New Contests and Awards for Small Businesses

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intuit.jpgIntuit Green Grants for Small Businesses
Enter by July 18, 2010
Enter at Love a Local Business. Follow the instructions to complete the Local Hero Challenge registration form and 10-question survey. Limit one nomination per business. One person may nominate multiple businesses using seperate Local Hero Challenge registrations with a unique email address for each business. Winner will receive a $500 grant, plus sustainability training.
Bonus Nomination: Earn a bonus nomination for your business by adding a post to Intuit’s Facebook Wall including your business name, city, state, and the name of the badge that your business earned after completing the Local Hero Challenge sustainability survey. (Note: You must “fan” or “like” Intuit on Facebook to post to Intuit’s Facebook Wall.)

tampa_jumpstart.JPGTampa Bay Small Business Jumpstart
Enter by July 30, 2010
Have you put off starting your own business because you don’t have the start-up capital or know enough about marketing, accounting and other business skills to turn your passion into your own company?
Then you’re in luck because you have the chance to win a full suite of business services valued at over $20,000 from some of the biggest names in Tampa — all you need is an idea and the drive to be successful!
vocalocity.JPGPhone System Makeover Contest
Enter by August 1, 2010
Any small business can enter by submitting a video to our website and explaining why their company can benefit from a new phone system.
The Company with the most COMPELLING video submission will win a free hosted PBX phone system and free service for an entire year!!
Visit for rules. Winner will be announced August 9th.
Thumbnail image for ringcentral contest.jpgRingCentral Keep in Touch Contest
Enter by August 2, 2010
Enter RingCentral’s Keep in Touch Contest for a chance to win an iPad from RingCentral, the leading provider of cloud-based phone systems for small businesses.
One lucky winner will win an iPad each week for five weeks.
Enter contest here
ingies.gifiNGie Award from Cabinet NG
Enter by August 15, 2010
Cabinet NG will recognize our 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™.
* Recognition at the 2010 Conference dinner.
Award categories and online applications can be found here.
startupnation.JPG2010 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, it’ll be your daily votes that will tell us who deserves to be named a winner. The list of the 200 winners will be published in May and will be ranked according to votes accumulated.
vistaprint-logo.pngVistaprint Make an Impression Contest
Enter by September 4, 2010
How do you impress your customers? Tell us and enter to win a customized marketing campaign crafted by our in-house creative experts to promote your business and a $600 gift certificate to HP for a total prize package of $10,000!
thefranchisecouncillogoFINAL2.pngThe 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
For information about the contest and other general inquiries contact Randy Hove, FranNet – St. Louis, at 314.614.8940 or
AccoBrandsHeader.pngACCO 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 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.
moo_contest.pngThe Business Card Project
Open entry deadline 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:
cleantech.gifThe 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 we’re looking for the best clean technology ideas from around the world. Just for telling us 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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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, Managing Editor,