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One of the most popular posts on How to Build Buzz for Your Biz, has been 27 Creative Contest Ideas for Small Business. Having a contest is a great way to build visibility and credibility for your business.  (And credibility equals profitability!).

But another great marketing strategy that will get your business noticed is to enter and win contests!  (And you could score some big bucks!!)

Here are a few national contests for small business owners.  However there are many contests on a local level as well.  Check with your local Chamber of Commerce or any business association to find contests near you.

StartupNation’s Leading Moms in Business Competition

The Better Way Challenge from Verizon Wireless

The Shopify Build a Business Contest

MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Contest

Entrepreneur Magazine’s College Entrepreneur of 2010 Contest

Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur of 2010 Contest