(PRWEB) September 10, 2012
The fifth annual StartupNation Home-Based 100 Competition is now open and accepting entries. The Competition is a ranking of outstanding home businesses and the amazing people behind them. The 2012 Competition website is located at: http://www.startupnation.com/home-based-100/.
Home business is critical to the U.S. economy. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 18 million home-based businesses in the United States. Well-known companies such as Apple, Hershey’s, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Ford Motor Company were all started as home businesses. StartupNation’s competition is aimed at celebrating the most successful businesses in this important segment of the market.
Entries in the 2012 Home-Based 100 Competition are accepted until the end of October. The 100 winners will be published in mid-December 2012. Winners can receive priceless exposure in the media and be positioned to take their business to the next level. For example, previous winners have been listed on the MSN home page, providing a spike in traffic to the websites of the winning companies.
This year’s competition will once again rank the best performing home-based businesses across America in ten distinct categories, as follows:
- Most Innovative
- Boomers Back in Business
- Savviest in Social Media
- Recession Busters
- Most Slacker Friendly
- Most Glamorous
- Highest Vote-Getters
Greg Gordon, CEO of 2011 top ten winner CR Surf Travel Company states, “Thanks to winning StartupNation's Top 100 Businesses contest, I received an 600% increase in click thrus for the day I was announced as a winner and a 150% increase in clicks for the following week.”
Matt Lenhard, Co-Founder of Test My Marketing (formerly Test My Message) says, “Winning the 2011 Most Innovative category had an immediate impact on our business. As soon as the announcement was made emails and phone calls started streaming in. We continued to see a direct link to sales from the contest for several months. Not only did it bring new customers, but it brought other press opportunities and notoriety as well.”
Successful home-based businesses are encouraged to enter the StartupNation 2012 Home-Based 100 Competition here: http://www.startupnation.com/home-based-100/.
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About the StartupNation’s Founders – The Sloan Brothers:
StartupNation co-founders and “chief startupologists,” Rich and Jeff Sloan, are two of the country’s leading small business experts, and ran their business from home for eight years. The Sloan brothers speak frequently at entrepreneurial forums and act as sources for top media venues nationwide. They are authors of StartupNation: Open for Business, published by Doubleday, and provide their insight online at http://www.StartupNation.com. The Sloan brothers are regularly quoted and featured in media such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune Small Business, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, FOX News and many others.