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The New York Times Make Your Pitch Contest

7 May

If you are an entrepreneur with a new business or a breakthrough business idea,the New York Times wants to meet you.

Send your pitch on video. Introduce your product or service, your marketing plans, your customer base. Explain what makes your business different — why it is one to watch? Do you need capital? If so, how much and what for? Most important, how are you going to make money? For more suggestions on how to draft your pitch, please watch the video below.

New York Times video

All video pitches that meet the submission guidelines will be featured on The New York Times small-business Facebook page.

Once your video is ready, you can upload it to YouTube and send a link to MakeYourPitch@nytimes.com. And for full rules and instructions, please click here.

Contest ends August 29, 2012

Start your own e-commerce business in minutes with Shopify!

10 Jun
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Want to own your own online store?

Etsy is cool and so is Ebay but have you heard of Shopify?

Shopify is the most elegant, customizable and affordable hosted e-commerce platform available. It allows you to set up an incredible  online store in minutes, and you can sell just about anything. You can easily organize your products, customize your storefront, use your own domain, accept credit card payments, track and respond to orders, and they host it all for you. Even if you already have a physical storefront, your online shop is open 24/7, open for business to the entire world. Imagine the increased opportunities and revenue you can earn by broadening your business, and do it with just a few clicks.

Shopify is extremely easy to use. You don’t need a web designer, developer, or technical expertise to get your site up and running, and managing it is a breeze. Simply select a Shopify theme that suits your style, and add your products. It’s that simple. If you happen to get stuck, every Shopify store comes with helpful, friendly and fun support team to help you along the way. In addition to technical support, Shopify e-commerce gurus are at your disposal; ready to help you make the most out of your online store and maximize your business potential. This group of highly trained e-commerce experts provides hints, tips, and incentives for effectively reaching your business goals.

Shopify is full of great features:
Fully customizable- easily reflect your brand the way you want to
Content Management- made easy with our slick user interface
Store Analytics- track and view your customer activity
Promotions- Coupon codes, A/B testing, and sales
Security- Hosted on the world’s safest and most reliable servers, with free unlimited bandwidth
Support- technical and ecommerce; we’re here to help in every way
App store- take your store to the next level with integrated applications

From the stay at home mom selling handmade knitwear, to companies like Angry Birds, Tesla Motors, Foo Fighters, and even not-for-profits like Amnesty International, over 12,000 stores use Shopify.

Shopify offers a completely risk free 30 day trial for everyone who signs up. So go ahead and test out that online business idea you’ve always wondered about- it could change your life.

HOT TIP

Shopify currently has a contest going on that could win you a lot of money.
There are some serious prizes here – grand prize $100,000, and $20,000 prizes for product-specific winners. There are also small prizes for the first 2,500 to sign up, like business books and ad credits.

Enter the contest here  http://www.shopify.com/contest 

National Association for Moms in Business Grant Competition!

12 May
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Business grant competition via crowdfunding to give mom entrepreneurs a better chance at launching a new or current business project. All participants win a half-page feature in Moms In Business Magazine, publicity on peerbackers.com and momsinbusinessgrant.com, and a $2,000 publicity toolkit from PRNewswire. When the crowdfunding competition ends, all grant applicants who raised 80% or more of their funding goal will become semi-finalists. A team of mom executives and entrepreneurs will judge each application to determine the $10,000 Grand Prize Grant Package winner. Competitors must be a member of NAFMIB.

Competition ends June 15, 2011

Enter here  http://mibn.org/site.php/spgs/read/momsinbusinessgrant-about

Hey Rhode Island Entrepreneurs–there’s 150k in Prizes Up for Grabs!

12 Dec
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The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition is the leading community-supported business plan competition in the Northeast, supported by private businesses, colleges and universities, public entities, and nonprofit organizations.

Established in 2000, the Competition aims to further develop the entrepreneurial spirit in Rhode Island and help create growth companies that will increase local employment.

The Competition encourages plans for new businesses, as well as from early stage companies. An early stage, or seed stage, company typically is at the inventor stage where there is an idea, a concept, or even a product, but little or no income has been generated yet.

Winners and finalists will share more than $150,000 in prizes.

Applications to the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition must be submitted online and may be submitted at any time, but no later than by 5 p.m. Eastern time on April 4, 2011.

For more information please visit http://www.ri-bizplan.com

New York Entrepreneurs…Win $15K to Start a Business!!!

19 Nov
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The New York Public Library, with its sponsor, Citi Foundation, announces the New York StartUP! 2011 Business Plan Competition for New York-based startup entrepreneurs with cash prizes totaling over $30,000.

The second annual New York StartUp! gives aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to bolster their business acumen. Competition is open to those who are 18 years of age or older; live in Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island as a legal resident or U.S. citizen; and wish to start a business in Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island.

1st Place Award: $15,000. 2nd Place Award: $ 7,500. 3rd Place Award: $ 5,000. 4th Place Award: $ 1,500. 5th Place Award: $ 1,500.

Entry Deadline: December 20th 2010

For more information visit http://ny-startup2011.myreviewroom.com/

Win $5000 in marketing and other fabulous prizes!!!!!

13 Oct

Win Over $5,000 of FREE Marketing from PostcardMania & Women PowerUp, a 3 Month Membership from ShoeDazzle.com and a Rebecca Minkoff Handbag!

PostcardMania wants to hear your story
Just for sharing, you have a chance to win an ultimate marketing makeover for your business, and a couple fabulous things for yourself.

The contest is simple. Postcardmania wants to reward women who strike the balance between work and life. As women business owners, you’ve walked the line and deserve some recognition.

