For the past four years, Dell and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) have co-sponsored a contest aimed at recognizing — and rewarding — small companies that use technology in innovative ways to improve the customer experience.
In this its fifth consecutive year, the Small Business Excellence Award program is expanding to include other nations around the world. Each country will produce nine finalists and one winner. One global winner will be chosen from the group of international winners.
According to Dell, each national winner will receive $25,000 in Dell products and services, a day of best-practice advice with Dell executives, including Michael Dell, and partner benefits that will vary by country. The U.S. winner will also receive a lifetime membership to the NFIB.
The nine finalists in the various countries will each receive a Dell business-class notebook and partner benefits that will vary by country. The finalists in the U.S. receive a one-year NFIB membership.
The global winner, chosen from the top choices from the various nations will receive $50,000 in technology and services from Dell and be featured in a summit hosted by Chairman and CEO Michael Dell. He or she will also win a lifetime membership to ICSB and engage with Endeavor’s network of high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets worldwide.
Qualified entrants must be small businesses with fewer than 100 employees and, according to Dell’s rules, “each must show how it represents the spirit of innovation in applying information technology in its business practices to improve the customer experience.”
You can access the application on Dell’s Web site and submit it online. The applications must be received on or before 11:59 p.m. (EST) February 29, 2008.
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