December 20, 2014

Contests and Competitions for Growing Businesses

Don’t miss out – there are quite a few entry deadlines coming up in December and January in our list of contests, sweepstakes and competitions for entrepreneurs and small businesses. This listing is updated every two weeks and brought to you as a community service by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com.

google-wifiGoogle Free Airport WiFi and Photo Contest

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
  • Show how 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.

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uschamberDREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award

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.

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.

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smallbizheader_01New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition

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.

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network-solutions12 Days of Business Tips Holiday Sweepstakes

Through December 25, 2009

Enter to win daily prizes when you participate in the Twelve Days of Business Tips Holiday Sweepstakes by Network Solutions. Enter by one of 3 methods: submit a blog comment on the Network Solutions blog; tweet a tip using the hashtag #nsBizTip; or fan their Facebook page and post a wall comment.

Full rules and long list of daily prizes here.

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Regus Win an Office SweepstakesRegus Win an Office Sweepstakes: One Year of Manhattan Office Space

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.

Go here for entry form and to see contest rules.

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Campaigner-Logo-Final“Holiday in a Bag” Email Marketing Tool Kit and Chance to Win Marketing Consultation Package

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.

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top-small-company-workplacesWinning Workplaces

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

More information and application form here.

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makeminemillionMake Mine a Million $ Business Competition

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.

Apply for the Make Mine a Million award here.

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love_a_local_business

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.

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verizonThe Better Way Challenge from Verizon
Enter by May 31, 2010

Sign up for a free 30-Day Trial of the Verizon Collaboration Center and be automatically entered to win a Flip MinoHD video camera; 15 per month will be given away randomly to those who sign up for the trial.

There is also a separate video contest: submit a video describing the challenges you face as a small business getting your whole team on the same page and you’ll receive an additional six months of the Verizon Collaboration Center for free.

If Verizon and Cisco select your video, you could be entered to win an exclusive business consultation to help you take your business to the next level in one of these two prize levels:

Grand Prize: An exclusive two-hour business consultation with entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki plus a $2,000 reward card.

2nd and 3rd Place Prizes: An exclusive one-hour business consultation with the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group – an organization that provides customers with innovative approaches to complex business opportunities – and a $1000 reward card.

Click here for official rules and to enter.

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To find more small business events, contests and awards, visit our Small Business Events Calendar.

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 contests.smb@gmail.com. (We do not charge a fee to be included in this listing — it is completely free to list your award or contest.)

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.

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Laura Leites


Laura Leites Laura Leites plans and manages events for clients through her company, L2 Event Production. Laura's projects include the Small Business Influencer Awards, The Small Business Summit, and many of SmallBizTechnology's live and virtual events, including the five-city Small Business Technology Tour.

3 Reactions

  1. It is great to see that Virgin America is offering free WiFi and it will be interesting to learn more about the “Free Holiday WiFi” survey.

  2. Thanks for including the NEtwork Solutions #nsbiztip contest.

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