Search for America’s Favorite Small Business

ROUND ROCK, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Small businesses are the economic engine of the United States, driving growth, innovation and employment across the nation. To honor the entrepreneurial spirit of business owners and spotlight the success of these unsung American heroes, Dell, MasterCard and Microsoft are teaming together to search for “America’s Favorite Small Business.” This 13- week contest invites small businesses to submit a short video explaining why they should be America’s Favorite Small Business (AFSB) and claim the $75,000 prize package.

Regardless of industry or location, small businesses today look to technology both as a means for company growth and as a way to increase productivity. Recognizing that technology adoption is a key driver of small business success, the finalist with the most votes for their video will win $25,000 in Dell solutions and Microsoft software suited to thei

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r unique needs and a $50,000 MasterCard prepaid card to be applied toward business expenses and supplies. The winner will also be awarded the opportunity to promote their business through their own web reality show on Dell’s YouTube channel. The other nine of the 10 AFSB competition finalists will receive a $1,000 Dell gift card.

The competition will roll out in five phases, including:

  • Phase I: Launch & Submit – Aug. 15-Sept. 11 – Businesses with 25 or fewer employees can create a short video explaining why they should be America’s Favorite Small Business, and upload the video via YouTube (www.Dell.com/AFSB).
  • Phase II: Judging Process – Sept. 12-Sept. 18 – A select panel of Dell, MasterCard and Microsoft judges will filter all entries down to the best ten submissions.
  • Phase III: Finalists Voting – Sept. 19-Oct. 26 – People around the country are invited to begin voting for their favorite small business.
  • Phase IV: Announce Winner – Oct. 27
  • Phase V: Makeover Reality Show – Oct. 27-Nov. 13 – The winning company will appear in a professionally produced web-based reality show about their business.

The Dell prize package includes solutions specifically designed for small businesses. All of the PCs will come loaded with Windows 7 Professional Edition and Office 2010 Home and Business. The MasterCard prepaid card provides small business owners the ability to streamline and automate their payments processes; pay everyday bills, including rent, utilities and other suppliers; make investments in infrastructure; and take advantage of MasterCard features and benefits.

“We are pleased to work with Dell on this program to empower small businesses by providing Microsoft Windows and Office on these top of the line PCs,” said Nick Parker, vice president of Worldwide OEM Marketing of Microsoft. “This software gives small businesses the freedom to do it all – at work, at home, virtually anywhere work happens.”

“Dell was founded on the same entrepreneurial spirit that drives small business owners to pursue their passions, and we are proud of those roots,” said Mel Parker, Vice President and General Manager of Dell Consumer and Small Office, North America. “By delivering products and solutions specifically designed for small businesses, Dell helps entrepreneurs do and achieve more with technology.”

“At MasterCard, we celebrate the spirit of enabling small businesses to succeed and, in the process, spurring innovation, employment and economic growth,” said Eugene DeSilva, vice president, Product Management, U.S. Commercial Products, MasterCard Worldwide. “Our participation in this program reinforces an ongoing commitment to offer small businesses innovative payment solutions that help them efficiently manage and grow their business.”

About Dell

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELLNews) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. For more information, visit www.dell.com.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (D.C.), 18 YEARS AND OLDER WHO ARE A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER OR APPOINTED BY A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER AND WHO DID NOT PURCHASE ANY EQUIPMENT FOR PURPOSES OF ENTERING THE CONTEST. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Enter Contest by: 9/11/11. For Official Rules and prize description, visit www.Dell.com/AFSB. Sponsor: Dell Marketing U.S.A. L.P., One Dell Way, Round Rock, TX 78682. 

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About Tiffany C. Wright - The Resourceful CEO

Tiffany C. Wright is the author of “The Funding Is Out There! Access the Cash You Need to Impact Your Business” and “Solving the Capital Equation: Financing Solutions for Small Businesses.” She is the founder of The Resourceful CEO, which helps owners of small/medium-sized businesses prepare their businesses for sale. Tiffany has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, sits on non-profit boards and serves as a business mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation.
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