Time to Startup!

The BizFilings blog covering business tips and trends.

Consider Entering Competitions As Part Of Your PR Plan

Published on May 20, 2010

Summary

Read 'Consider Entering Competitions As Part Of Your PR Plan' at 'Time to Start Up,' the small business blog by BizFilings.
One way to harvest some good ol' fashioned public relations opportunities, is to enter contests that gel with your goals, image and brand. Drive your efforts with what you hope the end result to be – from only wanting your photo in the local paper to being featured in a national magazine to being honored at an awards ceremony. competition award There are plenty of worthwhile competitions out there to recognize and honor your hard-earned achievements. Award ceremonies and press opportunities may follow a win so filling out the application form (and sending in the sometimes required entry fee) may be well worth it. Here are a couple of opportunities that are coming up if you’re interested:
  • 2010 Leading Moms in Business – This contest will rank the top 200 mompreneurs across the U.S. as determined by popular votes. The publicity does not carry a price tag with opportunities available for MSN, Bizjournals, ABC News NOW and so much more!
  • Entrepreneurial Winning Women Contest – Sponsored by Ernst & Young, this contest supports dynamic women entrepreneurs. To meet eligibility requirements, you must be a woman who has owned or founded your own company within the past 10 years. And you must have achieved at least $1 million in revenue in the past two years. Winners receive recognition and participate in a program to fuel growth and success. Application deadline is June 30, 2010. Find our more details from Ernst & Young.
  • Green Your Small Business Challenge – If your head is brimming with ideas about how you’d like to make your office greener, this challenge is for you. And the reward is nothing to scoff at. Staples will award eco-friendly products to the winning submissions valued at $10,000; $2,000; and $1,000. Entrepreneur Magazine and Staples have teamed up to encourage small business owners to let them know how and why they would like to make their office environments more eco-friendly. Deadline is June 4, 2010. Visit Entrepreneur for more details.
  • Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur of 2010 Awards. Tell Entrepreneur Magazine what you’re doing to leave your footprint on your employees, in your community or on your industry. And you could earn the title of Entrepreneur of 2010. Entries are due by June 15, 2010. An awards event will be held in Atlanta. Click here for more details.
Design a calendar of your own to track upcoming small business competitions in your area. If you’ve already earned some trophies for your mantle, tell us how you did it. What advice would you give to other competition seekers?