Small Business Awards You Should Apply for NOW! Deadlines are Approaching...

Awards and recognition are great ways for businesses, whether you are an established corporation or a small start up, to generate positive PR and lend credibility to your brand.

Deadlines for many business awards are approaching. It’s a good idea to do some research before applying. Each organization offering awards has varying application processes, fees and qaulifying criteria. Here is a short list. 1. National Small Business Week Awards have several categories, including Small Business Person of the Year. Cost*: Free.

2. DREAM BIG Blue Ribbon/Small Business of the Year Award organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. There is one winner, seven regional finalists and 100 Blue Ribbon honorees. Prizes include $10,000 cash. Cost: $25 for U.S. Chamber members; $150 for nonmembers.

3. SCORE Awards organized by SCORE, a non-profit association that has been supporting small businesses across the country for nearly 50 years. Cost: Free.

4. Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year is given on both a national and regional level. Cost: Free.

5. The Network Journal Annual Influential Black Women in Business Awards. DEADLINE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2015

6. 1st Annual Black Business Week (Conference and Business Awards)

7. The Stevie Awards -The World's Premier Business Award Competitions. Entry Kit Available in January.

8. Central Pa Business Journal Nonprofit Innovation Awards. Nominations are currently being accepted.

9. Smart CEO Philadelphia Future 50 Awards. Nominations are currently being accepted.

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