Entrepreneur Magazine Launches 2011 Contest

Are you challenging the status quo?

Whether you are rocking the business world with your innovations, making contributions to the sustainability movement, or just doing something simple in a brand new way, Entrepreneur magazine is inviting you to enter its Entrepreneur of 2011 contest.

Entrepreneur magazine is on the hunt for three category winners in its fourth annual contest. Sponsored by the UPS Store, the contest asks a simple question of entrants: how is your small business making a difference with your business by impacting their industries, employees and communities?

"Each year the competition heats up with entrepreneurs kicking old-business habits to the curb to address new market needs in innovative ways," says Amy Cosper, vice president and editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur magazine. "We'd expect nothing less from the 7.8 million small businesses brilliantly applying their ideas to everything from sustainability issues to health matters and more. The Entrepreneur of 2011 awards, while given to a select few, honor their collective efforts that create new jobs and propel us all forward."

Here’s how it works: You can enter to win the Entrepreneur of 2011 award if your business no more than 100 employees, and revenues of at least $3 million in 2010. Or you can enter to win the Emerging Entrepreneur of 2011 award if your company has no more than 12 employees and posted at least $350,000 in gross sales revenue in 2010. There’s also room for college entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurial college students can pitch their business idea for a chance to win $5,000 in startup capital. You have to be either an undergraduate or graduate student aged 18 to 25 to enter.

A pane of judges from Entrepreneur’s editorial department and Mail Boxes Etc. will choose the finalists based on several criteria, including business growth in terms of number of employees and annual gross sales revenue as well as impact on an industry, the community, employees and customers. Wondering what it takes to win? You can read stories and watch videos of last year’s winners here.

All three winning entrepreneurs will receive two round trip tickets within the continental U.S. and a profile in the January 2012 issue of Entrepreneur magazine. The winners will also receive a gift certificate for $500 in free services at The UPS Store, a three-year subscription to Entrepreneur magazine, and a selection of Entrepreneur Press books.

The deadline to enter is June 15, 2011.


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