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 us know so we can share your news. - * * * * * Small Business Veteran Award Enter by October 24, 2011 The Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center is accepting nominations for its Small Business Veteran Award. This award recognizes a veteran who has made a significant contribution to the economy of the Shenandoah Valley and makes a difference in his/her community. To be eligible, the veteran must own, or have owned, at least 51 percent of a small business based in the Shenandoah Valley for one year, and show innovative or successful efforts to promote small business development and economic growth. The nominee must have been honorably discharged from active duty or could still be active in Reserve or National Guard units. Get the Exposure You Deserve Sweepstakes Enter through October 31, 2011 Alpha Pixel Media is giving away three great digital marketing prizes for small businesses to boost their traffic and increase their Facebook "likes" and Twitter "follows." The Grand Prize is a custom Facebook Landing Page Tab design for their Page. Second place wins a custom Twitter background. Third place wins a brief search engine optimization plan for their current site. Hiscox $10,000 "MyStartUpStory" Contest Enter by November 7, 2011 Hiscox is looking for entrepreneurs, consultants and other small business owners to share their startup stories and advice for a chance to win $10,000 and other prizes. The Hiscox \u201cMyStartUpStory\u201d Contest will run through November 7, 2011, and is open to all U.S. small business owners on the Hiscox Small Business Insurance Facebook page. Entrants need to submit a two- to five-minute video or a written summary of up to 500 words describing their startup story and small business advice for a chance to win. All submissions will be featured on the Hiscox Small Business Insurance Facebook page during the contest. U.S. Bank "Look Up with US" $15,000 Challenge Enter by November 15, 2011 U.S. Bank is asking the question: "Why is your business looking up?" Reply via the app at Facebook.com/usbank, and you\u2019ll be entered to win up to $15,000. Your company also gets free publicity. Your entry will be displayed on the Facebook page along with your logo/photo and contact information. Tweet-to-Win Contest With Brother and Startup Nation Enter through December 9, 2011 StartupNation has partnered with Brother to bring you the Tweet To Win contest, in which you can respond to a burning small business question for the chance to win a Brother P-touch labeler, absolutely free! Small business owners/workers are encouraged to participate and tweet their responses (using #brothersun). Then every other Friday, a winner is selected at random and wins a Brother P-touch labeler. See website for details and the latest question. 2012 Business Excellence Awards Enter by December 15, 2011 The Business Excellence Awards serve as a conclusion to the two-day Business Excellence Forum, and honors those business owners and their companies who have taken their companies, teams and results to "the next level" of success. The award will recognize businesses for outstanding results in any service category. Any service business is eligible for this award, provided their results were outstanding and measurable. Sponsored by ActionCOACH. 2012 DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award Enter by January 6, 2012 Nominate an outstanding business from your community or submit your own application for the 2012 DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam's Club. All award winners will be honored during America\u2019s Small Business Summit on May 22 in Washington, DC. Blue Ribbon Award\u00ae winners will receive one complimentary registration to attend the Summit, courtesy of Sam's Club. Nominations are due January 6, and applications are due January 13. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize, courtesy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 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.