New Contests and Competitions for Entrepreneurs & Growing Companies

Our list this week has some great chances for small businesses to win recognition, cash prizes and business services.
This list of contests, competitions and awards is brought to you by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com.

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business_com.JPGBusiness.com’s 10th Brithday iPad Giveaway
Enter by November 1, 2010
Enter to win one of 10 Apple iPads and enjoy special discounts from Business.com partners including Vistaprint, Dell, TelecomRush, Intuit and others.


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hapinoy.pngBreakthrough Innovation Grant Competition (BIG)
Enter by November 5, 2010
BIG is an international competition sponsored by the Fisherman Foundation and the SEVEN Fund, in partnership with MicroVentures Inc.’s Hapinoy Program in the Philippines.
This business concept competition is open to all who aspire to create prosperity and alleviate poverty in the Philippines through new and viable business ideas that can be offered through the Hapinoy sari-sari store network. Proposals must be innovative, resourceful, scalable and fit the particular needs of the Philippines. See website for more details about the program and entry rules. Cash prizes range from US$2,200 for first place to US$500.
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cmit_makeover.JPGCMIT’S MAKEOVER CONTEST
Enter by November 12, 2010
CMIT Solutions is accepting entries for its $75,000 office technology makeover. Tell them what makes your IT setup so “scary” and you could win …
• Dell server, laptops/desktops and peripherals
• Microsoft Windows 7 operating system and Office 2010 software
• Desktop/workstation care, backup, e-mail filtering and security services from CMIT Solutions
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pcmall.jpgPC Mall Small Business Network Supreme Office Makeover Contest
Enter by November 30, 2010
The PC Mall Small Business Network Supreme Office Makeover contest is targeted towards small businesses with 1 to 100 employees and runs until November 30, 2010. Featuring a prize valued up to $17,500 for businesses with 11 to 100 employees and a prize valued up to $7,000 for businesses with one to 10 employees, the Makeover includes PCs, notebooks, printers, small business networking equipment, backup software and more.
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Thumbnail image for national small biz week.GIFSBA Small Business Week Awards 2011
Enter by November 12, 2010
National Small Business Week 2011 will be celebrated the week of May 15, 2011. Leading up to National Small Business Week (SBW), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), often in conjunction with public- and private-sector partners, will host special events at the local and state levels to honor and present awards to the nation’s entrepreneurs and those who support and champion small business. Many of the award winners from those local and state events will be invited to Washington, D.C. for SBW ‘11 — Celebrating National Small Business Week. See local SBA websites for entry requirements and categories.
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softwaremakeover.JPGName This Software Makeover Contest
Enter by November 14, 2010
This free contest offers the grand prize winner over $10,000 worth of marketing products and services designed to give their business a custom marketing makeover. All other entrants will receive a ‘Business Boost Package’ designed to help increase sales. This package includes free consultations, discounts and much more from companies including Infusionsoft, Postcard Mania, and the Small Business Development Center.
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laplink.JPGLaplink Laptop Giveaway
Enter by November 14, 2010
Laplink’s Laptop Giveaway features two free Lenovo® ThinkPad® Edge laptops. To enter fill out the entry form: http://www.laplink.com/laptopgiveaway, “Like” the Laplink Facebook fan page and “Follow” Laplink on Twitter. Once the entry is complete, participants can get additional entries by talking about Laplink and its products using approved keywords and interacting with the Laplink team on Facebook and Twitter.
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dreambig.jpgDream 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.
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Thumbnail image for constantcontact.jpgLaunch Lewiston-Auburn Maine Contest
Enter by January 2011
The Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council (LAEGC) and the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce have launched an entrepreneurial contest that has an ambitious goal of connecting with youth who have roots in the local community, and encouraging them to consider starting a business in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine. The program, called Launch L-A!, features a contest inviting young entrepreneurs to submit a proposal to start a business in L-A.
The winning entrepreneur will receive an equity infusion of $10,000 to $20,000 in seed money, along with a number of in-kind services for a year, including business consulting, accounting services, legal fees, advertising agency services, rent and more — all provided by Chamber members. Runners-up may also receive in-kind services. See website for entry rules.
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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 Form (We do not charge a fee to be included in this listing — it is completely free to list your award or contest.)
To find other small business awards, contests, competitions and grants, visit our Small Business Events Calendar.
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, Smallbiztechnology.com
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Laura plans and manages Smallbiztechnology's live and virtual events, including the five-city Small Business Technology Tour, now in its third year. She also produces events for clients through her event planning company, L2 Event Production. Her popular roundups of events and competitions for small businesses is published weekly on Smallbiztechnology.com and Small Business Trends.