The American Business Awards have been called the “business Oscars,” and why not? Why shouldn’t salespeople and marketers and engineers and software developers and…yes, even executives, have their moment in the spotlight?
The ABAs are now in their ninth year and they recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace. There are management awards, marketing awards, new product awards, public relations awards, human resources awards, and information technology awards. There are even web site awards, video awards, event awards, and other categories that recognize all forms of creative media. The trophy that’s conferred by the ABAs is called the Stevie, and it’s made by the same company that makes the Oscar, and it’s as impressive as an Oscar.
Every year thousands of organizations across the U.S. compete for Stevie Awards in the ABAs. The winners list features household names like Walmart, Apple, and Marriott, but mostly it features small and medium-size companies that most of us have never heard of, that are doing remarkable things in their industries or their areas.
The entry deadline for the 2011 ABAs is March 31, but late entries will be accepted through April 27. If you’re interested in applying, the organizers recommend that you visit www.stevieawards.com/aba and fill out the short form on the homepage to request an entry kit be emailed to you. Or, keep reading to find out how you can win a free entry from us at BIG Marketing.
Every year more than 200 professionals participate in ABA judging, and this year’s judging begins in April. Finalists will be announced in mid-May, and the winners announced at a dinner in New York on June 20. Like the Oscars, the winners aren’t tipped off in advance, which makes for a suspenseful and entertaining evening, since Stevie winners get to make an acceptance speech.
Interested in pursuing your Oscar-like moment? Read below to find how to win a free entry from this website for a Stevie Award.
How to Win a Free Stevie Awards Entry
- Write a recommendation for our BIG Marketing blog in a public forum, online magazine, and/or social media site related to branding, online marketing, and/or social media including a link back to our blog (www.bigmarketingsmallbusiness.com)–then share it through Twitter, Digg and Facebook.
- Send a link to your public endorsement to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1st, 2011.
- The individual with the most well thought out post, along with the most share stats (i.e. Tweets, Likes, Diggs) will receive the free Stevie Awards entry from us.
Rajan is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BIG Marketing for Small Business. He's an award-winning marketing strategist who is passionate about branding, digital marketing and social media. He spent nearly a decade as the marketing executive at global IT firm Peer 1 Hosting and was instrumental in their explosive growth.