I’m married to a small business owner and entrepreneur and many of my colleagues in Femfessionals own businesses o I am a huge advocate of doing business with fellow small business owners. Did you know that May is National Small Business Month? To celebrate, The UPS Store is launching #SmallBizSalute with events held across the country. As an extension of The UPS Store’s commitment to the small business community, the Small Biz Salute campaign rewards entrepreneurs for their hard work and gives them an opportunity to network and support each other, through special events and celebrations that bring small business owners together.
Dave Delaney of Futureforth will kick off the festivities here in Nashville at Avenue at 120 3rd Ave. S 37201 from 6 to 8 p.m. May 12. Drinks and appetizers will be served and attendees will have the opportunity to apply for a chance to participate in The UPS Store pitch competition where the winner will receive $5,000! In an effort to facilitate the link between small business owners, The UPS Store is launching the month-long campaign to give entrepreneurs in several of the nation’s top small business cities – Minneapolis, Nashville, Phoenix and Houston – special opportunities to connect and network with other entrepreneurs in their communities and gain valuable advice from small business experts.
Several local businesses will be selected to pitch a business concept to a local panel of judges. The competition will give contestants 3 minutes to pitch their business to a live audience and panel of judges and explain how an investment can help grow their business. Apply online here or on the day of the event, at the venue. If you are in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee area the location will be 120 3rd Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37201.
Did you know that The UPS Store does more than just shipping? The UPS Store can help you grow your small business with a full suite of marketing and branding tools such as printing, banners, brochures and advertising materials. I have two local UPS Store locations in my neighborhood and one features large-scale printing services, which are great for banners. They also offer notary services, which is super convenient to have nearby. I also checked out The UPS Store’s online print store and was pleasantly surprised at all the options. Need to order business cards or print brochures for a spring event? You use the code SALUTE25 to save 25% off your entire order!
I always try to shop local and support small businesses around me. Some of my favorites are:
- City Limits Cafe
- Pizza Perfect
- Mousecalls Computer Services
- Nashville Pet Products
What are some of your favorite local small businesses? To help celebrate small businesses, I am giving away one $25 VISA gift card so you can check out the vast array of services offered by The UPS Store. To enter, share the name of your favorite local business below in the comments and leave a link to their website if they have one.
If you’d like additional chances at winning, please do one of the following for one entry each. (Leave a separate comment on this post for each these additional “extra credit” steps you take.)
- Tweet the following: I want to win a gift card to try @TheUPSStore services via @BlondeMomBlog http://bit.ly/1MZCoaC
- Follow me on Twitter
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This giveaway is open to U.S. residents and ends May 6 at midnight. Good luck!