10 Days Left to Enter 2011 Business Plan Competition for $10,000

One simple message – but an important one. As of today only 8 days to enter a 3 page template to compete in our annual business plan contest for $10,000 in cash prizes. JULY 1ST DEADLINE

(businessplans@cityofchicago.org for help)

Enter our contest using the official Business Plan Entry Template

Click below, for complete information and frequently asked questions

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Exhibitor Space Filling Fast – 2011 Small Business Expo

Please save the date. Friday, Oct. 7th for the 2011 Expo. Chicago’s biggest day for small business.  Only 2 sponsorships left – this will be the biggest year ever! (businessplans@cityofchicago.org for help)

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Stephanie Neely Treasurer Contact: Public Affairs

(312) 744-8122

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Business Plan Contest and Free Workshops! Small Business Expo 2011

City Treasurer Announces “Business Plan Contest” 

and Free Workshops! 

Expo Exhibitor and Sponsorship Reservations can be taken

FREE Business Plan Writing Workshops
We are offering four FREE evening seminars to help you turn your business idea into a business plan.
 

5/25 – Harris Bank
6/1 – CCV
6/8 – Near West Side / Mabel Manning Library
6/15 – Chatham Business Association

2011 Business Plan Contest Launches!
 Chatham Business Association
Do you think you have a winning business plan? ENTRY DEADLINE JULY 1st.
plan?  Enter our contest to find

Expo

2011 Small Business Expo

Friday, Oct. 7th

UIC Forum

Paid Reservations for Expo sponsorship and booth space are being accepted.

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Office of the City Treasurer

Stephanie Neely Treasurer Contact: Public Affairs

(312) 744-8122

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ANNOUNCEMENT FREE Chicago Business Expo 2011!

City of Chicago Treasurer's Office
Spring Small Business Highlights

Stephanie D. Neely

Treasurer
City of Chicago
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Small Business Expo will be Held October 7th at U.I.C. Forum
The City Treasurer’s Office is proud to announce Friday, October 7th as the date for the 2011 Expo. Our 130 exibitor booths will sell out fast, and you may reserve yours by emailing businessplans@cityofchicago.org

Watch for updates at:
www.chicagocitytreasurer.com

The “One-Hour-Mentor” Program for Chicago Small Business
One of our most popular programs returns! Hurry this event always fills fast. Chicago business leaders will join 80 Chicago Small Business Owners on Friday, May 13th at 10am in the loop. The one hour brainstorming and problem solving session is free but you must sign up via businessplans@cityofchicago.org
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ATTENTION SMALL BUSINESS! Google just told you to get on Facebook!

GOOGLE + FACEBOOK = SMB EDGE!

Google announced on its Twitter account that public status updates from Facebook are now showing up on Google searches via the company’s new real-time search feature, first announced in Dec. (Updates that aren’t tagged for public consumption will not show up.) The algorithm now pulls in real-time blog postings, tweets and MySpace updates.
~from Cynopsis.com

Remember, Google is heavily taking location into account! Combine that with this announcement and you’ve just dramatically elevated your online presence if you’re posting on Facebook AND you’ll increase your visibility exponentially if your Facebook friends share your stuff! *Just remember to tag your biz related updates as “Public.”

Good luck,

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Chicago Small Business Expo Updates: $10K Biz Plan Competition, FREE One-Hour Mentor Seminars

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We hope 2010 is off to a great start for you.  We are already planning our 2010 Small Business Expo – and proud to announce the Business Plan Competition is underway! $10,000 in Cash Prizes

The 10 finalists will be named in April and  the top three winners of the Business Plan contest will be announced a the City Treasurer’s Small Business Expo.  The Business Plan Competition gives entrepreneurs and start-ups the opportunity to submit a 2 page written executive summary and win money and prizes that consist of resources and mentoring sessions critical to a new business.  Competitors will have until Monday, April 5th to enter.  Full details
http://www.chicagocitytreasurer.com/AnnouncementRetrieve.aspx?ID=39018

Act now by signing up for one of our series of FREE- Business Plan Writing Workshops announced in support of Business Plan Competition.

Also, FREE- One-Hour Mentor seminars have been announced allowing small business owners to brainstorm with Chicago Business Leaders.  A free forum to advise and consult Chicago Small Business Owners.  Registrations are now being accepted on our site (these fill up fast).

Soon to be officially announced- “Elevator Pitch Contest” Can you explain and sell your business in 30 seconds? A concise-convincing “Elevator Pitch” is key to networking and success.

Please save the date – Small Business Expo – Friday, July 16th at the UIC Forum.

Quick reminder: Chicago Money Smart Week – April 16-23rd (Over 500 free money management classes expected)

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Creating Web Video That’ll Work for Your Business

It’s no secret anyone can create & upload web video to their site, Youtube or other sites easily, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Here are 3 key points to consider to help keep your videos fresh, interesting and effective followed by a great discussion by some of the pros on creating videos for business.

  1. Don’t ONLY create videos to increase your chances of being found. Have specific business objectives (a strategy) in addition to SEO such as:
    • Improve your customer service by posting how to videos.
    • Added value to current clients with “tips” videos.
    • Go viral – worth mentioning because, while getting millions of views on Youtube is possible, it’s really a practical goal.
  2. Stay on brand. “Premiere” products will want to pay special attention to quality and serious brand will have to avoid silly or tacky subjects.
  3. How many can you make? Creating videos takes time! Try to create a system where you shoot a couple at once so you can post them over time or get into the habit of shooting quick videos throughout your week. This will help you keep your content fresh and new!

Check out this podcast! Starting at 45min 15seconds begins a great discussion of how different businesses can use video. Thi is also a great  example of the discussion every business owner should be having before they start producing videos for their business!

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What if your Iphone drove your car, what to do if people hate you online, and when all else fails put pets in your video!

TWIM (This Week In Media) is a podcast that focuses on the present and future of web video from tv shows, to movies and even how businesses are using web video for self promotion.

Already posting videos for your business? Share them in the comments! Maybe they’ll make it into our next Cheap & Easy Web Video You Can Do Too!

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