It’s time to enter the 2018 American Small Business Championship!

Grow your business with the chance to win cash and business training opportunities in the 2018 American Small Business Championship. We are accepting entries to find the best small businesses in the nation until February 7th, 2018.

Three grand prize winners will receive $15,000 each, courtesy of Sam’s Club.

In addition, two winners from each state and the District of Columbia will win a trip to the National Training and Networking Celebration in Reno, Nevada, April 23-26, 2018, where they’ll receive small business training and mentorship.

Current SCORE clients also have the chance to win one of 11 SCORE Awards at the SCORE Awards Gala September 13, 2018. All entrants receive major national publicity.

Meet the 2017 American Small Business Championship Grand Prize Winners

  • Competitive Edge Sports Performance Program empowers youth athletes with training sessions, clinics and camps. Owner Monte Evans was inspired to start the business after spending time at the Junior Olympics, where he saw hundreds of youths passionate about training and participating in sports. Evans says his SCORE mentor helped him brainstorm off-hours programming ideas, and he now looks forward to adding programs for adult athletes. Other SCORE resources, like recorded webinars, helped Evans better navigate common challenges his small business was experiencing, like revenue streams and health savings accounts.
  • In 1996, single parent Gina Grillo started a small business to support her two daughters. Ten years later, she was forced to put her business aside when she contracted Lyme disease. After surviving the struggle, Grillo developed Grillo’s Essential Insect Repellant, inspiring a rebrand of her business in 2015 and a desire to help others prevent the disease she had experienced. She credits her SCORE mentor and SCORE resources with helping boost Grillo Essentials’ sales 295 percent from April to July 2016. Grillo relied on SCORE for guidance with a range of issues, including growth management, local networking and social media strategies.
  • U.S. Air Force veteran Gary Peterson launched One Community Auto to help nonprofits raise money through vehicle donations. The business re-envisions the donation model by accepting and then refurbishing the vehicles. One Community Auto sells the refreshed vehicles to retail customers, creating a higher donation value for the recipient nonprofit. To learn how to turn his idea into a business, Peterson attended a number of SCORE chapter workshops and webinars designed for startups, nonprofits and veterans. Peterson also sought the support of a SCORE mentor, who helped validate and provided strategic direction for the vision that became a thriving business.

How to Enter the 2018 American Small Business Championship

Enter the American Small Business Championship by answering this question in a written or video response:

“What makes your business one of the best small businesses in your community?”

Learn how to enter, and then submit your entry by 5:00 p.m. EST on February 7, 2018. Visit the contest website for the official rules.

SCORE will announce the winners of the three American Small Business Championship $15,000 Grand Prizes and the SCORE Awards at the annual SCORE Awards Gala on September 13, 2018.

Good luck!

About the Author(s)

Bridget Weston Pollack

Bridget Weston Pollack is the Vice President of Marketing & Communications at the SCORE Association.

Vice President of Marketing & Communications, SCORE
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