This list of contests, competitions and awards for small businesses is brought to you every other week as a community service by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com. If you've entered and won a contest or award listed here, let me know so we can share your news. - * * * * * RingCentral No Hardware Video Contest Enter by July 25, 2011 Enter to win a grand-prize trip for two to Las Vegas. Two lucky runners up will also win prizes. Plus, everyone who submits a video will get a month off RingCentral service. Create a 1-2 minute video telling us about your offending hardware and why it drives you crazy. See website for rules and entry details. The Peace Corps Community\u2019s Enterprise Solutions to Poverty Essay Contest Enter by July 31, 2011 The National Peace Corps Association and the SEVEN Fund are sponsoring a global competition inviting the submission of essays that describe innovative ideas for fighting poverty. The winning author will get $5,000, be featured in WorldView magazine, and be a special guest at a distinguished panel in Washington, DC on September 24, 2011, during the four-day weekend of events for the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps. 10th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards Enter by July 31, 2011 To be eligible for a Chicago Innovation Award, the product, service or company nominated must be: Introduced within the past three years, and Headquartered in the greater Chicago region, including the northern half of Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and northwest Indiana. Through many events occurring throughout the year, the Chicago Innovation Awards not only recognize nominees and winners, but also provide valuable business networking and development opportunities; learning experiences through mentoring, scholarships and panel discussions; and educational courses in innovation. Recycle Your Business Cell Phone Apple iPad2 Giveaway Enter by July 31, 2011 e-Cycle\u2019s Apple iPad2 Earth Day Giveaway was such a success, we are giving companies another opportunity to win simply by recycling your company cell phones. Businesses and organizations that recycle and/or sell their used mobile devices and cell phones through e-Cycle from now through July 31 will be entered into a random drawing for the chance to win one of four Apple iPad2s. Grow Gentilly Small Business Competition Enter by August 1, 2011 Capital One Bank has partnered with the Urban League of Greater New Orleans to host the Grow Gentilly Small Business Plan Competition, an initiative to help small businesses in the Gentilly area to grow and to create jobs. Applicants to the Competition can participate in educational classes and seminars offered by the Urban League of Greater New Orleans and Capital One Bank. Six (6) Finalists will have the opportunity to present their business plan in front of a panel of community and business leaders. One Runner-up Applicant will receive a cash prize of $5000 to invest in their business and the opportunity to receive technical and professional assistance in areas such as marketing, legal, human resources, technology and finance. One Applicant will be named the winner of the Grow Gentilly Small Business Competition and will receive a cash prize of $10,000 to invest in their business and the opportunity to receive technical and professional assistance in areas such as marketing, legal, human resources, technology and finance. Mind My Business Enter by August 1, 2011 Running a small business is tough work and businesses deserve some love! Future Simple invites businesses to introduce themselves and get introduced to the world on Mind My Business. Plus, participants have a chance to win an iPad2, gift cards, and some great business books. See website for entry details. The Conway Center for Family Business Awards Enter by August 4, 2011 The Conway Center for Family Business Awards Program was established in 1998 to recognize excellence in family business and has honored more than 115 Central Ohio family businesses. The program honors recipients in categories consistent with the success and longevity of a family business: leadership, planning, communication, support and community service. For more details, see the website. Avaya Small Business Innovators Contest Enter by August 30, 2011 Do you have an idea that will change the way your business serves your customers? Innovation is the engine that makes every business more productive and helps it to grow. To enter Avaya's Small Business Innovators contest, fill out their ROI tool and send them the results. Include how you would spend the savings over the next five years to innovate new ways to serve your customers, staff and suppliers. Grand prize of $50,000 worth of IP Office equipment and software and $5,000 cash. Five runner up prizes of $10,000 worth of IP Office equipment and software. Supreme Studio Makeover Contest Enter by August 31, 2011 MacMall's second annual Supreme Studio Makeover Contest features $26K in total tech prizes for small businesses and creative studios, including highly sought after products such as: Maya 2012, Adobe CS5.5, HP Designjet large format printers, an HP 24" DreamColor monitor, Microsoft Office for Mac and Apple Time Capsule storage units. The Promotion Promotion Enter by August 31, 2011 The UPS Store is launching an online contest to give one lucky entrepreneur a $50,000 marketing makeover. "Like" the UPS Store's corporate Facebook page for a chance to win up to $3,000 in weekly prizes including AMEX gift cards, Square mobile card readers and more. See Facebook page for details. Cleantech Open Idea Competition Enter by September 12, 2011 The Cleantech Open runs the world's largest clean technology business competition, and they're looking for the best clean technology ideas from around the world. Enter to win a prize package of services worth $100,000 to help you start a business to grow your idea. If your idea beats out the competition in the National Competition, you get to represent your country as a Global Ideas finalist at the annual Cleantech Open Awards Gala on November 17, 2010 in San Francisco. There, your idea will be presented in a five-minute pitch in front of a crowd of 2,500 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" winner. Women Who Mean Business 2011 Enter by September 16, 2011 The Washington Business Journal announces the eighth annual Women Who Mean Business awards program. This award is designed to honor the region's most influential business women. We're looking for women from every industry and profession; women who've made a difference in their communities, blazed a trail for the rest of us and are leaving a mark on the Washington-area community. Nominees must be female residents of the Washington area who are employed in the region. A nominee should be an established business leader with a strong record of innovation in her field, outstanding performance in her business and/or a clear track record of meaningful community involvement. To find more small business events, contests and awards, visit our Small Business Events Calendar. 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