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Small Business Administration Holds Video Contest

Small businesses show how they have been assisted by an SBA program or service

The U.S. Small Business Administration is conducting a video contest for small businesses to show how they have been assisted by an SBA program or service.

On April 24, 2012, the SBA posted a Federal Register notice—Announcement of National Small Business Week Video Contest Under the America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2011—seeking creative videos from small businesses that show how they have been assisted by an SBA program or service, including, but not limited to, counseling, training, guaranteed loans, government contracts and disaster recovery.

“The video contest will provide recognition to small businesses across the country that are utilizing SBA’s programs and services to create jobs, serve as pillars in their communities and to create the next big products that will help keep America competitive,” the notice says.

The SBA has been open to video entries since April 16, and the deadline for videos is May 11, 2012. Winners will be announced during National Small Business Week May 20-26, 2012, unless SBA extends the contest. The SBA plans to show the winning videos during a “Google+ Hangout” held on May 23 and hosted by the SBA and the White House. The winners will be invited to participate in the Hangout with SBA Administrator Karen Mills. In addition, winning videos may be used by the agency at other high-profile functions.