A Competition Roundup for Entrepreneurs

By Mikal E. Belicove|For Entrepreneur.com|July 19, 2011

If you’re an entrepreneur with a competitive spirit, consider vying for the plethora of recently announced contests and challenges that offer the winners hefty cash awards, startup-related services or advertising tools as top prizes.

First off is the UPS Store, which this week launched a Facebook contest promising its grand prizewinner an integrated marketing campaign valued at up to $50,000. Called “The Promotion Promotion,” the contest runs through Aug. 31, and is designed to arm small-business owners with tools to promote their business.

In addition to the grand prize, up to $3,000 in prizes will be awarded each week between now and the end of August. For the grand prize, a panel of experts will evaluate submissions, with favorable points going to an entrant’s passion for business. The UPS Store network’s advertising agency will work with the grand prizewinner to develop a marketing plan, produce advertising and run it in the appropriate media. Rules, eligibility requirements and other information just went online at The UPS Store corporate Facebook page.

Wait, there’s more. Here are three other competitions scheduled for the coming months:

2011 Avaya Small Business Innovators Contest: With an entry deadline of Aug. 30, this contest urges businesses to fill out the Avaya IP Office ROI tool and send in the results, along with a 250-word essay outlining how you’d spend the potential ROI savings to better serve…

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