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Finder411 Entered in Female Startup Competition

I”m pretty pumped to be included in April’s Grow America Competition.

Open only to Startups owned or co-owned by a chick (that’s me), it’s a great opportunity to share Finder411’s mission with the greater community and educate folks on how remarkable a difference we can make quickly in the lives of Triangle small business and our greater Raleigh and Durham communities.Vote for me!

The other HUGE piece?

Finder411 could very well win $5,000, and along with it phenomenal exposure.  The other great part?  We’d find out in May if we win – no waiting months and months, we’d get that cash infusion quickly – SWEET!

What would we do with it? If Finder411 won a cash prize, these are some of the things we’d likely implement:

  • Paid Press Releases for more Finder411 client awareness
  • Create a successful go-to-market strategy to increase Finder411 exposure in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill & surrounding areas, thus increasing traffic to our current clients.
  • Invest in additional development and graphics for our future mobile app
  • Offer deep discounts to very small businesses who have no marketing budget

Small local businesses make all our communities rock.

  1. They keep more money in our local economy.
  2. They offer unique alternatives to national chains
  3. Most importantly offering a level of personal service you will never see with a big name store or service.

Please take a few seconds to vote NOW and DAILY through April 30th!

We’ll keep you posted!

Tonia
Tonia Zampieri

Blast Off! NC Small Business “Love” Contest Launches

Show Some Love ContestoIt’s February, and what better time to show some love.  For small businesses, that is!

Today marks the beginning of our “Show Some Love” contest at Finder411. There’s no doubt that the small businesses in our North Carolina communities could use support and help in building awareness for all they do to make our communities worth living in or visiting.
But where will the love shine the most?

  • Asheville?
  • Charlotte?
  • Raleigh & Durham?
  • Wilmington?
  • Greensboro & Winston-Salem?

We challenge each and every one of you to show some love by representing your small business community.

People like:

  • Your favorite interior decorator, who comes to start a new project in your home and practically reads your mind when she makes suggestions probably doesn’t have a huge budget for advertising those killer instincts.
  • That tiny café down the road that always offers free samples of its latest homemade dessert creations likely relies on word-of-mouth promotion to keep new customers coming.
  • Your favorite family farm whose lush berry patches offer up fun memories each year you visit with your kids.

This is where you, someone devoted to shopping locally, can help!  Give a shout out by nominating your favorite small business in our “Show Some Love” contest. If you have more than one favorite (and you probably do!) you can nominate one each day of the contest, which runs through March 12th.  Repeat nominations are accepted as well. Ipad Mini

One grand prize winner will receive an iPad mini. Our seven business finalists, 1 from each category below, will be awarded a 1-year premium membership at Finder411. One grand prize business winner will win a Lifetime* Finder411 membership!

Visit Finder411’s Facebook page or the contest page directly to nominate a business in one of these categories:

1. Home Related – Real estate, custom blinds, plumbers, landscapers, interior designers and similar.

2. Agribusinesses – Wineries, farms, orchards, B&Bs.

3. Restaurants – Anything but franchises or chains.

4. Retail Stores – Anything independent. Multiple locations are allowed, but no big box chains or franchises.

5. Personal Care – Hair, skin or body care. (No tanning salons)

6. Professional Services – Law, accounting, photography, bands, DJs, event planning, pet sitting, catering and similar.

7. Health-related – Physical fitness, dentists, optometrists, chiropractors and similar.

Valid entries consist of nominating a qualifying North Carolina business, providing a valid email address, and be a United States resident who is 18 or older.

To “Spread the Love” further please share this contest with your circle. You can also read a recent blog to get the skinny on what our Finder411 vision is.

Small is the new big,

Your Finder411 Team

*For contest purposes, Lifetime is defined as 25 years. See complete contest rules for details.

NC Contest Showing Small Business Love

Show Some Love ContestoAt Finder411, we’re certainly all about small businesses. But that doesn’t mean we’re not going to start things big! Our “Show Some Love” contest is coming February 6th!

So what’s all this love you’re supposed to show? Love for your favorite small business.

  • That restaurant where the waitress has your usual order in and cooking before you even make it to the table.
  • The plumber that’s out of bed and at your door at 1 a.m. to stop the fountain that mysteriously sprung from your basement ceiling.
  • That one little retail store where everything in it feels like it’s tailor-made to fit your quirky tastes.

“Show Some Love” gives you the chance to nominate your favorite North Carolina small business by visiting our Facebook page to enter. Have more than one? We thought so. While you’re only allowed one entry per day, you can enter on multiple days to spread as much love as possible!

Since this is a contest, by now you’re probably wondering what the reward will be. One lucky person will win a new iPad mini (because we’re all for small, of course!). Small businesses aren’t left out of the benefits either. One small business in North Carolina will become a Finder411 lifetime premium business partner, which includes a professional photo shoot and featured profile on our site.

Qualifying businesses include any of the following:

  1. Home Related – Real estate, custom blinds, plumbers, landscapers, interior designers and similar.
  2. Agribusinesses – Wineries, farms, orchards, B&Bs.
  3. Eateries – Restaurants, food trucks – or anything in between! NO franchises or chains.
  4. Retail Stores – Anything independent.
  5. Personal Care – Hair, skin or body care. (No tanning salons)
  6. Professional Services – Law, accounting, photography, bands, DJs, event planning, pet sitting, catering and similar.
  7. Health-related – Physical fitness, dentists, optometrists, chiropractors and similar.

To enter the contest, you must nominate a North Carolina business, provide a valid email address, and be a United States resident who is 18 or older.

Nominations will be accepted from February 5 through March 12. Small businesses with the MOST nominations within each of the seven nomination categories will automatically receive a 1 year Finder411 Premium subscription. In the event of a tie, an independent judging panel will select based on additional criteria to be provided at contest launch.

On March 19th public voting will begin. Voting closes at 5 p.m April 2nd. These votes will determine Finder411’s first Favorite North Carolina Small Business.

Visit our Facebook page and “like” us to stay up-to-date with all the contest happenings or head straight over to Finder411 to submit your small business photo – we might just include it on our Splash page!

Finder411 Community to Offer Refreshing New Model, Sans Advertising Spam

We all know those websites. The ones that assail you with ads the second you arrive. Click here. Click there. Click on something totally not relevant to anything you’re looking for. Pretty soon those ads are all you can focus on! Who wants to bother with that? We sure don’t.

That’s why Finder411 was created. To get rid of that advertising and focus exclusively on small local businesses:  those who own them and those who support them.

Finder411 is an exclusive online community and resource directory that allows consumers with a conscience to seek out and support the local businesses in their area. Offering a visually-appealing, transparent user experience, participants can find and refer small businesses and services.

Owners benefit from the ability to create either a free or premium business profile. But just because it’s premium doesn’t mean it’s not affordable. You won’t be competing with any of those franchises, chains or direct marketing companies either. Finder411 is exclusively local, all the time. No exceptions.

No one can deny that small businesses are what make a community unique—what set it apart from everything else. This individuality is what we celebrate at Finder411. We aim to help in the creation of healthy, vibrant communities, supported by the people who visit and live there.

So are you sold on the idea yet? Watch our 60 second welcome video below. Still excited by what you hear? Subscribe to our email list at Finder411.com for the latest updates. Whether you’re a small local business owner, someone who supports them, or want to get involved as an early partner, we’ll share exciting updates and our official launch date as spring approaches.