Dell Expands 2008 Small Business Excellence Award to Recognize Innovative Technology Use Across the Globe
Entries Under Way for the U.S. Dell/National Federation of Independent Business Award.
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* Dell today announced it is expanding the Small Business Excellence Award (www.dell.com/ceaward) internationally, giving small businesses that demonstrate technology innovation to benefit customers a chance to win up to $50,000 in Dell solutions and be honored by Dell and its world-class partners.
* Global award partners include the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), which has a mission to advance entrepreneurship through global knowledge sharing and networking, and Endeavor, a global non-profit supporting emerging market entrepreneurs.
* The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), America’s leading small-business advocacy association, and Dell founded the program in 2004, and the two organizations continue to recognize leading U.S. small businesses for using technology to better serve customers.
* Call for entries for the fifth annual U.S. Dell/NFIB Small Business Excellence Award start today through Feb. 29, 2008. Additional countries participating in the program will be announced over the coming weeks. For a description of the award criteria, rules and regulations, award levels, partners and judges and to complete an application, visit www.dell.com/ceaward.
* Chosen from the national winners, the global 2008 Small Business Excellence Award winner receives:
$50,000 in technology and services from Dell; featured in an entrepreneurs summit hosted by Chairman and CEO Michael Dell; lifetime membership to ICSB, and engaging with Endeavor’s network of business leaders and high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets worldwide.
Each national winner receives $25,000 in Dell products and services; a day of best-practice sharing with Dell executives, including Mr. Dell, and partner benefits that will vary by country. The U.S. winner receives a lifetime NFIB membership.
Nine finalists in each country receive: A Dell business-class notebook, and partner benefits that will vary by country. The U.S. finalists receive a one-year NFIB membership.
* Entrants must be businesses with 100 or fewer employees, and each must show how it represents the spirit of innovation in applying information technology in its business practices to improve the customer experience. Applications are accepted online, and submission deadlines vary by country. No purchase or entry fee is required. U.S. finalists will be announced in May 2008, and the U.S. national winner will be announced June 9, 2008, at the NFIB National Small-Business Summit in Washington, D.C. All national finalists and winners will be selected by August 2008, and the global winner will be announced in fall 2008.
“Since winning the Dell/NFIB award in July 2007, we have seen renewed energy, focus and especially new business opportunities,” said Jim Cox, founder and president of Medkinetics. “NFIB is helping us forge new relationships with fast-growing companies like ours, and Dell is not only a technology provider to us but has become a real partner helping us better serve our customers. We are in the process of becoming an independent software vendor for Dell’s health care and life sciences division – this is a huge opportunity for our company.”
NFIB is the nation’s leading small-business advocacy association, with offices in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through a unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.
Endeavor breaks down barriers that prevent emerging-market entrepreneurs from reaching their high-impact potential. Hailed by NYT columnist Thomas Friedman as the “mentor capitalist” model, Endeavor identifies entrepreneurs leading high-growth innovative companies in emerging markets. These entrepreneurs are given world-class strategic advice, access to key networks and other tools that will catapult them to success. With Endeavor’s guidance they become “high-impact” – expanding employment, generating wealth and inspiring others to innovate. Often overlooked, these local entrepreneurs are now jumpstarting private sector development in their countries.
As of January 2007, Endeavor Entrepreneurs throughout Latin America, South Africa and Turkey have created 79,000 new jobs and generated over $1.9 billion in revenues. Endeavor plans to launch operations in Egypt and India in early 2008. For more information, visit www.endeavor.org
Founded in 1955, the ICSB is the premier global membership organization to promote the growth and development of small businesses worldwide. With over 2,000 members from over 70 countries, the ICSB brings together educators, researchers, policy makers and practitioners to share knowledge and experience in their respective fields. ICSB promotes the development of knowledge in all areas of business theory and practice and is particularly focused on strategies and policies proven to be effective in sustaining small businesses and entrepreneurship. For more information, visit www.icsb.org
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