Applying for an award can bring your business added recognition and publicity. Awards also honor your employees by showing them in a tangible way that their efforts have resulted in making the company stand out. Customers pay attention to awards, too.
It’s up to you to take action, however. Awards don’t happen by chance — they are part of a PR and marketing strategy. So either nominate your company or nominate a customer or client for an award and show them you care about THEIR success.
Here’s a list of awards and competitions we recommend checking out:
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GetResponse Email Template Design Contest 
Enter by June 25, 2012
Use the GetResponse new Email Creator to design an email template. The best design will win $1,000. Other pries include the iPad 3 and a year’s free service by GetResponse. A panel of Judges will choose the best design based on various aspects of good email design, including: creativity, organization, communication, consistency and style. You can use a free trial account for purposes of the competition (no credit card required to sign up for the free trial). Deadline is June 25, 2012.
Small Business Influencer Awards 2012 
Enter by July 15, 2012
The 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards are now open for nominations! The Influencer Awards honor companies, organizations, apps and people who have made a meaningful and lasting impact on the North American small business market. Impact may mean (i) providing products widely used by significant numbers of small businesses, or (ii) influencing significant numbers of small businesses by being a thought leader, or (iii) providing information or services of note to significant numbers of small businesses. Nominate here .
Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition 
Enter by August 8, 2012
The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is an annual international business plan competition in Michigan. The event is the world’s largest business plan competition with more than $1 million in prizes. The goals of the competition are to promote Michigan as a venue for innovation and opportunity and stimulate job creation.
The New York Times Make Your Pitch Contest 
Enter by August 29, 2012
Submit your pitch on video, telling about your product or service, your marketing plans, your customer base. Tell what makes your business different — why it is one to watch? Do you need capital? If so, how much and what for? Most important, how are you going to make money?
All video pitches that meet the submission guidelines will be featured on The New York Times small-business Facebook page and selected pitches will be featured on the New York Times You’re the Boss Blog.
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 submit it through our Small Business Event and Contests Form  (it’s free).
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.