Check Out These Small Biz Awards and Contests, Today

A small biz award can make your business stand out from competitors. Winning a contest can lead to monetary prizes and prize packages consisting of valuable goods.  Check out our hand-picked list just right for small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs. It’s fun to enter, too — challenge yourself and your team and see if you can win a small business award of some kind.


1000+ Online Content IdeasGet Online Content Ideas for Your Type of Business
Enter by March 15, 2013

Finding it hard to come up with content ideas for your business?  Enter to get content ideas for your industry, and for a chance to win a free of the book being written by Matt Mansfield.

To enter, answer the following question on the contest entry form: If you could get tons of online content topics for a specific industry or business type, which would it be (e.g. real estate, physical training, etc.)?.

The industry types with the most entries will be selected for section 7 of the book — the one that focuses on online content ideas that can be used by specific business types. In addition, 5 people will be selected at random to receive 1 free copy of the book when it is published in September.


crainsNYCrain’s New York Business Top Entrepreneurs
Enter by March 15, 2013

Crain’s New York is seeking successful businesspeople for its annual Top Entrepreneurs feature to run in May. Companies must be located in New York City, been in business for at least three years, and have revenue of less than $100 million. See website for entry form and eligibility rules.


techamericaAmerican Technology Awards
Enter by March 15, 2013

Known as the Termans after Frederick Terman the widely credited father of Silicon Valley, the awards are the only national “Best Of” for technology products and services across the technology industry. Awarded on the basis of a thorough evaluation by industry experts and technology leaders, the Termans are presented at the Technology and Government Dinner in Washington, D.C.


blackberry-100BlackBerry Achievement Awards
Enter by March 22, 2013

The awards program recognizes the year’s most outstanding achievements by business leaders, entrepreneurs and developers in advancing mobile technology to benefit business and society. Award winners will be announced at the annual BlackBerry Live conference in Orlando, Florida in May 2013.
Award categories include:

App of the Year
Putting Customers First
Mobile Innovation of the Year
Making the World a Better Place
Entrepreneur of the Year


capitaloneGrow Mid City Small Business Growth Competition
Enter by March 22, 2013

Capital One Bank has partnered with the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance of Baton Rouge to host the Grow Mid City Small Business Growth Plan Competition, an initiative to help small businesses in the Mid City area to grow and to create jobs. The Grow Mid City Small Business Growth Plan Competition is a part of Capital One Bank’s commitment to investing in their communities.


The Company Corporation business plan contestThe Company Corporation Business Plan Contest
Enter by March 31, 2013

Open to participants from around the country, the Business Plan Contest encourages would-be entrepreneurs to grow their ideas into start-up and early-stage To win, entrants should write a one-page business plan executive summary and send it to The Company Corporation no later than March 31, 2013. Entries will be judged by a panel of The Company Corporation’s Small Business Specialists. The contestant who submits the most thought-provoking and well-reasoned business plan executive summary will bring home a $1,000 cash award.


2013 SCORE Awards2013 SCORE Awards
Enter by March 31, 2013

The SCORE Awards is an annual event that celebrates the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses. It recognizes the people and companies that have demonstrated unique vision, innovation and achievement in support of America’s economy and small business community. The awards ceremony will take place in August 2013. Net revenues from the event help support The SCORE Foundation and its programs, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit. All nominees must agree to come to the SCORE Awards to be eligible.


huntsvilleHuntsville/Madison 2013 Small Business Awards
Enter by April 5, 2012

The spirit of the Small Business Awards is to recognize individuals and businesses that make a positive impact on the Huntsville/Madison metro community through their products, services and outstanding attributes.

The 2013 Small Business Awards will consist of 7 categories, listed on the event website.


Dell $100M Innovators Credit Fund

Dell has launched a $100 million Innovators Credit Fund, with the purpose of helping entrepreneurs “maximize potential for innovation, speed to market and job creation.” The credit fund will offer both funding and technology resources with IT support, depending on what each start-up needs.

To be eligible, you must have already received some angel funding or venture capital before you can apply. Start-ups can get up to 10% of its current funding or up to $150,000 with limited credit terms. See website for details and application.


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).

This list of awards and competitions is brought to you by Small Business Trends and

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.


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Laura Leites Laura Leites plans and manages events for clients through her company, L2 Event Production. Laura's projects include the Small Business Influencer Awards, The Small Business Summit, and many of SmallBizTechnology's live and virtual events, including the five-city Small Business Technology Tour.

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  1. Great new list, Laura.

    Thanks for doing such a fine job. You always find the coolest awards and contests!

    The Franchise King®