Business awards can provide small business owners with incredible opportunities to obtain free publicity, as well as win cash and prizes. The increased exposure that you may receive if you become a winner or finalist can drive traffic to your website and provide valuable credibility for your business that can translate directly into new opportunities.
Throughout the year, many well-known companies, publications, non-profit organizations and trade shows hold competitions and grant awards. Here’s a list of some great opportunities for both prizes and recognition.
Opportunity Green OG25 Business Award
Enter by August 17, 2010
The OG25 Business Award recognizes promising startups that are committed to building a new green economy with initiatives in cleantech, product design, mobility, social innovation, water and resource conservation, food systems and community development. Finalists are showcased in and win complimentary registration to the Opportunity Green 2010 Business Conference. Fill out the online application to be considered.
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business
Enter by August 31, 2010
All women entrepreneurs, executives and organizations are eligible to enter. Register and fill out the online entry form. An awards banquet will honor winners on November 12, 2010 in New York City.
Vistaprint Make an Impression Contest
Enter by September 4, 2010
Share your story of how you make an impression with your customers to win this competition. After you submit your story, customers, friends and family can vote for your business. The four businesses with the most votes will receive prize packages totaling $10,000, including a customized marketing campaign and an HP gift certificate.
StartUp Nation Home-Based 100 Competition
Enter by October 1, 2010
If you’re an entrepreneur who works out of your place of residence, you’ll want to enter this annual competition that showcases the top 100 home-based businesses in the United States. There are ten categories to choose from, including most innovative; boomers back in business; greenest; most slacker-friendly; and savviest in social media. Fill out the online submission form before the deadline to participate.
ACCO Brands Everyday Heroes Contest
Enter by October 31, 2010
Submit an explanation of how office products help you to be an Everyday Hero. Enter to win in one of five categories. Grand prize winners will receive $1,000 in office supplies. Runners-up will win ACCO Brands gift baskets of products worth more than $400. Enter by submitting your description in 150 words or less.
I Am an Entrepreneur Photo Competition
Enter by December 15, 2010
Non-profit organization The Seven Fund invites entrepreneurs to share their stories in photos for this competition that showcases role-model entrepreneurs worldwide. Anyone may participate, and the competition is awarding 12 prizes, one per month, for the best photos of entrepreneurs. Monthly winners will receive a prize of $100, and one grand prize winner will receive $1,000. Enter a photo for a chance to win.
America’s Small Business Summit Dream Big Small Business Award
Enter by January 7, 2011
Sponsored by Sam’s Club, the Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award honors job creators and recognizes their contributions as drivers of economic growth. The 2011 application will become available Tuesday, September 21, 2010.
Clean Tech Open Ideas Competition
Enter by May 22, 2011
The Clean Tech Open is the world’s largest clean technology business competition. Small businesses and individuals who have cleantech ideas are encouraged to compete. One winner will receive a prize package of services worth $100,000 to help grow their business. Join the Cleantech Open community to enter.
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Originally published Jul 16, 2010, updated Aug 12, 2020