Contest and Awards Roundup for SMBs

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

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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

pittsburgh-dreamersEnter by December 16, 2011

Pittsburgh is looking for Experienced Dreamers – 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™ contest is all about getting you to think about your dream – whatever it is you believe you were born to do – 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

US Chamber Small Business SummitNominate 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’s Small Business Summit on May 22 in Washington, DC. Blue Ribbon Award® 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.


The Amazing Entrepreneur
Enter by February 29, 2012

The 2nd Annual Amazing Entrepreneur Business Plan Competition is an initiative by Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to foster new business development in Gwinnett County, GA. The contest is open to individuals who own or manage a small business, which has been in operation less than 36 months, in Gwinnett County.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $2500 cash to be used solely for the business entering the contest, a trip to Sage Software’s Customer Conference in Nashville, TN (airfare, hotel stay, conference fees), one-year membership to Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, one-year participation in the Chamber’s Gwinnett Business Institute program ($180 value), a consultation with an attorney from Arnall Golden Gregory ($2500 value), and research assistance from Chamber’s economic development department


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.

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.