According to the contest organizers, “Small businesses are the economic engine of the United States, driving growth, innovation and employment across the nation. To honor the entrepreneurial spirit of business owners and spotlight the success of these unsung American heroes, Dell, MasterCard and Microsoft are teaming together to search for America’s Favorite Small Business.”
The contest, which runs for 13 weeks, invites small businesses to submit a short video explaining why they should be America's Favorite Small Business (AFSB) and claim the $75,000 prize package.
Get inspired by one of our industry’s own original small businesses — OPI. OPI’s Suzi Weiss-Fischmann filmed a video explaining how OPI started as a small business and how even though the company has grown, it’s still run as a small family business.
The competition includes five phases. The first phase is the one you need to be concerned about now! If you’re a business with 25 or fewer employees, you need to create a short video explaining why you should be America’s Favorite Small Business. You need to upload your video via YouTube by September 11.
Once all videos are submitted a select panel of Dell, MasterCard, and Microsoft judges will filter all the entries down to the best 10 submissions. Then from September 19-October 26, people around the country will be invited to vote for their favorite small business.
The finalist with the most votes will be announced on October 27 and the winning company will appear in a professionally produced web-based reality makeover show about their business. In addition, the winning company will win $25,000 in Dell solutions and Microsoft software suited to their unique needs and a $50,000 MasterCard prepaid card to be applied toward business expenses and supplies. The other nine of the 10 AFSB competition finalists will receive a $1,000 Dell gift card.
How great would be if a nail salon could be awarded America’s Favorite Small Business? Get working on those videos! Click here to enter. (If you're selected a finalist, make sure to e-mail me so we can get the nail industry to rally behind one of our own and help vote you AFSB!)