In addition to our small business events listings, every two weeks we’ll post a list of contests and awards for small businesses, startups, freelancers and entrepreneurs that we think you might want to check out.
Competitions, awards and contests can be a way to get PR visibility, products, services and/or funding to help your business grow. This listing is brought to you as a community service by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com.
FreedomVOICE Small Business Tip Contest
Enter by: October 20, 2009
Win an HP Mini 110-1012NR XP Edition 10.1″ Widescreen Netbook Computer. To enter your small business tip in the FreedomVOICE Small Business Tip Contest, simply post the small business tip as a blog comment. Business tips must be less than 200 words and should be geared towards businesses with 50 employees or less.
Name Ventureneer’s new Video
Enter by: October 23, 2009
Ventureneer is reaching out to the small business community for help naming their just-released video. Exercise your creativity, have fun, and earn a $100 American Express Gift Card. They are looking for a creative name that captures the spirit of this new video. The best name gets the big prize. Prizes will also be given to five runners-up. Submit your entry to name the video, by emailing it to contest(at)ventureneer.com by October 23, 2009. The winners will be announced on October 30.
Win an Internet Marketing Campaign worth $5,000 from Vertical Measures
Enter by: November 3, 2009
Healthcare and wellness businesses can submit a 3 minute video or an essay explaining, in fewer than 600 words and at least one and up to 5 images, why winning an internet marketing campaign is vital for their business. Go here for instructions for entering the contest. A second place winner will receive a customized internet marketing campaign valued at $1,000. Every submission will receive a free Vertical Measures shirt.
Elance Contest: What Does “The New Way To Work” Mean To You?
Enter by: December 7, 2009
This contest from Elance is a chance for contract professionals to show the world their best stuff and win a grand prize of $10,000. If you’re a writer, write a story that tells how you are a part of the “new way to work”. If you’re a graphic designer, design something. Developer? Create an app. Finalists will be chosen by December 7, 2009. Rules and entry instructions are on the Elance blog.
NYC BigApps Competition
Enter by: 5:00pm EST December 8, 2009
The NYC BigApps Competition will reward the developers of the most useful, inventive, appealing, effective, and commercially viable applications for delivering information from the City of New York’s NYC.gov Data Mine to interested users. Winners will be chosen for best overall application — including a grand prize — as well as an investor’s choice winner, a data visualization winner and city talent winner. In addition, the public will be able to choose their own “popular choice” winners through NYCBigApps.com. All the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in January and will receive a total of $20,000 in cash prizes plus dinner with Mayor Bloomberg. The competition is open to individuals, start-up companies and nonprofits with fewer than 50 employees.
If you are putting on a small business contest, award or competition, and want to get the word out to the community, please email the details to: email@example.com.
To find other small business awards, contests, competitions and grants, visit our Small Business Events Calendar. Please note: ALWAYS read contest rules carefully.
Laura Leites, Managing Editor, Smallbiztechnology.com