It’s great to get recognition for your small business and it’s even better if that recognition comes with great prizes. This list of competitions and awards for small businesses is updated every two weeks and brought to you as a community service by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com.
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Mom Invented: California Product Search
Enter by February 20, 2010
Anna’s Linens, a leading home goods retailer and seller of the entire Mom Invented® family of products, is in search of the next great product — invented by you. We’re looking for you to submit your most creative product ideas for a chance to win $1,000 and see your product sold at Anna’s Linens stores.
There will be three in-person pitch events at Los Angeles area Anna’s Linens stores where you’ll get to talk about your new product idea face to face. They encourage you to submit your idea online, then bring your emailed submission form and any supporting prototype samples or images to one of the live events. If you can’t make it to one of the in-store events you can submit your product idea online or by mail.
Cisco Heroes of the Human Network Contest
Enter by February 27, 2010
CDW announces the Cisco Heroes of the Human Network Contest, designed to give big recognition to three small businesses across the U.S. The contest will spotlight businesses that have had success streamlining business processes, enhancing the customer experience, and improving employee efficiency – all key ingredients to staying afloat during tough times.
The grand prize winners will be featured in a video case study documenting their experience and will receive a $1,000 CDW gift card to spend on Cisco Small Businesses products, as well as a Flip MinoHD video camera. Judges will select winners based on a 250 word essay describing how a Cisco Small Business Solution and the use of Cisco Small Business technology has helped applicants propel their business.
Small Business Strategy Award at Small Business Summit 2010
Enter by March 1, 2010
Has your business set milestones and thrived in spite of the severe economic downturn? If so, we’d like to hear from you. We’re looking to honor one business with the Small Business Strategy Award 2010 to recognize entrepreneurial strategic excellence that has led to significant increased profits, expanded market and/or improved market position.
Our Award committee will select the three finalists and the winner will be recognized and receive the award at the Small Business Summit in New York City on March 16th.
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.
B2B Social Media Integration Case Study Challenge
Enter by March 12, 2010
This is your chance to join an expert panel at the B2B Forum session. How did your company boost ROI by integrating social media into your marketing strategy? Tell us your success story, and you could be telling it to the B2B marketing world in May. Complete this form and tell us your story!
The winner will become a panelist in the “Case Study Swap Meet! Proven Success Stories Integrating Social Media into Overall Strategy” session at the B2B Forum taking place on May 4-5 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, MA.
The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition
Enter by April 5, 2010
The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, open to everyone, seeks to promote entrepreneurship and development of start-up and early stage companies. Winners and finalists in the 2010 Competition are expected to receive more than $130,000 in prizes.
The 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.
The Shopify Build a Business Contest
Runs January 1 – June 30, 2010
This contest is open to legal residents of the United States who are at least 18 years of age and starting a new business. To enter you must open a new store on Shopify.com. The winner will be selected based on their two best selling months between January 1st, 2010 and June 30th, 2010. The store with the two best selling months will win $100,000. Achieve the same for your store category and win $5,000 as a runner up prize.
The Cleantech Open Ideas Competition
Opens for Entries July 2010
The Cleantech Open runs the world’s largest clean technology business competition and is looking for the best clean technology ideas from around the world. Just for telling your idea, you could win a prize package of services worth $100,000 to help you start a business to grow your idea! Winners of each individual National Competition, get to represent your country as a Global IDEAS finalist at the annual Cleantech Open Awards Gala on November 16, 2010 in San Francisco.
There, your idea will be presented in a five-minute pitch in front of a crowd of 3,000 investors, entrepreneurs, sponsoring companies, corporations, members of academia, press, and others interested in hearing your ideas and getting involved.
The crowd will vote via text message for the “People’s Choice” and you could win $100,000 in marketing support, legal advising, conferencing services and more to help launch your business!
The competition will open in July 2010. Sign up to receive the newsletter to get updates.
iNGie Award from Cabinet NG
Enter by August 15, 2010
Cabinet NG will recognize our customers who have best used CNG-SAFE software products to improve their bottom line and at the same time operate their businesses in a more environmentally friendly manner. “iNGie” awards will be presented at the 2010 Collaborate Conference in Huntsville (dates and location to be announced soon).
* The first 20 companies to apply receive 2 free passes to 2010 Conference in Huntsville (approximately $500 value).
* Winners get a $1,000 credit which can be applied toward annual maintenance or CNG products.
* Winners will also receive an Amazon Kindleâ„¢.
* Recognition at the 2010 Conference dinner.
Award categories and online applications can be found here.
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