There are so many opportunities for small businesses to not only get more national exposure, but to also win some significant money to further their businesses. Here are 3 upcoming events that you may want to get in on.
Martha Stewart American Made Awards
The Martha Stewart American Made Awards is an annual contest that promotes artisan businesses in a variety of categories from toys to fashion to food to textiles. Hundreds will be nominated as finalists and featured on their website (great to use as a credential for your business) and last year’s winner received a trip for two to New York City to attend the American Made event; a spot in their American Made Market; $10,000 to grow their business; a video produced by Martha Stewart’s in-house team; and a feature in Martha Stewart Living magazine, on SiriusXM radio, and on their website. The contest deadline is typically in mid September, but they usually start looking for nominations as early as June. One of my clients, Half Pint Ink Studio was a finalist last year!
The Wells Fargo Works Project
Until June 30th, 2015, you can enter your business in the Wells Fargo Works Project. Five winners will be chosen to receive mentorship and $25,000 for their business. The five winners will be selected from a pool of 25 finalists who will each receive $1,000. You can enter the contest one of two ways; either by submitting a video (up to 2½ minutes long) or a written essay (up to 600-words) that responds to the five questions below, along with one photograph that is representative of your business or you, the business owner.
- Why did you decide to start your business?
- What is your business’ mission or purpose?
- What is the biggest business challenge you face today?
- What are the business opportunities you want to take advantage of in the next 2 to 5 years?
- How would mentorship and $25,000 help you address your challenge and achieve your goals?
Small Business Revolution
For the Small Business Revolution contest, someone simply has to nominate your business and tell why they feel it is special. It can be an employee, a customer or even a family member. The winning business will be selected by Robert Herjavec from the “Shark Tank” and a panel of experts from Deluxe.com. The nominees will be judged on a few criteria:
- Involvement in and impact on the local/regional community
- Commitment to employees’ needs and well-being
- Demonstrating a “personal touch”
- Fulfilling a unique need in the marketplace
- Inspiring others
The deadline is October 31, 2015.
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