From restaurants to realtors, small businesses across Canada often face the same core challenges: increasing productivity, managing costs and growing the business. To help you overcome a business challenge of your own, our team wants to give your team a boost.
That’s why we have joined together with Samsung to launch a contest where we will award $25,000 cash and $25,000 worth of Samsung products including Samsung ATIV Windows 8 devices.
The contest started yesterday for small businesses with up to 99 employees. To enter, visit the Rogers ‘Connected Business Centre’ group on LinkedIn and answer in 200 words or less to the following question:
How could your business benefit from being on Rogers’ superfast LTE network?
To help us evaluate the small business that best demonstrates how it can overcome a business challenge by leveraging internet-powered technology, we have invited experts in the small business and technology fields to review submissions including:
Julie King, CanadaOne
Julie King is the co-founder and editor of CanadaOne, a national small business magazine that helps Canadian business owners start, run and grow their businesses. Julie has helped build CanadaOne’s library of over 900 free business articles, videos and tools since the site’s launch in March 1998.
Julie is passionate about helping entrepreneurs, particularly around the topic of “practical innovation” and how they use technology to achieve better business results. Her goal is to help smaller companies in Canada access the answers they need on a just-in-time basis.
Roger Pierce, Pierce Content Marketing
Roger Pierce is one of Canada’s top small business experts. He takes what’s he’s learned from starting and running 12 small businesses and shares it with thousands of entrepreneurs worldwide.
He’s the co-author of the book, Thriving Solo: How to Grow a Successful Business, and a columnist for the Toronto Sun and PROFIT Magazine.
His company is called Pierce Content Marketing, and it helps big businesses to engage small business owners through advice-rich content.
Ian Portsmouth, Publisher & Editor of PROFIT Magazine and PROFITguide.com
Ian Portsmouth is the Publisher & Editor of PROFIT Magazine, Canada’s most read publications for entrepreneurs and small business owners. He is a trusted media commentator and public speaker on management issues and best practices of Canadian growth companies, and is a passionate believer in the power of entrepreneurship.
Apart from leading PROFIT’s editorial coverage, business awards programs and events for leading entrepreneurs, Ian sits on the board of directors of the Innovators Alliance, an association for the CEOs of Ontario-based growth companies and is an advisor to the Impact Entrepreneurship Group, Canada’s largest student-run entrepreneurship organization.
To enter the contest and for full contest rules and details, visit www.rogers.com/50kbonus.
How does internet and technology make a difference in your business?
UPDATE (November 26, 2012, 5:02 p.m): To help us review your contest submissions, we’ve invited another expert in the small business field to the table. Introducing Rick Spence. Rick Spence is a Toronto-based business writer and consultant dedicated to helping businesses grow. Rick is the former editor and publisher of PROFIT, The Magazine for Canadian Entrepreneurs. He writes a weekly column on entrepreneurship and innovation for the National Post, as well as columns for PROFIT magazine and other publications.
He wrote the first Canadian book on growth business (Secrets of Success from Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies). Rick has taught “New Venture Startup” at Ryerson University and sits on the board of directors of a geophysical software company.
He blogs at Canadian Entrepreneur (www.canentrepreneur.com), and tweets his best business advice on Twitter under the handle “RickSpence.”
Contest closes December 16, 2012. Open to Canadian residents having reached the age of majority, who are the owners of an existing and active Small Business having between one and 99 employees inclusively at the time of entry, but excluding residents of the province of Quebec. Essays must be 200 words or less. One Grand Prize including $25,000 in cash and $25,000 of Samsung Products ($5,000 of must be spent on Samsung ATIV Windows 8 mobile products) at the winner’s choice. All essays will be evaluated in a two-round judging process; the entrant associated with essay having obtained the highest score will be the eligible winner. Odds of winning depend on the quality of essays. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.