Volusion Launches 2nd Annual “Mompreneur Makeover Contest” to Recognize Women-owned Online Businesses

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Ecommerce leader fuels business growth by offering free services, products and the opportunity for mompreneurs to share their stories

Mompreneur Makeover Contest

Being a working mother is one of the toughest challenges I face every day. This contest means so much to me - it is going to help me push forward into the world of social media. Volusion is an unbelievably awesome company to work with.

Volusion, the leading provider of shopping cart software and services for online merchants, today announced the launch of its 2nd annual Volusion Mompreneur Makeover Contest. The contest will run from May 1 through May 31 and invites mothers who run their own businesses to enter for the chance to win custom web design by Volusion, an iPad, and spa and Visa gift cards. Mompreneurs will have the opportunity to share their stories with their social communities, and drive others to vote for their stories on Facebook.

Volusion strives to empower women to succeed as entrepreneurs. According to the Guardian Life Small Business Research, women entrepreneurs are expected to create up to 5.5 million new jobs nationwide by 2018. The American Express OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses Report found that as of 2012, there are more than 8.3 million women-owned businesses in the United States, generating nearly $1.3 trillion in revenue and employing nearly 7.7 million people.

Volusion takes this opportunity to recognize, empower and embrace the growing number of women entrepreneurs, specifically those with children. The Volusion Mompreneur Makeover Contest was created to recognize hardworking women who own and manage their own business, and to support those who perform the toughest jobs possible - running a business and being a mom.

About the Contest
The contest, which will run through Volusion’s Facebook page, asks mompreneurs to share their personal stories of owning a business. Entrants are asked to answer the following questions:

  •     Tell us the story behind your business and what makes it unique.
  •     Who is one of your mompreneur heroes and why?
  •     What advice would you give to a budding mompreneur?
  •     What's one lesson you've learned as a mompreneur that you want to pass on to your kids?
  •     Why are you and your business ready for a makeover?

The mothers who work at Volusion will judge the entries and choose the final three winners. Judging will be partially based on the number of Facebook votes a story receives, but more heavily weighted on the quality of responses to the questions.

Winners will receive:

1st Place
-Elite Design Package worth $3995 (if winner is a Volusion storeowner) or Free Gold Store for a Year (if winner is not a Volusion storeowner)
-$250 spa gift card

2nd Place
-Twitter Design worth $295
-$250 gift card to grow their business
$150 spa gift card

3rd Place
-Twitter Design worth $295
-$150 spa gift card

Last year’s grand prize winner was Shana Yansen of http://www.juteandjackfruit.com. Jute and Jackfruit carries limited-edition, handmade clothing, jewelry and handbags made in the USA as well as fair trade/ethically-sourced collections made overseas. The store caters to emerging and independent female designers with unique, cutting-edge style and is committed to sustainability and fair business practices. Shana won $4000 in Volusion design services, an iPad2 and a $250 gift card to the spa of her choice.

"I was thrilled to be the winner of this contest and to gear up for a website ‘make-over’ with Volusion,” said Shana Yansen of http://www.juteandjackfruit.com. “ I launched Jute and Jackfruit nearly 3 years ago with Volusion as my website provider, and I could not be more pleased with what they have provided.”

One of the runners up of last year’s contest, Allison Lynch of http://www.kustomskinz.com, was also pleased to have been recognized for all her hard work as a mom and a business owner.

“Being a working mother is one of the toughest challenges I face every day,” said Allison Lynch of http://www.kustomskinz.com. “This contest means so much to me - it is going to help me push forward into the world of social media, and I definitely needed the help in this area. The fact that I was chosen means someone notices how hard I work. What a reward! Volusion is an unbelievably awesome company to work with - their image, ease of use, the tech support - all excellent.”

“Last year’s Volusion Momprenuer Contest was one of my favorite events,” said Tanya Avila, Volusion Mom and General Counsel. “Reading all of the inspiring stories of how other moms have excelled at motherhood and entrepreneurship in ways that made them better moms and business owners really touched me. As a mother of three small children, I am continually amazed at how so many momprenuers beautifully interlace the needs of their families with the needs of their business. I can’t wait to read this year’s submissions.”

About Volusion
Volusion gives you everything you need to open a successful online store. Whether you’re an ecommerce novice or seasoned online seller, you will receive the ultimate set of business tools, including your own website, reliable hosting, effective marketing tools, and much, much more. Over 35,000 customers such as Deloitte, Nalgene, US Open, and 3M trust Volusion to power their online business, leveraging a full suite of customer support offerings, including free 24x7 assistance via phone, email and live chat. For more information about Volusion, please visit http://www.volusion.com.

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