Shine a Light!

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Shine a Light!
Wed, 08-19-2009 - 12:10pm

Do you or anyone you know (in real life or on the boards) own a small business? Maybe you know a local small business that could use a boost or one whose story inspires you. If so, you might want to share this!

iVillage, in conjunction with NBC and American Express, has started a new campaign called Shine a Light, to encourage and promote small businesses. The goal is to spotlight small businesses and give them the opportunity to tell their story -- and also the chance to win $100,000 in grant money as well as marketing support. Small businesses can submit their own information or be nominated by a supporter -- and visitors have the chance to spotlight small businesses by reading their story and "endorsing" them by clicking the Shine a Light button on their profiles within the site (sort of like a "thumbs up").

We also have a message board where Shine a Light visitors and participants can share their tips and advice. Please take a look at these pages:

Shine a Light:

Shine a Light on Small Business message board:

There is also a "Spread the Word" section on the site that you can use to share the information with your Facebook friends, etc. We'd really love to get the word out on this and appreciate all the support you can give! Please feel free to let your friends know about Shine A Light; it's a great opportunity, especially in this economy, to give small business owners a big boost. And remember, you can nominate a business that you know!


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