5 Tips for $5,000

5 Tips for $5,000

If you're a small business owner, you are undoubtedly acquainted with some of the stumbling blocks on the road to success. Whether your company began as a start up, or you became a partner after a company had already been established, there are plenty of challenges along the way. In the spirit of community, The Company Corporation would like to encourage entrepreneurs to share their small business tips for success with other fledgling business owners.


Contest is now closed.


Business Owners: Share 5 Small Business Tips
for a Chance at $5,000!

The Company Corporation is pleased to offer business owners a chance to win $5,000 in exchange for them sharing five lessons they learned in the trenches of starting and running their own business. Simply share your advice for business start ups or small businesses along with your name, email, website, business name, short bio and a head shot to accompany your five small business start up tips, and you will be entered for a chance to win $5,000. Your tips, company name and website will appear on The Company Corporation's website, giving you an opportunity to share your knowledge with your peers. From these entries, The Company Corporation will select a winner in March 2014.

In addition to sharing your own valuable lessons, this contest provides a valuable networking opportunity for small business owners to link up with others in their respective industries, or to pick up smart, savvy tips from other entrepreneurs in completely unrelated field. In turn, you can share this contest with others in your social circles, on your page, or even point to some of your favorite lessons learned from others.

For start ups, every piece of time-tested advice counts when you hope to make your investment a success.

How to win:

  • Submit five concise business tips for success and/or lessons learned from experiences you have had in starting up or running a company/business.
  • Entrants must include their name, email, website, business name, short bio, and a head shot to accompany their five business tips.
  • Entrants may not plagiarize other works; submissions must be composed of original content.
  • Submissions will be posted on Incorporate.com with your name, photo, and a link to your company's website.
  • All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2014.
  • Entries will be judged by a panel of The Company Corporation's Small Business Specialists. All decisions made by The Company Corporation's Judges are final and not subject to appeal.
  • Before the prize is awarded, all information submitted on the website will be verified. If ANY false or misleading information has been submitted, the participant will be disqualified without notification.
  • Limit one submission per person.
  • The winner will receive a one-time check payment in the amount of $5,000 U.S. dollars. The award check will be mailed to the address supplied by the winning candidate.

Official Rules

Eligibility

Any business owner who is at least 18 years of age as of the start date of the Entrepreneur Tips Contest (the "Contest") and a United States citizen is eligible to participate. Persons who meet the eligibility requirements and have read and agreed to these Official Rules may participate in the Contest ("Participants"). To be eligible, the Participant (alternately, "you" or "your") must meet the criteria described in these Official Rules and may not submit more than one idea. By entering the Contest, You are agreeing to be bound by these Official Rules.

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The Company Corporation ("TCC"), or TCC-affiliated companies, subsidiaries, suppliers, advertising agencies, and the families and persons living in the same household as such employees, are not eligible to participate in the Contest. The Contest is subject to all federal, state, and local laws. Void where prohibited or restricted by law or regulations.

Important Contest Dates

Contest Opens: January 1, 2014, at 12 a.m. ET

Deadline for Receipt of All Entries: March 31, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. ET

A judging panel TCC Small Business Specialists (the "Judges") will review all submissions and subjectively select one Contest winner on or about April 25, 2014. The selected Contest winner will be notified by the email address they provided. The Contest winner will be posted on incorporate.com on or about May 1, 2014. To learn the winner's name, Contestants may also send a self-addressed stamped envelope to The Company Corporation at 2711 Centerville Road, Wilmington, Delaware 19808.

Contest Closes: May 1, 2014

* The Contest winner may not assign or transfer his/her prize. Any expenses not stated herein (including, but not limited to, federal, state and local taxes or any other applicable fees or costs not expressly identified above that are related to participation in the Contest and the acceptance and/or use of the prize) are the sole responsibility of the recipient. TCC is responsible for paying all prize amounts set forth in this section.

Selection and Notification of Finalists and Winners

Judging Criteria

30% Originality and Creativity Your business tips and ideas are unique and show thought and creativeness.
30% Relativeness Your business tips and ideas are relative to the business world.
40% Inspiration Your business tips and ideas exude a feeling of inspiration and motivation.

Winners will be selected based on the subjective judgment of the Judges. All decisions of the Judges are final.

