5 Small Business Contests Worth Entering This Summer

If you haven’t entered a small business contest or nominated a fellow small business in a competition, you’re missing out on more than just funding, technology prizes, or free business help. Competitions and contests are a great way to create visibility, increase brand awareness, and network with other small business owners. Of course, the fat cash prizes are always nice, too.

Check out this fresh list of summer small business contests for your chance to win big.

The UPS Store – Marketing is essential for small business success, and The UPS Store is willing to help out in this effort. Drop your company name in this virtual fishbowl to win a marketing campaign worth $50,000, which includes help from advertising agency Doner. Doner will evaluate the winner’s small business needs, develop a marketing plan, create targeted advertising, and coordinate media coverage. “The Promotion Promotion” Facebook contest also features weekly prizes like an iPad 2 and gift cards from American Express, Costco, and by the contest host itself. Enter by August 31, 2011.

MacMall - Does your technology need a facelift? MacMall is running its second annual Supreme Studio Makeover awarding $25,700 in tech prizes for small businesses and creative studios. An HP 42-inch Design Jet Printer, an HP 24-inch DreamColor Display Monitor, Maya 2012 software, Microsoft Office 2011, an Apple Time Capsule, and Adobe CS5.5 are among the technology prizes. Enter by August 31,2011.

Avaya – Do you have innovative ideas floating around in your head on how to better serve your customers, suppliers, or employees? Can you compile these ideas into a 250 word spiel? If the answer to both of these questions is yes, then you stand to win a new IP Office Solution valued at $50,000 along with a $5,000 American Express Gift Card. Five small business runners-up each receive $10,000 worth of Avaya products. Enter by September 5, 2011.

Wall Street Journal – When faced with tough times, some entrepreneurs and small businesses do something innovative, creative, or cutting-edge that enables them to muddle through — and sometimes even thrive in the face of adversity. That’s the premise behind the Wall Street Journal‘s “Small Business, Big Innovation” competition. Just tell the WSJ the challenge your small business faced, the imaginative solution you dreamed up, and how it saved your company. The winner receives a signature “hedcut” plaque, aa digital badge for marketing, and a feature story in the coveted “The Journal’s Small Business Report,” due out on November 21, 2011. Enter by September 5, 2011.

Cleantech Open – Cleantech Open is looking for the best green technology idea out there and is running the world’s largest clean business technology competition. The lucky winner receives $100,000 to help grow his idea into a business startup. Enter by September 12, 2011.

Don’t forget about the monthly Intuit’s Love a Local Business Contest too.

About Liz Magill

Elizabeth Magill is a professional writer who holds an MBA. She spent over 10 years working in management in an investment firm in corporate America. Liz focuses her writing on small business, career and work, personal finance, and health. Her clients include The Motley Fool, American News Report, Profitably, WorldStart.com, LIVESTRONG.com, Healthline, and many others. She's author of multimedia App and Vook Conduct a Job Interview: The Video Guide, blogger for IFXMedical.com, and contributing writer for Intuit Small Business Blog.
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Business Signs

Signazon.com is holding a contest too for a business storefront makeover for the holidays. The contest is to help small business compete this holiday season. Just like them on Facebook and enter your business for a chance to win a ton of free signs.

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Michael A.
Michael A.

I entered the recent American Express promotion on Facebook as I was just opening my new business, and though I didn't win, the experience was eye opening and helped me determine my true value proposition. Amex required you to answer several questions about yourself and the business you run, and whether intentionally or not these questions made me come up with answers that proved very important to guiding me along the right path. It was a win-win anyways!

Rebecca King
Rebecca King

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