NFIB Summit

Here’s an interesting challenge. Make a 30 second video which answers the question “Why does small business work for America?” and you could be on your way with an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C.

The prize includes participating in the 2008 National Small Business Summit, June 8-11, where, the organizers say “you can interact with business leaders, entrepreneurs and policymakers to share your experiences and find new ideas to boost your business”. Oh, and there’s a $5,000 cash award too. And staying at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.

Sponsors of the Small Business Works for America Video Contest are the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and eBay.

The selection process is: initial review, then entries posted on YouTube for you and others to rate them, then a selection of semi-finalists and an overall winner, by a panel of judges.

Criteria are:

Originality (50 percent)

Overall creativity (25 percent)

How well the video answers the “Why Does Small Business Work for America?” question (25 percent)

Guidelines include:

1. Exciting, passionate, fun, modern, smart, cool, adventurous and entrepreneurial.

2. Video can be in any style: live action, animated, etc.

3. Take risks. Be fresh.

The objective is that when people have watched your video they should be “intrigued enough to visit the NFIB site and find out more”.

To participate, you do not have to be a small business owner, but you do have to be a “legal resident” of the United States.

The Small Business Works for America Video Contest opened on April 1 and entries can be submitted till May 15, 2008.

Note: I have no involvement with NFIB or in the contest. The NFIB asked me to publicize the contest and it looked like something some people would want to know about. If you decide to participate and your video is selected to go on the contest YouTube site, please leave a comment here to let us know.

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