Let Me Nominate You: $100K Small Business Competition

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American Express, in partnership with NBC Universal, is holding a competition to “Shine A Light” on an “inspiring” small business.

I find so many of you inspiring, I’m thinking: Could it be you?

They are looking for small businesses that are:

  • Innovative
  • Give back to the community
  • Demonstrate a “customer first” mentality.

If so, they want to hear your story and you might win a $100K grant in cash and marketing support from American Express.

Registering is easy. Once you submit a nomination, there is a social media element and you need to receive a minimum of 50 “endorsements.”

The top 150 nominated stories will be evaluated by three judges: Diane Von Furstenberg, Ellen Degeneres,JJ Ramberg (the host of msnbc’s new small business show, “Your Business.”) They’ll pick three finalists who will each receive a $10,000 grant. The business featured as the one winner, chosen from among the three finalists, will receive $50,000 grant and $50,000 worth of marketing support. and, the submitters of the three finalists will each receive an American Express Gift Card valued at $3,000.

Anyhow, I can’t tell you if can nominate yourself, so find someone to nominate you or if you’re interested, post a comment and we can work together on nominating you.  And if you win, the nominator gets a $3K AmEx Gift Card, which if its me, I’ll donate to the charity of our choice. Oh, the deadline is September 13th.

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