Originally posted on Small Business Trends on August 7, 2010:
Contests and awards are a great way to get the word out about your business. Even if you don’t win, many offer an opportunity for recognition and publicity – so it’s not just about the big prize.
This list of contests, competitions and awards for small businesses, brought to you every other week as a community service by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com.
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iNGie Award from Cabinet NG
Enter by August 15, 2010
Cabinet NG will recognize customers who have best used CNG-SAFE software products to improve their bottom line and at the same time operate their businesses in a more environmentally friendly manner. “iNGie” awards will be presented at the 2010 Collaborate Conference in Huntsville (dates and location to be announced soon).
* The first 20 companies to apply receive 2 free passes to 2010 Conference in Huntsville (approximately $500 value).
* Winners get a $1,000 credit which can be applied toward annual maintenance or CNG products.
* Winners will also receive an Amazon Kindle.
Award categories and online applications can be found here.
Opportunity Green OG25 Business Award
Enter by August 17, 2010
The OG25 Business Award is an open business competition that recognizes the most promising start-ups committed to building a new green economy and that highlights initiatives in clean technology, product design, mobility, social innovation, water and resource conservation, food systems, community development and more. All OG25 finalists are showcased and win complimentary registration to the Opportunity Green 2010 Business Conference. All finalists will compete on stage for a chance to be named Opportunity Green’s Top Start-up of 2010.
Small Business Road to Success Challenge by Fairfield Inn & Suites
Enter by August 20, 2010
This program will provide ten finalists with 15 free nights at Fairfield Inn & Suites across the U.S. and Canada and exposure to help them grow their businesses. Finalists will publicly share their journey by blogging, tweeting, and posting photos. One winner, judged to be most successful in achieving its business goals, will be selected to receive the $20,000 cash grand prize. Applicants will also have the chance to win a Marriott GiftCard if they choose to participate in a short survey.
Enter by August 23, 2010
Second Chance is a 7-part web series on BusinessonMain.com that will feature 4 entrepreneurs, whose first attempts at having their own business failed. They will compete against each other in challenges for a second chance to start a new business. During each episode, the entrepreneurs will be given a fake business concept that will test the skills that contributed to the failure of their previous companies.
Along with the $150,000, the Second Chance winner will have the opportunity to present their business concept to a team of Angel Investors who may invest even more money and their expert knowledge in the business.
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business
Enter by August 31, 2010
Women entrepreneurs, executives and organizations are eligible to enter in 54 different categories. Request an entry kit via this online form.
2010 Leading Moms in Business
Enter by August 31, 2010
The 2010 StartupNation Leading Moms in Business competition will rank the top 200 mom-run businesses across America as determined by popular vote over the next few months.
The list of the 200 winners will be published next May and ranked according to votes accumulated.
Vistaprint Make an Impression Contest
Enter by September 4, 2010
How do you impress your customers? Tell Vistaprint and enter to win a customized marketing campaign crafted by their in-house creative experts to promote your business and a $600 gift certificate to HP for a total prize package of $10,000!
The Franchise Council Contest
Enter by September 6, 2010
A nationwide contest for business owners interested in an initial launch of franchising his/her business. The winner will receive $87,000 in business services . The Franchise Council (TFC) in partnership with Franchise Brokers Association (FBA), an industry association, will manage the contest that runs from June 1 – September 6, 2010.
The contest winner will be announced October 20 at the FBA national meeting in Orlando. Online application and rules located at http://www.franchiseba.com/development. Or contact Randy Hove, FranNet – St. Louis, at 314.614.8940 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 314.614.8940 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email@example.com.
New Ideas Contest
Enter by September 20, 2010
Winners will be announced at the Small Business Innovation Summit and Expo in Charleston on Nov. 3. The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 of seed money for his or her business idea, a scholarship to a FastTrac entrepreneurial training program, tickets to the Small Business Innovation Summit and Expo and a Dream Team of Mentors to help cultivate the idea.
Five first place prizes of $2,500 will be awarded in the categories of Bio-Science, Software/Information Technology, Engineering, Environmental Sustainability and Wild Card. Each winner will receive a scholarship to FastTrac and tickets to the Small Business Innovation Summit and Expo. There will be five $1,000 honorable mention prizes distributed as well as in each category.
Startup Nation Homebased 100
Enter by October 1, 2010
The 2010 StartupNation Home-Based 100 will once again rank the best performing home-based businesses across America in ten distinct categories. To enter you must be home-based, must also have a website for your business, and some aspect of your business should fit at least one of the themes of the Top Ten categories.
ACCO Brands Everyday Heroes Contest
Enter by October 31, 2010
What is an Everyday Hero? It’s a person who knows how to use his/her office tools to make things run smoothly; a person to whom everyone turns to pull it all together in a pinch; an individual who quietly gets the job done — often without being recognized. Everyday Heroes can enter the contest now at accoheroes.com. ACCO Brands will award a grand prize of $1,000 redeemable at office product dealers to one winner in each of three categories — business, home/home office and school.
The Business Card Project
Open entry deadline
MOO.com is giving away more than $250,000 worth of design services and MOO products to 500 small businesses. Each winner will receive a one-time business card redesign by a professional design team and 50 free Business Cards from MOO. Check out a great “before and after” on the site.
The Cleantech Open Ideas Competition
Enter by October 2010 (see site for entry details)
The Cleantech Open runs the world’s largest clean technology business competition and is looking for the best clean technology ideas from around the world. Just for telling your idea, you could win a prize package of services worth $100,000 to help you start a business to grow your idea! Winners of each individual National Competition, get to represent your country as a Global IDEAS finalist at the annual Cleantech Open Awards Gala on November 16, 2010 in San Francisco.
There, your idea will be presented in a five-minute pitch in front of a crowd of 3,000 investors, entrepreneurs, sponsoring companies, corporations, members of academia, press, and others interested in hearing your ideas and getting involved.
The crowd will vote via text message for the “People’s Choice” and you could win $100,000 in marketing support, legal advising, conferencing services and more to help launch your business.
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Dream Big Small Business Award
Enter by January 7, 2011
The DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam’s Club, is designed to honor U.S. job creators and recognize their significant contributions as drivers of economic growth. The 2011 application will become available starting Tuesday, September 21, 2010. View the eligibility and criteria to learn more and check out the Application Process FAQs for tips on filling out the application.