New Contests & Awards: Brother, US Bank, Best Places to Work in CT & More – October 3

Welcome to a fresh list of awards, contests and competitions for growing companies and entrepreneurs.

There are some great contests and awards in this week’s roundup.

If you’ve entered and won a contest or award listed here, let me know so we can share your news.

This list is brought to you every other week by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com.

Road Warrior 2.0 Challenge
Enter by October 6, 2011

Hyatt Place has launched the Road Warrior 2.0 Challenge, asking real-world business travelers to help redefine today’s Road Warrior for a chance to win a head-to-toe business traveler makeover. To enter the contest, visit www.facebook.com/hyattplace and tell how you embody or define the modern day Road Warrior, and create an original, fun name for the modern day Road Warrior.

Weekly winners receive a free night at Hyatt Place, and a grand prize winner will win a complete head-to-toe business makeover to help this “Road Warrior 2.0” maximize their efficiency on the road, and have a little fun along the way.

Best Places to Work in Connecticut
Enter by October 7, 2011

This initiative, brought to you by the Hartford Business Journal, is dedicated to identifying and recognizing Connecticut’s best employers. If you think your organization has what it takes to be honored on the seventh annual “Best Places to Work in Connecticut” list, or if you simply want to learn more about this project, see website for more details.

Show Us Your Spark Small Business Boot Camp Contest
Enter by October 10, 2011

You don’t need anyone to tell you that the Great Recession walloped small businesses across the nation. But women are tougher than the times—and this contest is to honor those who have vowed to live fearlessly no matter the obstacles in their way.
To celebrate the first-ever Pennsylvania Conference for Women and Spark & Hustle Small Business Boot Camp, October 24 in Philadelphia, can give YOU a spotlight on our stage to wow an audience of 5,000 women with your small business success.

Get the Exposure You Deserve Sweepstakes
Enter through October 31, 2011

Alpha Pixel Media is giving away 3 great digital marketing prizes for small businesses to boost their traffic and increase their Facebook “likes” and Twitter “follows.” The Grand Prize is a custom Facebook Landing Page Tab design for their Page. Second Place wins a custom Twitter background. Third Place wins a brief Search Engine Optimization plan for their current site.

U.S. Bank “Look Up with US” $15,000 Challenge
Enter by November 15, 2011

U.S. Bank is asking the question: “Why is your business looking up?” Reply via the app at Facebook.com/usbank, and you’ll be entered to win up to $15,000. Your company also gets free publicity. Your entry will be displayed on the Facebook page along with your logo/photo and contact information.

Tweet-to-Win Contest with Brother & Startup Nation
Enter through December 9, 2011

StartupNation has partnered with Brother to bring you the Tweet To Win contest, in which you can respond to a burning small business question for the chance to win a Brother P-touch labeler, absolutely free!

Small business owners/workers are encouraged to participate and tweet their responses (using #brothersun). Then every other Friday, a winner is selected at random and wins a Brother P-touch labeler. See website for details and the latest question.

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 Events & Contests Submission Form. (We do not charge a fee to be included in this listing.) Only events of interest to small business people, freelancers and entrepreneurs will be considered and included.

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.

[photo credit: Shorts and Longs Flickr]

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About Laura Leites

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.