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Call for Entries: The Big Strides in Small Business Award

Big Strides Award LogoIs your small business making big strides?

Today, CareerBuilder announces the launch of its 2nd annual Big Strides in Small Business Award – a way to recognize the small businesses that have done a particularly spectacular job of empowering employment in their local community.

How to enter:

It’s simple: Just create a short video (two to three minutes, tops) that explains what your company is doing to empower employment in your local community. For instance:

  1. What challenges are you currently facing in terms of finding qualified workers?
  2. What are you doing at your company to help train or re-skill those in your local community?
  3. What programs do you currently have in place to train or re-skill current employees?

Then upload the video to YouTube (Lost? Check out a quick, how-to video) via the contest site,

Keep in mind… This is for CareerBuilder, not the Sundance Film Festival. Worry less about film production quality and more about telling your story in a way that is authentic, and communicates your commitment.

With that said…Keep it simple. Making a video doesn’t have to be complicated.

What the winner gets: The winner of the Big Strides in Small Business award will receive a 12-month CareerBuilder Recruitment Solution package – worth $10,000 – to use toward future employment efforts. This prize package also includes premium, one-on-one career services for 100 job seekers in your local community.

Learn more: Get full contest details, eligibility requirements and information about how to enter at:

Hurry – deadline to enter is June 21, 2013! So get moving: Nominate your small business today.

(Editor’s note: This blog post has been updated to reflect a deadline extension.)

Mary Lorenz

About Mary Lorenz

Mary is a copywriter for CareerBuilder, specializing in B2B marketing and corporate recruiting best practices and social media. In addition to creating copy for corporate advertising and marketing campaigns, she researches and writes about employee attraction, engagement and retention. Whenever possible, she makes references to pop culture. Sometimes, those references are even relevant. A New Orleans native, Mary now lives in Chicago, right down the street from the best sushi place in the city. It's awesome.


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