Countdown – 5 Days to Chicago’s Elevator Pitch Contest – Win $$ – 2 other Major Events

Update 6/12: Elevator Pitch Deadline Extended to this Friday at 5pm!

Here’s our Elevator Pitch. What’s yours?
“Enter our contest to explain and sell your business in 30-60 seconds and you will receive expert feedback and maybe share in $8,500 in cash – TV appearances – and free expert mentoring.”

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Elevator Pitch Plus Contest. Deadline June 9th

Enter Here

(Sponsored by SCORE Chicago)

Register here to attend a FREE Elevator Pitch video workshop hosted by SCORE Chicago, 6/20

SCORE Chicago: (312) 353-7724, www.scorechicago.org

Join our Business Expo Partners, The Chicago Innovation Awards for this seasons kick off event this Thursday at Threadless.

 Business Plan Competition Continues!

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Submit a two-page executive summary and you are automatically entered to win a share of $10,000. For details click here.

 REGISTER for our free Workshops.

Goldman Sachs

Applications now open for 10,000 Small Businesses

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is now accepting applications for the Fall, 2013 cohort. All interested entrepreneurs in the metro Chicago market are invited to apply for our education program which was designed to help you grow your business. And, the program is free!

The program is designed for owners of small businesses with revenues between $150,000 and $4 million in 2012; business in operation for at least two years; and, at least four employees.

For more information, please visit www.ccc.edu/smallbiz

Full details and instant entry at www.chicagocitytreasurer.com

Good luck!

Richard

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Free Seminar on How Social Media Can Help Your Business!

Once again, the City Treasurer’s Office and Constant Contact are teaming up to recognize your small business’ efforts and success with online marketing in the Third Annual Email Marketing & Social Media Contest.

Four free educational seminars will be offered to help you learn how Email Marketing & Social Media Marketing can help your business.

Register for the next event  on Tuesday, January 29th at the Chicago Cultural Center.  See the details below. HAPPY 2013.

Agenda*:

8:15 am – 8:45 am – Registration

8:45 am – Noon – Presentations:

* Agenda is subject to Change & Additions

Social Media Marketing Made Simple

This is not Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn 101. Instead, this session will cover some of the strategies and best practices to get the most out of your social media activities including time management and measuring the return of your activities. We will talk about what social media marketing really is, how to incorporate it into your business life without losing productivity and look at how other businesses are using these low-cost tools to gain visibility, develop relationships and drive sales and response.
We will discuss the various social media outlets that are available, how they interact together and ways to leverage their inherent strengths and to evaluate them for best use for your business or organization

Steve Robinson – Constant Contact – Social Media Marketing Made Simple

Social Media for Sales Success

We’ll address strategies and tactics for the small business owner, sales and marketing professional looking to tap into the full potential of social networks to create new profitable connections and generate leads. You will learn how to find your targets, how to build relationships through compelling content and dialogue and how to convert these new relationships into vetted leads. We will look at tools, tips, hacks, best practices and checklists that will help you build a process and a routine to do the most with your precious social media time.

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Got an email newsletter or social media campaign that you’re proud of-whether recent, or soon to launch-to promote your business? Send it in for consideration! It could mean great rewards for your business. Any small business can enter their email or social campaign.*
*You don’t have to use Constant Contact to enter
You could win your share of
$7,000 in cash prizes
$10,000 in free Constant Contact accounts
And more
What: Chicago City Treasurer’s Online Marketing Contest Educational Event Series -Social Media Marketing Made Simple -Social Media for Sales SuccessWhen: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 from 8am to 12pm

 
Where: 
Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington
Garland room
Chicago, IL 60602

Tweeting about the Online Marketing Contest? Use hashtag #CTCTchi

Good luck!

Richard

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It’s Small Business Week! Don’t Miss Chicago’s Small Business Expo

REMINDER FOR 2 MAJOR FREE EVENTS FOR  CHICAGO BUSINESS WEEK OCT 1-5
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Kick off Small Business Week on Monday, Oct. 1st with “Adventures in Running a Creative Business.”

