Small business owners, win $10,000!

14 03 2010

I’ve previously written about the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s “It’s Time for Business” campaign to promote regional economic recovery. And recently, the Chamber released another innovative opportunity for small businesses in their “It’s Time for Business with Office 2010 Video Contest.” The contest is part of an ongoing effort by the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and Microsoft Corporation to help small businesses increase productivity and profits through technology training and tools.

$10,000 is on the line for the best video/grand prize winner, with $1,000 each going to the best foreign language video winner and best video by a woman-owned business. Submissions will be judged on five criteria: originality, creativity, concept, information, and overall presentation. The contest deadline is Aprill 22, 2010. No purchase is necessary, you just have to be a small business in Washington state with seven full-time employees or fewer. (But just in case, here are the official contest rules.) [Disclosure: I’m currently working with the Chamber on some of their policy initiatives.]

Why not give it a try? No video experience is required, but you will need to take a few steps to enter the contest. With a $10,000 jackpot, it just might be worth you while. Get your camera rolling, “it’s time for business!”

Photo courtesy of Fabiofco.

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