About the Contest

 

Grand Prize Winners Announced Soon!

The voting has officially ended – thank you to everyone who took the time to review and vote for one of the regional winners. We had a great range of businesses in both the Entrepreneur and Startup categories and your votes have helped six entries win another $20,000!

 

The six Grand Prize winners will be announced on June 6th. Be sure to check back to find out which six entries will win an additional $20,000 and a trip to Philadelphia – where they and a guest will meet with Business Innovation Experts to discuss how to put their technology plan into action.

Grand Prize Winners

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Regional Prize Winner

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National Event for Grand Prize Winners

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Contest Timeline 2016

February 1 to March 15 Contest Entry Period
March 16 to Arpil 7 Regional Judging
April 27 Regional Winners Announced
April 27 to May 10 Online Voting of Regional Finalists
June 1 Grand Prize Winners Announced
August 12 to August 13 Grand Prize Winner Event in Philadelphia

About Voting

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Meet Our Judges

 

 

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John Jantsch

 

Marketing Concultant, Speaker,
Author of Duct Tape Marketing,
The Commitment Engine and The Referral Engine

Called the “World’s Most Practical Small Business Expert,” Jantsch trains and licenses small business marketing consultants around the world. His blog was chosen as a Forbes favorite for marketing and small business and his podcast, a top ten marketing show on iTunes, was called a “must listen” by Fast Company magazine.

 

Huffington Post calls him one of the top 100 “Must Follow” on Twitter and Forbes named Duct Tape Marketing one of the 100 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs.

 

He is the featured marketing contributor to American Express OPENForum and is a popular presenter of workshop and webinars for organizations such as American Express, Intuit, Verizon, HP, and Citrix. His practical take on small business is often cited as a resource in publications such as the Wall St. Journal, New York Times, and CNNMoney.

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Anita Campbell

 

Small Business Trends
Founder, CEO and Publisher

Anita is the Founder of Small Business Trends, and is also its CEO and Publisher. She is CEO of BizSugar.com, a social media site with over one million registered members, and CEO of TweakYourBiz.com, attracting an international audience.

 

A former corporate attorney and General Counsel, she went on to become the CEO of a technology subsidiary of Bell & Howell. Happily running her own business for the last decade, she has served on numerous Boards, including the Board of NEOSA (the technology network of COSE, Council of Smaller Enterprises); the Center for eBusiness and Information Technology at the University of Akron College of Business; and NorTech.

 

She has a B.A. degree from Duquesne University and a J.D. degree from the University of Akron School of Law. She completed an executive education program at the University of Michigan Business School.

 

She is the co-author of Visual Marketing (Wiley 2011). She maintains active commentary on small business issues on various media and Web properties.