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. - * * * * * My Business Story Contest Enter by November 15, 2011 By entering this contest, your business has the opportunity to win one of 36 online ad campaigns worth $5,000 and be featured in the YouTube homepage on November 25th in honor of Small Business\u00a0Saturday, courtesy of Google and American Express. 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. The Experienced Dreamers Contest Enter by December 16, 2011 Pittsburgh is looking for Experienced Dreamers \u2013 people with a bit of experience under their belts and a desire to do something different with their lives. If that sounds like you, this is your once-in-a-lifetime chance to win $100,000 to move there and realize your dream! The Experienced Dreamers\u2122 contest is all about getting you to think about your dream \u2013 whatever it is you believe you were born to do \u2013 and asking if you have the courage to pick up your life, move to Pittsburgh and make it real. See website for details. Women in Business Enter by December 17, 2011 There are many outstanding women who are senior level executives, entrepreneurs and CEO's that are celebrated at the Annual Women in Business Luncheon. These women have mastered their industries and are admired by the business community. Join the Hartford Business Journal in celebrating the feats of these strong and remarkable business women; eight outstanding women will be showcased in a special section of the Hartford Business Journal and recognized at the Annual Women's Business Luncheon. These women are senior level executives, CEO's and entrepreneurs in the Hartford community. LegalZoom Free Commerical Contest Enter through December 31, 2011 Contest participants are asked to create a 25-second commercial featuring their business, and upload the video to the LegalZoom Facebook page, where the contest winner will be selected through a voting system. LegalZoom will purchase a minimum of $20,000 of airtime for the winning commercial to be broadcast to a national audience. That translates to a minimum of 50 free spots for the winning business owner. 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. MacMall Medical Office Makeover Contest Enter by January 16, 2012 The Medical Office Makeover Contest features a prize for larger offices with 11 or more employees valued at nearly $17,000, and a prize for offices with 1-10 employees valued at over $6,000. The highly sought after products featured in the contest include Ergotron carts; HP workstations, monitors and digital signs; Fujitsu scanners; Wasp time and attendance tracking; Nuance medical dictation, and other high-value hardware and software from Xerox, Plantronics, Fellowes, ioSafe, Meraki, and Dymo. Vision 33 Small Business Makeover Contest Enter by January 31, 2012 This holiday season, one lucky small business will win the SAP Business One Starter Package, 40 hours of professional services and maintenance from Vision33 for a year! There is no charge, no expectations and no purchase necessary to enter the Small Business Makeover Contest - all you have to do is fill out an online form and tell why you think your business deserves to win. 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.