Dawn Smith

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Atlanta, GA
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    Wipro-Knowledge@Wharton Innovation Tournament

    Technology innovators, this is your “American Idol.” Knowledge@Wharton, the online journal of the Wharton business school, and Wipro Technologies has teamed up to present Wipro-Knowledge@Wharton Innovation Tournament. The global brainsourcing competition rewards innovative technology-based tools that help business owners cut costs, save time or improve customer service. Deadline: November 6. 2009. 


    The Good News & Bad News about Technology

    Women business owners employ 16 percent of the United States workforce. For small businesses helmed by women, this number comes largely as the result of the Internet and technology revolution. But a benign term, net neutrality, threatens the success of women and minority-owned businesses. Women Impacting Public Policy president, Barbara Kasoff, states in Roll Call that, “…expanded net neutrality regulations wou [...]

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    America's Small Business of the Year Award

    Coast to coast, small business owners are working extra hours to keep their customers happy. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants to salute the backbone of our economy with America's Small Business of the Year Award. Nominees will vie for Blue Ribbon, Community Excellence and Regional Finalists awards. A grand finalist will receive the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award in DC. Deadline: December 18, 2009.


    Apps for Innovation Business Contest

    Software developers, this is your moment to shine. The Consumer Electronics Association launched its first Apps for Innovation business contest, which salutes apps developers who demonstrate the economic impact of innovation and entrepreneurship. Innovation has its rewards. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to CES in Las Vegas. Deadline: November 6, 2009. 


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  • Extreme Office Makeover from Mosaic Technologies and the National Association of Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

    Even the best entrepreneurs could use a business makeover. Mosaic Technologies and the National Association of Business Owners and Entrepreneurs are giving small business owners just that by offering a $50,000 package of technology and business services. Every office needs improving. Don't miss your chance to get your upgrade. Deadline: November 30, 2009. http://www.extreme-office.com/main.html ;

    National Women's Business Week

    Order the flowers and get ready to hug your favorite business owner. National Business Women's Week begins October 19.

    New York Times Company Nonprofit Awards 

    Management excellence is not just for the for-profit companies. That's why New York Times Company is presenting the 2010 New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Awards, totaling $40,000 to three to three New York City-based nonprofit organizations for excellence in organ [...]

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    Rebuilding Together San Francisco Offers Free Repair and Renovation for Nonprofit Organizations
    Nonprofit organizations can get a free facelift thanks to Rebuilding Together San Francisco. The organization is providing free repairs and renovations to San Francisco-based nonprofit organizations as part of its annual Rebuilding Weekend program. Deadline: November 30, 2009.

    Best Green Business Tip Contest from Small Business Trends
    Whether it is printing on recycled paper or sending invoices online, small business owners are taking steps to save the environment and money. Enter the Best Green Business Tip Contest from Small Business Trends to share how your small business is going green. All entries go into a drawing for an energy efficient desktop computing suite from HP. Deadline: October 7, 2009.

    The Christie Cookie $25000 Charity Giveaway
    Nonprofit organizations are on the frontline giving aid to business own [...]

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    Editorial Photography Awards from Getty Images

    For most photographers the term, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” is a true, but overused cliché. To professional and student photographers who win the Getty Images Editorial Photography Awards, a picture is worth $20,000 dollars, editorial, logistical and promotional support. Deadline: November 15, 2009.

    Women Entrepreneurs Are Looking Up
    Reuters reports that, according to an American Express OPEN survey, “Women are more likely to have a positive outlook on business prospects considering the economic climate (60%, vs. 50% of men).”

    Sam's Club and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Present Como Si: Doing Business Today for Tomorrow!
    Sam's Club and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce want to teach more Hispanic small business owners how to learn grow their companies through technology. They are sweeping 10 entrepreneurs away to the Bentonville, Arkansas c [...]

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    “The New Way to Work” Business Contest from Elance
    Answer one question: What does the new way to work mean to you? Post your answer on your blog, social networks, or on your website because Elance is scouring the web for the top ten responses. Esteemed entrepreneurs Tim Ferris, John Jantsch and Tory Johnson will pick one grand prizewinner to win a year’s worth of health insurance premiums or $10,000 in cash. Deadline: December 7, 2009.

