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Dell Searches for America’s Favorite Small Business; Is It Yours? Get Inspired by OPI

Erin Edwards | August 25, 2011 | 10:16 AM

Dell Searches for America’s Favorite Small Business; Is It Yours? Get Inspired by OPI

Dell, Microsoft and MasterCard have teamed up and announced a 13-week contest in search of “America’s Favorite Small Business.” Could it be your salon or beauty business?

Dell is currently featuring a video (seen below or here) of OPI's Executive Vice President and Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann to offer inspiration to small businesses in the beauty industry to enter the contest. Weiss-Fischmann details the journey OPI took from small business to global brand.

Small businesses from any industry are invited to submit a three-minute video explaining why they should be America’s favorite small business and upload it to Dell’s YouTube channel (

The video with the most votes will win $25,000 in Dell products specifically geared towards small business (including PC’s loaded with Windows 7 Professional Edition and Office 2010 Home and Business) and a $50,000 prepaid MasterCard to use towards expenses and supplies. In addition to the $75,000 prize package, the winning business will receive its own web reality show through Dell’s YouTube channel. The other nine of the 10 finalists will receive a $1,000 Dell gift card.

The contest will unfold in five phases:

-Phase 1:  Aug. 15-Sept. 11 - Businesses with 25 or fewer employees can submit their videos and upload them to

- Phase 2: Sept. 12-Sept. 18 - A panel of Dell, MasterCard and Microsoft judges will decide the ten best submissions.

- Phase 3: Sept. 19-Oct. 26 – America can vote for their favorite videos on Dell’s YouTube channel.

- Phase 4: Oct. 27- The winner is announced.

- Phase 5: Oct. 27-Nov. 13 - The winning company will appear in its web reality show about their business.

For more information on how to enter, including contest rules, please visit

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