UPS today -- May 8 -- kicked off a program that seeks the best small businesses across the globe (yeah ... that's us!) -- from Alabama to Argentina and from Zimbabwe to New Zealand.
Dubbed the UPS Best “Out-of-the-Box” Small Business Contest, the program is designed for companies with annual 2006 revenues of at least $250,000 but not more than $10 million and is a way for UPS to reward small businesses using creative, innovative ideas and concepts.
Prizes for the winners range from $5,000 to $25,000 in cash, plus an IBM small business package. This is the first year that small businesses from around the world -- not just those in the United States -- are eligible to participate.
I participated in this event last year as an expert panelist speaker and it was a blast. I met so many innovative small business owners and still wear the decorative pin that one of the winners made through her business!
Will I see you there? I hope so. It's high-time we meet! First, you must register. And there is a special registration area for small business owners operating in different parts of the world. For example, here's the Chinese registration page. Once you register, I will wait to hear whether you are selected as a winner. Remember, all of you are already winners in my book!
Better hurry because contest application period ends September 1. In case you skipped the previous links, begin the online registration process here.
P.S. Just in (5/9) ... I have been asked to be a judge on the program and it's official:
The entries will be judged by an international panel of renowned small business experts, including: Laurel Delaney, President and Founder, Global TradeSource, Ltd.; Joshua Lau, Founder and CEO of YesAsia; Juan Antonio "Oso" Oseguera, editor of Entrepreneur en Español and Hayden Bradshaw, publisher and editor of Enterprise Magazine.Read the press release here. I am honored and cannot wait!