    2010 Honda Helpful Awards from Honda

    If you are a Southern California resident who volunteers your time and resources to help those in need, Honda believes it is time you had a new car. Nominate yourself or another worthy do-gooder to win a new ride by submitting a written statement explaining why the person deserves the car, and how it will serve their work. Deadline: November 1, 2009.

    Women Entrepreneurs are Holding On
    According to a Reuters article, “…55% of women presidents a [...]

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    Business Grants from the MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series (MUES)
    Knowledge and business grants await participants of the MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series (MUES), which includes the MUES ePowerlunch Webinar Series and a business plan competition. The webinar series includes six panels covering the essentials of running a business. This information comes in handy for the MUES business plan contest where business owners compete to win $200,000 in business grants. Deadline: October 1, 2009.

    Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize
    What could $1.5 million do for your non-profit organization? Every year, the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize awards $1.5 million to an exemplary organization that makes measurable gains toward ending human suffering. Organizations must be in existence for five years and have an operating budget of $500,000 or more to qualify. Deadline: November 2, 2009.

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    Shine a Light from American Express and NBC Universal

    From New York to Los Angeles, America is home to some of the world’s most inspiring businesses. And American Express and NBC Universal are ready to spotlight one of them with the Shine a Light contest. The winning business owner will receive $100,000 in grants and marketing support. Deadline: September 13, 2009.

    New England Grassroots Environment Fund
    New England-based organizations with a plan to address the long-term sustainability of their community could be eligible to receive funding from New England Grassroots Environment Fund. The NEGEF selection committee will give preference to organizations with a well thought out action plan to make their surrounding environment healthier and more sustainable. Deadline: September 15, 2009.

    The Stevie Awards for Women in Business
    Best Entrepreneur, Best Executive and Best New Company of the Year are just a few of [...]

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    Love a Local Business Contest from Intuit
    Writing 250 words or less can put your favorite local business on the map with Intuit’s Love a Local Business Contest. Every week, Intuit will select five small businesses to win $1000 business grants. Deadline: August 30, 2009.

    AAUW Community Action Grants
    Giving equal access to educational and economic opportunities to women and girls is a no brainer. If you have a clearly defined project that promotes efficacy for women and girls, the AAUW could have one-year start-up grants ($2,000 to $7,000) and two-year grants ($5,000-$10,000) for you. Deadline: January 15, 2010.

    Up & Running Small Business Scholarship from Pink Heels
    Every small business needs a good coach, and Pink Heels is ready to train women entrepreneurs for success with its Up & Running Small Business Grant. Lucky recipients will receive a $700 scholarship to participate in its three-month Up & Running sm [...]

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    Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability
    Are you the inventor of a product, process or material that makes technology more affordable or makes entire communities more sustainable? Ask a peer to nominate you for the Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability. Entries meeting the award committee’s criteria could win $100,000. Deadline: October 6, 2009. 
    Second Annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Program
    Ernst & Young will nurture the next generation of market leaders through its second annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program. Selected entrepreneurs will join an exclusive network of business owners that enjoy advisory services from Ernst & Young, meetings with potential investors and strategic partners, educational sessions and mentorship opportunities. Deadline: September 4, 2009.

    Qualcomm Ventures QPrize™ Business Plan Competition
    Every technology company could use more funding. En [...]

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    SEVEN (Social Equity Venture) Fund
    If you believe that wealth creation is the best way to eradicate poverty, submit your ideas for change to the SEVEN (Social Equity Venture) Fund’s second annual open Enterprise-based Solutions to Poverty Request for Proposals. Your business or nonprofit organization could win one of two funds worth $100,000 for up to twelve months through the RFP competition. Deadline: October 15, 2009.

    The Amber Grant from Womensnet.Net
    If $500 or $1000 will make the difference between lighting your entrepreneurial spark and letting it die, apply for the quarterly Amber Grant from Womensnet.Net. Deadline: September 2009.

    Kauffman Foundation Outstanding & Emerging Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Awards
    If you are scientific researcher with a commercialized discovery through entrepreneurship, nominate yourself for the inaugural award recognizing scientific entrepreneurs presented by Ewing Marion Kau [...]

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    Nobel-Prize Winner Brings Grameen Bank to New York
    Muhammad Yunus, winner of a Nobel Prize for a groundbreaking microlending program for women in Bangladesh, is bringing the program to New York. Deadline: Ongoing.

