At this time of year especially, a little help is appreciated. Here’s our hand-picked list of small business sweepstakes, contests and awards. Check them out!
Brother CreativeCenter “Back to Business” Contest 
Ends March 4, 2013
BizSugar is running a contest where you get to show your creativity. Three winners will receive a prize suite of Brother products including a printer, labelmaker, ink and supplies – valued at approximately $500. To enter just go to the Brother CreativeCenter and use the free tools to design a brochure, business cards, poster, calendar or other item. Then post it at BizSugar.com.
Contest sponsored by Brother. Contest details here .
The Small Business Book Awards
Nominations open Jan 29. through Feb. 19, 2013
The 5th Annual Small Business Book Awards are about to kick off. These distinguished awards bring recognition from fans, the public, the industry and your peers.
Business books may be nominated in the following categories: marketing, technology, management, social media, economics, startups, personal finance, leadership/memoirs, and self-help.
New this year is also a category for “all time favorites” which allows books that are classics, regardless of year of publishing, to be nominated. For the first time, there will also be a category for book resources, which will recognize and honor publishers, publishing platforms, publicists and other resources for authors. Print books and electronic books (ebooks) are welcome.
Constant Contact has launched the 2013 Small Business Online Marketing Contest in partnership with the Chicago City Treasurer’s Office. The contest is open from now until February 28th, and will award more than $12,000 in cash and prizes to Chicago small businesses for best email marketing and social media marketing campaigns.
Dell $100M Innovators Credit Fund 
Dell has launched a $100 million Innovators Credit Fund, with the purpose of helping entrepreneurs “maximize potential for innovation, speed to market and job creation.” The credit fund will offer both funding and technology resources with IT support, depending on what each start-up needs.
To be eligible, you must have already received some angel funding or venture capital before you can apply. Start-ups can get up to 10% of its current funding or up to $150,000 with limited credit terms. See website for details and application.
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.