Are you a mom with a business? Enter Startup Nation’s new competition and maybe get some free PR. The Leading Moms in Business Competition is “the one and only ranking focused on those ‘can do’ moms who run families and businesses at the same time.” Parkers Markers has entered, and so should you. (You can vote for Parkers Markers here.)
The competition will rank the top 200 mom-run businesses across America as determined by popular vote. It’s open to U.S.-based businesses only.
Benefits of Entering
Publicity. StartupNation will choose moms from among the finalists and create editorial feature stories about them. “Winners of the Leading Moms in Business Ranking will be part of a very high profile list that will be published and promoted widely in traditional media such as national and local TV, radio, in newspapers and magazines, and on some of the largest, most influential websites on the web, MSN and StartupNation among them.”
Engagement. When you enter, you can post your entry on your website and mention it in emails. This deepens your engagement with customers and prospects. “By encouraging them to vote for you and support your quest to be a winner, you provide them with an engaging and fun way to participate in your success. This can help you create deeper loyalty and affinity, which ultimately can lead to business opportunities and increased revenue.”
Credibility. If you win, you can display their emblem on your site. This is a point of pride and adds credibility to your business. “It’s a huge achievement to be selected from among the millions of moms in business, and your customers will recognize and respect this immediately.”
How to Enter
“To enter you must be a mom and be a majority owner of a business. You must also have a website for your business. No matter what industry, what business model, what size and stage, if you meet those three requirements, you are encouraged to enter.”
Enter here: Leading Moms in Business Competition
Enter by March 31, 2009.
Winners will be announced in early May, 2009.
Is it tough to be a mom with a business? Leave a comment & tell us how you do it.
Continued from last week’s post.
The real solution lies in what happens BEFORE you ever submit the proposal.
The real solution lies in you controlling if, when, and how you submit a proposal.
The real solution lies in you asking all the right questions BEFORE you agree to submit a proposal.
What are the right questions to ask?
Here are 10 essential (although not necessarily easy) questions to ask that will certainly illuminate the seriousness, the readiness, and intent behind your prospect’s interest in working with you. Will asking all of them eliminate the dangling proposal? Unlikely; but you will most certainly decrease your danglers by a hefty percentage.
You can control your business instead of allowing prospects to leave you feeling like you are a hamster on a wheel, running after that piece of fruit you can never quite reach.
10 Essential Questions To Ask Before You Start Writing That Proposal
Listen carefully to the answers to these questions and don’t attempt to convince or sell the prospect. Then, if they really appear to be ready, proceed with proposal development.
If you get a sense there is hesitation or uncertainty or lack of true commitment to working together, you may need another meeting to deepen the trust and the relationship.
You have the power to decide if and when you want to invest in developing a proposal and go to the next level with your prospect.
This expertise is offered by Nancy Fox is President of Fox Coaching Associates, a coaching and training firm specializing in assisting lawyers, accountants, and business owners nationwide”make rain without the pain(tm).” She has worked with hundreds of legal and other professionals in leveraging contacts, building successful relationships in business, and making lots of rain. Nancy publishes a FREE acclaimed bi-monthly e-zine, The Rainmaker Review, filled with tips and rainmaking information and takes subscriptions at http://www.bizdevsuccess.com
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