    Show Us Your Smarts by SmallBizSmarts.com
    Only one decision stands between you and a trip to the Inc. 500/5000 national conference. Enter Show Us Your Smarts by SmallBizSmarts.com with the smartest business decision you have made. You can win airfare, hotel accommodations and registration to the Inc. 500/5000 national conference in Washington, DC. Deadline: None Listed.

    Change Worth Making
    Only 3% of all women-owned businesses reach one million dollars or more in sales. Adenike Ogunlesi is managing to build Ruff n’ Tumble children’s clothing into over a million dollars enterprise in Nigeria, a country that is going through its own metamorphosis.

    Put Your Website in the Ring
    Do you have a great webs [...]

  • SpaceStar Trek conventions are an exhibition of devotion to heroes. Imitation klingons and characters with green skin patiently stand in line waiting to meet Mr. Spock, Sulu and Captain Kirk. Trekies spend countless hours on their passion. The rewards come back tenfold when they lock eyes with their idol, and take back a little piece of hero for him or herself.

    This phenomenon is not unique to the Star Trek experience. We see it at Star Wars events and business conferences as Steve Jobs or Warren Buffet strolls onto the stage. We want to kiss their ring, or just be in the midst of our hero. What happens when the devotee wants a bit of that influence for him or herself? Must they wait for their own TV show or multibillion-dollar corporation to build a following? Heroes, change agents and business leaders have three things in common. Follow their lead and create a life worth writing about.

    1. They Dare to Be Amazing – An amazing life is closer than you think. Boldly go where you have ne [...]
  • World BandageThe envelope arrived in my dorm room mailbox on an ordinary winter afternoon. I was a sophomore, and still clutching to the not-so-unique dream of becoming the next writer who changes the world. The president of the University of Georgia, a sprawling university of scholars, journalists and activists, invited me to dine with civil rights icon and Congressman, John Lewis, after a scheduled speech at the school.

    Unbridled enthusiasm danced in my mind for a grand total of seven minutes before I recalled the only thing comparable to dining with a Congressman, dinners with the deacons at my old church. Would he be like that—watchful eyes peering at me, explaining what my generation was doing wrong, poking his salad fork at me with instructions of what I should and should not do?

    I cannot be sure, but I think I had a few nervous skin breakouts as the date of the lunch approached. When it finally came, I lingered outside a restaurant way too pricey for my college budget and listened to t [...]

  • SusanBoyleWe love to greet the unexpected almost as much as rooting for the underdog. Audiences in the United Kingdom did both when nebbish Susan Boyle walked onto the stage for Britain’s Got Talent. They knew her type. She was forty-seven years old and somewhat dowdy. Her place was in a public library, not the fast-paced world of music.

    Then she sang. Even Simon Cowell’s jaw dropped.

    To date, Boyle’s enchanting performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables” boasts over 18 million views on YouTube. Twitter ranks the video as one of its most shared links. She is singing her way into the big leagues with CNN, ABC, The New York Times and MTV mentions. Boyle is living the dream of twenty-something pop ingénues. She is an overnight sensation. But why do we love her story? What lessons can her fast rise to instant stardom teach us as we create our own stories?

    1. The element of surprise – Boyle’s appearance and timid demeanor trigger a pre-existing expectation of the experience to co [...]
  • Cocky BirdCongratulations! You do not have narcissistic personality disorder. Is narcissism dripping from your copy? Emily Yoffe explores the complexities of narcissism in the Slate article, “But Enough About You …What is narcissistic personality disorder, and why does everyone seem to have it?” Yoffe’s explanation of narcissistic personality disorder has many breathing a sigh of relief. One must wonder if our copy rubs readers the wrong way.

    Many throw out narcissism as a catchall term and lump the egocentric with those with disabling personality disorders. In reality, the narcissism trait escalates upwards three grades on a spectrum. We like our narcissists in healthy doses. When they are charismatic and daring, we hang onto a narcissistic business leader’s every word. That leader’s thirst for adulation becomes irritating to followers at the second graduation. We might pay attention, but not as intently.

    At the third stage, true narcissistic personality disorder, a narcissistic leader’ [...]

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