Fresh from its high-profile Super Bowl commercial contest, “Small Business, Big Game,” Intuit Quickbooks is introducing Small Business Local Buzz, a competition running in the U.S. today through March 16 that will award 15 small business owners marketing packages worth $5,000 each. (Similar programs will be launched internationally on February 18.)
The competition requires small businesses to submit a short story that outlines how winning a grant will impact the entrant’s company. Small Business Local Buzz is tied to Intuit’s expansion of small business services beyond its best known products, the QuickBooks-branded financial management software and related online services.
Customers and fans of businesses that enter will be able to cast votes to help improve the entrant’s chances of winning.