General Conditions

By participating in the Contest, you agree to be bound by these complete Official Rules and the decisions of the Judges, which are final on all matters pertaining to the Contest, and you waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Contest or these Official Rules. TCC's determination as to whether your submission potentially violates the rights of any third party is final and binding.

By entering the Contest, You represent and warrant to TCC that:

(i) you own all right, title and interest in and to the content of your submission;

(ii) your submission does not include unsuitable or offensive content;

(iii) your submission does not include any content that is in violation of third-party intellectual property rights including, but not limited to, copyrights, including music copyrights, trademarks, and rights of privacy or publicity;

(iv) you have all rights necessary to submit your ideas in accordance with these Official Rules; and

(v) all federal, state and other tax liabilities arising from this Contest will be the sole responsibility of the Contest winner. TCC, its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotions agencies, and each of their respective employees, agents and contractors shall have no liability and shall be held harmless by you for any and all damage, loss, liability or any injuries to person, business or properties, due in whole or part, directly or indirectly, by reason of your participation in this Contest, or your acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize(s) awarded hereunder to you.

Any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prize awarded, shall be resolved individually in Delaware. Any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorney's fees.

TCC, its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotions agencies, and each of their respective employees, agents, and contractors are not responsible for and shall not be liable for: (i) late, lost, delayed, misdirected, incomplete or unintelligible entries, telephone system or computer malfunctions, lost connections or transmission errors; (ii) any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by the acceptance, possession or usage of any prize or from participating in the Contest; or (iii) any printing, typographical, administrative or technological errors in any material associated with the Contest. TCC reserves the right to cancel, modify, suspend or adjust the dates of this Contest (with or without awarding any prizes) should a virus, bug, computer problem or other causes beyond TCC's reasonable control corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Contest. TCC may prohibit you from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if it determines you are attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, hacking, deception, submitting any unauthorized content, or other unfair playing practices or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other participants or TCC representatives. In the event of a dispute over the identity of a Participant, the Participant will be the registered owner of the email account from which the submission came to TCC, provided all other requirements are met. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, TCC RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEY'S FEES) TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, AND INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. By entering this Contest and if you are selected as the winner of this Contest, you expressly authorize TCC to publish your name, city and state.

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Introducing Our Winner

Elenor Snow

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Read Elenor's Tips

Forever Learning: The Elenor Snow Story

Little in Elenor Snow's background prepared her for the discovery, in 2011, that she would be running her own manufacturing company.

That's when her husband, Michael Ray Laurence, longtime owner of the Georgia-based company Micro-Metrics, passed away. Snow, an editor by profession, was suddenly in charge.

"I'd helped out a little but hadn't paid much attention to how he ran the company," Snow says. "Perhaps I should have!"

Despite the enormity of the challenge, the 58 year-old Snow stepped up and has adapted to her new leadership role with characteristic spirit and resilience. In fact, her wise, good-humored advice is exactly what led The Company Corporation's judges to name her winner of its recent "5 Tips for $5,000" contest.

Founded in 1961 and located in a suburb of Atlanta, Micro-Metrics manufactures precision devices used to inspect a variety of coatings and films. After taking the company's helm, Snow's first business goal was to update its processes and components. "For me, the cue for what to replace next is: what is frustrating me the most at the moment?" she says. "If a 30-year old process takes days to get through, then it has to be replaced with one that takes much less time and frustration."

Snow's second goal was to keep Micro-Metrics' products "relevant." Currently she's arranging for custom-made microscopes that are more precise than the current tools on offer. The project has been two years and many thousand dollars in the making, but a production-ready model is just around the corner. And while Snow admits that the project is "frighteningly expensive" (paying for the new scopes will cost nearly one-third of the entire cash resources of the company), she's convinced it will be a long-term win for Micro-Metrics.

Snow's third business goal is to increase sales. She has spent very little on advertising since taking over the company, but with those new scopes in the pipeline, she plans to get the word out to the trade in a big way. "I've been gathering resources, studying what ads and articles are out there, and consulting with my local SCORE advisor?preparing for an 'ad blitz' once I have the better scopes in hand."

Her secret weapon? Curiosity.

"In two years, I've read seven accounting books. I hired a math-and-engineering professor to teach me the arcane math I may have to explain to customers. I read business books at night," she says. In fact, self-improvement is Snow's number-one priority as she moves Micro-Metrics forward. "My goal is to get smarter both about business and about the niche in which I find myself!" she says.

Read Elenor Snow's 5 Tips here.