This week’s list of contests holds lots of chances to land
recognition, services and cash prizes for your growing company. This
list of contests, competitions and awards is brought to you every two
weeks by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com.
Enter from April 8 to April 29, 2010
Sponsored by the Sales Rescue Team, the Sales Kickstart contest is
part of its new webinar series to help small businesses increase their
sales. The prize is a PRWeb Media package (value $360) to one random
drawing winner from each webinar. When you register and attend any of
the webinars, your name is entered into the contest. You can win only
Webinar topics include: Email Marketing, Mobile Marketing, Business
Planning, Facebook and Twitter for Sales, Generating New Leads, Using
Support Services, Improve Your Website Conversions. Starts April 8th.
Details at Sales Rescue Team.
Enter by April 21, 2010
Is your old technology slowing down what you accomplish at work?
Comcast Business Class and Inc. are awarding four deserving companies
with office productivity upgrades – providing the four winning
companies with a prize package of tools and resources to take their
business to the next level.
Four Grand Prize Winners of the Productivity@Work Contest will each
receive a custom technology audit and Comcast Business Class solutions
valued at approximately $40,000 including:
* A Two year Comcast Business Class Internet package that will help your company be more efficient, fast and more secure
* Two years of Business Class TV Service
* Equipment Upgrade, including up to five (5) HP personal computers and monitors
* Website consulting to build or upgrade your website
* Custom-designed Windows SharePoint templates
* Microsoft software and training
* Business continuity audit to help ensure you are prepared for any disaster
* Private small business consulting session with a small business consultant
Eligible contestants must complete an entry form, available at
www.inc.com/comcast, and submit a short original essay explaining how
Comcast technology can help their business. Submissions will be
accepted through April 21, 2010, and winners will be determined by a
combination of a judging panel of small business experts and public
voting. All winners and their productivity upgrades will be profiled in
a future edition of Inc. magazine.
Enter by April 22, 2010
The Greater Miami Chamber has partnered with Office Depot to
encourage South Florida businesses in their efforts to go green. The
prize package is worth more than $4,000, including furniture, office
supplies, technology and a consultation with Yalmaz Siddiqui, director
of Environmental Strategy, Office Depot. The contest is open to Greater
Miami Chamber Members ONLY. The winner will be announced on May 12.
Enter by April 22, 2010
Small and startup businesses in Washington state can enter to win
$10,000 in the “It’s Time for Business with Office 2010 Video Contest”
launched by the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce in partnership with
To participate, contestants must go to
itstimeforbusiness.com/contest and download a free trial version of
Office 2010 to use in their business. Any business or organization with
seven or fewer full-time employees is eligible, so long as they have a
Washington state business license and comply with all contest rules.
The winning entry will receive a $10,000 grand prize. Best foreign
language video and best video by a woman-owned business will receive
Enter now through Mid-April 2010 (check site for details)
Robert X. Cringely, author of the technology blog “I, Cringely”
(www.cringely.com), has launched a plan to restart America called
“Cringely’s (NOT in Silicon Valley) Startup Tour.” People are invited
to nominate startup companies in six different categories, discuss
them, and vote for favorites on a special website created just for the
After about six weeks of collecting nominations and reviewing
candidates, Cringely will announce the top 24 companies. He will then
take the show on the road this summer, with a camera crew, to visit all
24 companies to learn about the businesses and the entrepreneurs who
started them. Ultimately, the stories he collects will become a 12-hour
reality TV series to be broadcast on a major cable network.
Enter by April 28, 2010
Artemisia and Ashoka’s Changemakers are launching a global search
for model initiatives and ideas that help build the emerging field of
Share your solutions for building the field of social business.
Submit your social enterprises that demonstrate how social business
initiatives can thrive and scale-up their impact on quality of life.
Present your entry by the early entry deadline, April 28, 2010. The
2 winners of the early entry prize will receive a digital camera each
Enter before the competition deadline of June 9, 2010 and you may be
one of three winners that receive USD $5000 to advance your project.
Enter by April 30, 2010
The Inc. 500/5000 list is a distinguished editorial award, a
celebration of innovation, a network of entrepreneurial leaders, and an
effective public relations showcase. The Inc. 500|5000 ranks companies
by overall revenue growth over a three-year period. All 5,000 honoree
companies are individually profiled on Inc.com. The top 500 are
featured in the September issue of Inc. magazine.
Enter by May 3, 2010
Deluxe’s Project Rev project is a marketing lab to provide small
businesses with the tools and expert resources to discover and execute
marketing programs that will work for them. With support of SCORE, the
program will grant 10 small business owners up to $5,000 each in
customized marketing tools and services and one year of mentoring to
drive their businesses forward.
Enter by May 21, 2010
The New York Enterprise Report Small Business Awards is the annual
awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of the
500,000 small businesses throughout the tri-state area. A panel of
experts in the related fields will judge all award packages. Awards
will be presented to those companies that have shown the ability to use
their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive
advantages, revenue profits and/or long-term value. The Small Business
Awards will recognize 5 small businesses for their best practices and a
new category of awards that fall under the “Best of the Year Awards”
will recognize 4 small businesses.
Enter by May 31, 2010
Sign up for a free 30-Day Trial of the Verizon Collaboration Center
and be automatically entered to win a Flip MinoHD video camera; 15 per
month will be given away randomly to those who sign up for the trial.
There is also a separate video contest: submit a video describing
the challenges you face as a small business getting your whole team on
the same page and you’ll receive an additional six months of the
Verizon Collaboration Center for free.
If Verizon and Cisco select your video, you could be entered to win
an exclusive business consultation to help you take your business to
the next level in one of these two prize levels:
Grand Prize: An exclusive two-hour business consultation with entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki plus a $2,000 reward card.