Intuit Says Tell Your Startup Story, Enter to Win $50,000

Intuit's Just Start campaign encouraging you to start a businessIntuit came out today with big news: a campaign encouraging you to start your own business. 

The “Just Start” campaign consists of several exciting parts:  a way for you to tell your entrepreneurial story or dream online; a contest; a traveling exhibit visiting four major cities; and even free accounting software. 

Haven’t started that business yet? No worries. You can participate whether you have already started a business — or are just dreaming of starting a business.

Tell Your Startup Story

Intuit launched the website.  At the site you can submit your startup story, either in a short video or in text. 

One of the best features of the site is that the startup stories are right there on it.  You can see the startup stories of other entrepreneurs or would-be entrepreneurs in a slow-scrolling display.  You just roll your mouse over the little squares and click to see other stories.  It’s interesting, inspiring and instructive to boot.

The Truck

There’s also a traveling road show.  Next week a truck will start in Seattle, and travel to Chicago, New York and Boston.  Each city will have a big display where you can go to get free business resources and advice.  I understand the truck will set up in commuter hubs in each city — for instance, Grand Central terminal is the stop in New York.

The Software

As part of the launch of the Just Start campaign, Intuit has made its QuickBooks Simple Start accounting software completely free.  Simple Start is for first-time QuickBooks users and currently has over 300,000 users.  A stripped down version of Simple Start had been available for free before, but now Intuit is making the full QuickBooks Simple Start 2008 product 100% free (until last week you had to pay $99.95 for this version).  You can download it at the Just Start website.

The Contest

Last but certainly not least in the Just Start campaign is the contest, which runs through December 15, 2007.  By submitting your startup story to the website, you will be entered in the contest for a chance to win a $50,000 startup grant ($40,000 cash and $10,000 in products and services). 

I am one of the contest judges, along with John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing, and Ramon Ray of

If I could offer one suggestion to you, it’s this:  read the contest rules.  They are more than boilerplate.  They tell you the judging criteria and lots of other helpful information.  Enter at


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Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses, and also serves as CEO of

7 Reactions

  1. Hi,

    if you are after free accounting software including free 24/7 live support then go and have a look at .

    We have been doing free accounting software for over two years now and have over 250.000 users world wide.

  2. Hi,

    Can we have the site work on Opera browser please?


  3. I will have to go over there and tell them the secret of my success

  4. This is neat, I’m going over there to check it out now. I’ll be interested to see what others are sharing, too.

  5. Thanks Anita! We’re so excited about encouraging folks to start their businesses and about giving them the tools to be successful. Can’t wait to keep hearing more of the stories and ideas – they are really cool!!!


  6. It appears that the contest is only available for US residence.

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