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Eligibility

Many organizations have had a tough time in the last few years. We want to help the one that needs it the most.

Contest Rules & Details

Many businesses have struggled during the last 5 years. The goal of River Heights Chamber of Commerce Business Makeover is to assist a business that is in need of a marketing makeover. The winning business will be selected based on their need for a makeover and their potential for success.

Download the Official Rules

Does your organization meet the checklist above?

Click on each icon to see details and whether or not your organization qualifies to win the Small Business Makeover Contest.

Located in the River Heights Region

Eligible organizations are located or headquartered in the River Heights region of Inver Grove Heights, South St. Paul or the surrounding area.

Member of the River Heights Chamber of Commerce

Eligible organizations are current members of the River Heights Chamber of Commerce. There's no minimum, of course. If your organization isn't a member, join today.

Staying Power

Eligible organizations have been in business for at least 3 years (started no later than 2010). We know these organizations have typically faced the hardest parts of the recent recession.

For Profit ... with Few People

Eligible organizations have a small team (no more than 25 full time employees) and are organized as a for-profit operation. Non-profits are important to the community, of course. However, this contest is to assist those in the for-profit sector only.

Ethical Business Practices

Fairness and ethics are the bedrock of our community and its success. Eligible organizations can show that they practice good business by being fair to their employees, customers and stakeholders.

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Small business represents 99.7 percent of all employer firms.

The Contest

Business supports the community in so many ways ... and the community recognizes businesses deserve a helping hand too.

Why It's Important

As a small business owner, it can be easy to get caught up in the day-to-day operations trying to keep the business profitable and preserve jobs for the people who make it run. Over the past few years, times have been tough and that's taken its toll. This is an opportunity to recognize a business that deserves a helping hand by providing a business makeover that will provide much-needed updates in nearly every area of business operations.

See what's included in the prize package here.

The Small Business Ecosystem

  • Jobs

    Small businesses provide jobs for residents

  • Services

    Residents & businesses enjoy products & services

  • Community

    Small business supports community projects

  • Growth

    Community and businesses grow together

Small Businesses Provide

New jobs since 1995 :: 65%

All Jobs :: 50%

High Tech Jobs :: 39%

U.S. Private Payroll :: 44.3%

Retail Sales :: 52.6%

Timeline

Nominations

All applications & materials for nominations must be received no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, November 15, 2013 to be entered into Contest. Be sure you check out the eligibility requirements too!

Voting

Voting for the most deserving small business to win the Small Business Makeover package will take place online November 18 - 27, 2013.

Winning

The winner of the Small Business Makeover contest will be announced at the River Heights Chamber's Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on December 17, 2013. Be sure to register for the event!

The Makeover

The business that is picked to receive the Small Business Makeover will be transformed in the months following the announcement.

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NOMINATE A COMPANY TODAY

yes, even your own!

Sponsors

Meet the people behind the scenes, who ensure your success with their stellar talents.

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NOMINATE A DESERVING COMPANY

by November 15, 2013

All applications & materials for nominations must be received no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, November 15, 2013 to be entered into Contest.

Prizes

One lucky small business/entrepreneur will win up to a $20,000 Small Business Makeover! The River Heights Chamber of Commerce and other local sponsors have donated an amazing prize package.

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DO YOU KNOW A COMPANY
THAT DESERVES TO BE NOMINATED?

Nominate that company by 4:00 pm on November 15, 2013!

Impact

Small Businesses are an important part of our community and our economy.

Did you know...

Small business has generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years.

Small business pays 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll.

Small business represents 99.7 percent of all employer firms.

Small business employs just over half of all private sector employees.

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GIVE YOURSELF A HAND
ENTER THE CONTEST TODAY

Don't be shy. If you are part of a small business
that needs a makeover, enter the contest today!