Want to Be Awesome? Attend One of These Events

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Want to be awesome?  Attending educational events helps you and your team grow your skills.  Learn how to be a master in business — and you don’t have to go it alone.  Help is all around you, some of it free and some it low cost.  But aren’t you and your team worth whatever the investment is, be it time, money or both?

And don’t forget those contests and awards programs!  They serve a role, too.  They help you get needed cash and other benefits for your business.  And they bring recognition to your company.

You’ll find these kinds of opportunities in our latest curated list of events, contests and awards for small businesses, solo entrepreneurs and growing companies. To see a full list or to submit your own event, contest or award listing, visit the Small Business Events Calendar.

Featured Events, Contests and Awards

Wells Fargo Works ProjectWells Fargo Works Project
June 30, 2014, Online

The Wells Fargo Works Project is a video or essay contest specifically for small business owners in the United States. To enter for a chance to win, tell your business story. Five small business owner winners will be selected from a pool of 25 finalists. The finalists will each receive $1,000. The five winners will each receive:

– $25,000 for their business.
– Business mentorship tailored to their specific business needs.
– A $5,000 donation in their name made by Wells Fargo to a local eligible non-profit organization in their community.

Wells Fargo is a sponsor of Small Business Trends’ CEO Anita Campbell.

Hashtag: #WellsFargoWorks

Marketing Makeover $25,000 From CBS LocalMarketing Makeover $25,000 From CBS Local
June 30, 2014, Online

Would you like a Marketing Makeover, to the tune of $25,000? Enter for a chance at this awesome prize package! The winner will get a streaming ad for CBS Local’s online radio station; display ads; search optimization services; Constant Contact Toolkit; and expert advice and a marketing plan. Just tell your story and why you deserve a marketing makeover. Open to U.S. small businesses. See rules, and enter today!

Bizapalooza 2014:  Planning and ProfitsBizapalooza 2014: Planning and Profits
July 09, 2014, Online

Bizapalooza gives you a unique opportunity to connect with industry pros who really want to see you do more with your small business. Come as you are to this virtual small-business festival, then walk away with a fresh perspective, loads of free resources, plus practical solutions to fix what’s holding you back. FREE – and with freebie resources. Sponsors needed, too!
Hashtag: #Bizapalooza

Who Gives a Fund Contest - Caribbean CruiseWho Gives a Fund Contest – Caribbean Cruise
August 29, 2014, Online

Create a short fun video using the phrase “Who Gives a Fund.” Share it on social. The video with the most views will win a round trip within the continental U.S. to beautiful Miami, and a 3-day cruise to the Caribbean, for two. See WhoGivesaFund.com for complete rules and details. Presented by eSmallBusinessLoan.com, to highlight that traditional bank loans are not the only source of money for your working capital needs in your business. Get a merchant cash advance from eSmallBusinessLoan.com.
Hashtag: #WhoGivesaFund

More Events

More Contests

  • Startup PDX Challenge 2014 – Portland
    June 23, 2014, Portland, OR
  • Recognition of Android Malware Patterns (RAMP) Competition
    August 24, 2014, Online

This weekly listing of small business events, contests and awards is provided as a community service by Small Business Trends and SmallBizTechnology.


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.

4 Reactions
  1. That Caribbean cruise is just so exciting. It is one of the contests that I am interesting in joining. It’s just a bummer that I have to outsource it as I am not that good in creating videos. But I am good with coming up with unique concepts.

  2. Last year’s Small Bizapalooza was awesome .. and it can only get better this year. I’d highly recommend it!

  3. Just missed ‘Creating Your Unique Identity as an Independent / Small Services Firm’. I would have been curious to read more about it, and perhaps join, especially as it was an online event.