- Have been in business at least three years by January 11, 2010
- Not a past Winning Workplaces award winner
Enter by: January 15, 2010
The “Make Mine a Million $ Business” competition is for businesses organized and doing business in the United States that are at least 50% owned by a woman, who want to grow the business to $1 Million or more in revenue in the next 12 to 18 months.
All applicants who are selected as Finalists must attend the Make Mine a Million event at their own expense and be willing to participate in the coaching program, related public relations events, and promotions for the Make Mine a Million $ Business program and its sponsors and other partners.
Applications for the Make Mine a Million $ Business program are screened by Count Me In staff and a team of banking and financial professionals selected by Count Me In. Applicants with the highest ratings will be selected as Finalists.
At the event, each Finalist will make a three-minute presentation of their business, their qualifications, and how they would benefit from the Program. This elevator pitch is given in front of a live audience and a panel of qualified judges selected by Count Me In. The judges, with input from the audience vote, will select which of the Finalists should be named as award recipients.
Intuit’s Love a Local Business Contest
Enter by March 3, 2010
In a nationwide effort to help support the growth of small businesses, Intuit is hosting the “Love a Local Business” sweepstakes. Fans of local small businesses can nominate their favorite hometown haunt, which will make them eligible for a drawing to win a $1,000 Intuit Growth Grant, which includes a $500 Visa gift card and $500 in Intuit business services, such as Intuit Websites and Web Listings. One of those five winning local businesses will receive a grand prize of $5,000!
In addition, each business that is nominated will appear on a custom Google Map displaying favorite businesses from across the country. The more nominations a business has, the more chances they have to win a grant. Intuit has already awarded $55,000 in small business grants, now it’s time to show support for your favorite neighborhood shop! Go to Love a Local Business for more information.
If you are putting on a small business contest, award or competition, and want to get the word out to the community, please email the details to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find other small business awards, contests, competitions and grants, visit our Small Business Events Calendar.
Please note: The descriptions provided here are for convenience only and are NOT the official rules. ALWAYS read official rules carefully at the site holding the competition, contest or award.