It’s FREE to enter, just answer the question on their website at  http://www.postcardmania.com/fabulous/ and you are on your way to winning a fabulous prize!

Criteria:

• Must be in business for 2 or more years
• Minimum revenue of $50,000/year
• Business must be majority owned by a woman

Contest voting ends November 12, 2010 at 11:59 pm EST.

For more information on Postcardmania (our new favorite company) visit www.postcardmania.com.
 

Do you want to win free office space for a year?

20 Sep
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Enter Regus’ “Show us your office” contest at http://www.showusyouroffice.com/

Contestants can enter a photo or video of their current, less-than-ideal workplace, and site viewers will be able to vote for the entry most deserving of a new office. The 10 entries with the most votes will proceed to the final round of judging. One lucky winner will receive a year of fully furnished, fully equipped office space at any of Regus’ more than 400 U.S. locations. Nine runner-ups will receive Virtual Office Plus packages from Regus, allowing them to work more productively on the go.

GoodLuck!!!

Michigan is offering up to $500k for your start-up…enter contest now!!!

15 Sep
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Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is an international business plan competition which highlights Michigan as a robust and vibrant venue for innovation and business opportunity. The competition fuels innovation-based business growth by uncovering the best and brightest new business concepts from local and global entrepreneurs, exposing those opportunities to potential investment capital and fostering their growth within Michigan.

The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition targets mid-to-late-stage business start-ups with potential to generate an immediate impact on Michigan’s economy, as well as student concepts with longer-term business viability.

With more than $1 million in cash winnings, plus in-kind awards of services, staffing and software, the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is the world’s largest business plan competition.

Currently 2 competitions being held (both have an entry fee):

Eligibility

The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is open to any early stage business — from anywhere in the world.  With the exception of the “People’s Choice” and “Tweet” awards, prize winners must have the winning business registered and located in the state of Michigan. For winners not currently located in the state of Michigan to receive the award you must locate your business in Michigan.

Although any business can apply, Accelerate Michigan is targeted at seed-stage innovation-based businesses.  They define seed-stage as: you haven’t raised over $1million of investment, and don’t have more than $1million in annual revenue.

Visit http://www.acceleratemichigan.org/main.cfm?cid=2235 to learn more.

Good Luck!

New Contests for Entrepreneurs….enter now!!!

31 Jul

Here are some new contests!

The Business Card Project
Open entry deadline

MOO.com is giving away more than $250,000 worth of design services and MOO products to 500 small businesses. Each winner will receive a one-time business card redesign by a professional design team and 50 free Business Cards from MOO. Check out a great “before and after” on the site.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business
Enter by August 31, 2010

Women entrepreneurs, executives and organizations are eligible to enter in 54 different categories. Request an entry kit via online form.

Vistaprint Make an Impression Contest
Enter by September 4, 2010

How do you impress your customers? Tell Vistaprint and enter to win a customized marketing campaign crafted by their in-house creative experts to promote your business and a $600 gift certificate to HP for a total prize package of $10,000!

The Franchise Council Contest
Enter by September 6, 2010

A nationwide contest for business owners interested in an initial launch of franchising his/her business. The winner will receive $87,000 in business services . The Franchise Council (TFC) in partnership with Franchise Brokers Association (FBA), an industry association, will manage the contest that runs from June 1 – September 6, 2010.

New Ideas Contest
Enter by September 20, 2010

Winners will be announced at the Small Business Innovation Summit and Expo in Charleston on Nov. 3. The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 of seed money for his or her business idea, a scholarship to a FastTrac entrepreneurial training program, tickets to the Small Business Innovation Summit and Expo and a Dream Team of Mentors to help cultivate the idea.

Five first place prizes of $2,500 will be awarded in the categories of Bio-Science, Software/Information Technology, Engineering, Environmental Sustainability and Wild Card. Each winner will receive a scholarship to FastTrac and tickets to the Small Business Innovation Summit and Expo. There will be five $1,000 honorable mention prizes distributed as well as in each category.

Vistaprint Make an Impression Contest
Enter by September 4, 2010

How do you impress your customers? Tell Vistaprint and enter to win a customized marketing campaign crafted by their in-house creative experts to promote your business and a $600 gift certificate to HP for a total prize package of $10,000!

ACCO Brands Everyday Heroes Contest
Enter by October 31, 2010

What is an Everyday Hero? It’s a person who knows how to use his/her office tools to make things run smoothly; a person to whom everyone turns to pull it all together in a pinch; an individual who quietly gets the job done — often without being recognized. Everyday Heroes can enter the contest now at accoheroes.com. ACCO Brands will award a grand prize of $1,000 redeemable at office product dealers to one winner in each of three categories — business, home/home office and school.


Have an Idea for a marketing firm?? then listen up, there’s a million dollars up for grabs .

8 Jul

MDC Partners, the holding company based in Toronto that owns agencies like Crispin Porter & Bogusky and Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal & Partners, has just recently introduced a “Million-Dollar Challenge.”

Entrepreneurs are invited to submit business plans for agencies in any area of marketing communications.

MDC will review the submissions, choose at least one plan from among 10 finalists and invest $1 million in starting it up in exchange for a 51 percent stake in the new shop (giving up 51 percent of the company means you will not have control of the company. Effective control rests with the majority stakeholder, so make sure you are okay with that before you proceed).

The sole criteria for submitting a plan is that “you do brilliant work, you want to make brands famous and you want to drive results for clients.”

Please send proposals to MDC at this e-mail address: startup@mdc-partners.net.

For more information you can visit www.mdc-partners.net

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