We invite you to join the Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events for a one of a kind business forum for Creative Business Owners at the Chicago Cultural Center on Monday, Oct. 1st FREE
Expo 

Finish Chicago Small Week with Business Entrepreneur Expo Friday, Oct. 5th the at the U.I.C. Forum. (8:30-3:30)

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70 of Chicago’s Brighest Business Stars speaking.
130+ Vendors, and Network with over 2,500 entrepreneurs
HOT OFF THE PRESSES – GOOGLE AND TECHWEEK TO HOST BUSINESS AFTERNOON FORUM.

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Expo is grand finale of

Crain’s Small Business Week Oct. 1- Oct. 5

Dozens of Events – Thousands of Networking Opportunities

#SmallBizWeek – Let’s light up the Twitter Conversation

 

Full details from at www.chicagocitytreasurer.com

Hope to see you there!

Richard

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TV Time for Small Business Contest ENDS TONIGHT!

“TV Time for Small Business” is your opportunity to create a video to showcase your business. Thousands of leaders, movers, and shakers from the business community will see our top 3 winning entries! The deadline is this TODAY, June 15th at midnight.

June is one of the hottest months for Chicago Small Business. Many of those who have it “Made in the Shade,” are successful because they have a great business plan. Attend free business plan writing workshops and enter our Chicago Business Plan Competition. Deadline is Friday, July 6th at 4:30 p.m.

We hope to see you Friday at “The Business Event,” and also plan on attending TECHWEEK Friday, June 22- Tuesday, June 26th.

TVTIME

In partnership with Score – Chicago, The Office of the City Treasurer is proud to offer Chicago Business Owners the opportunity to earn FREE TV TIME and share in $8,500 in cash prizes by telling us “What makes your business exceptional?” Enter here and send a link for your YouTube Video. $5,000 1st, $2,500 2nd, and $1000 3rd cash prizes.

Full details and instant entry at www.chicagocitytreasurer.com

Good luck!

Richard

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TV Time for Small Business Win $8500 in prizes, TV exposure, and expert mentoring.

(*From ScoreChicago.org)

“TV Time for Small Business” contest co-sponsored by SCORE Chicago – we are accepting videos where local business owners tell us, “WHAT MAKES YOUR BUSINESS EXCEPTIONAL.”

Videos will be screened and judged by experts to determine who shares in $8,500 in cash prizes, wins 1 in 10 free TV slots on CAN-TV and expert business mentoring with SCORE Chicago.

If you would like to participate, please upload your 30-60 second video to “YouTube,” and then copy the link and submit it in this entry form. Please bear in mind that should your video be selected as a finalist, we will require the actual video file to be submitted.

Good Luck – Hurry contest ends at Midnight June 15th.

Interested in entering? Here is a link to get started.

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Deadline to Enter the 2012 Small Business Online Marketing Contest!

UPDATE!

*One more day! The Treasurer’s office has extended the deadline until Friday! Good luck!

Social Media Campaign Contest Registration from the Chicago City Treasurer’s Office Website…

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The City of Chicago Treasurer’s Office is recognizing excellence in Online Marketing!

We know that small businesses and organizations in Chicago spend a lot of their valuable time on marketing campaigns that look fantastic and achieve great, measureable results. That’s why we decided to honor their dedication to Email Marketing.

Remember to make sure you have approval from your company before submitting your campaign.

Entries will be judged on:

  • Originality of Concept – Does the email/campaign introduce a great new idea? (i.e. an interesting promotion or cause).
  • Polish and Appeal – Is the email/campaign easy to use and aesthetically appealing?
  • Clarity – Is the email/campaign easy to understand?
  • Effectiveness – Was the email/campaign effective and did it drive results?

The categories to be awarded are:

  • 1st Place: $2,500 + Free Constant Contact Account for a year
  • 2nd Place: $1,000 + Free Constant Contact Account for a year
  • “Rookie” Award: Free Constant Contact Account for a year
There is still time to enter!!
To enter, simply click the button below and fill out the information.  You will then upload examples/screenshots/files of your campaign, and you’re done!

Good luck!

Richard

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