20 Semi-Finalists in Forbes Boost Your Business Contest

New York, NY (PRESS RELEASE – August 19, 2009) – Twenty entrepreneurs have advanced to the second stage of Forbes.com’s third annual “Boost Your Business” editorial contest, available at http://www.forbes.com/byb.

Visitors to Forbes.com can now vote for the five companies most poised for growth among the 20 semi-finalists. Their submissions, including self-recorded 30-second “elevator-pitch” videos, are available for review at http://www.forbes.com/byb. Voting for this round runs through September 30.

Contestants represent businesses in various industries–from nurse-concierge services and online book rental, to enterprise software and yoga accessories–and are headquartered around the country.

“The quality of our contestants gets better with each passing year,” said Brett Nelson, Entrepreneurs Editor at Forbes. “We wish them luck in the second round. Captivating our savvy readers in only 30 seconds on video is no mean feat.”

In the first round of the contest, which began in May, entrants submitted a 500-word write-up about their small business, including a description of the business model, current capitalization and theoretical plan for investing the prize money. From the 20 semi-finalists who made it to the second round of the contest, five finalists will be selected to compete for the grand prize.

Those five finalists will be flown to New York City to give live presentations to an expert panel of judges. The winner will receive $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in advertising on Forbes.com. The 2009 BYB contest is sponsored by Comcast.

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Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO 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.

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