Business is all about competition. If you’re not competing against other businesses for customers or market share, you’re competing against yourself, trying to beat previous revenue figures. To make it as a small business owner, you’ve got to have that competitive spirit.

We’ve got the spirit here at Bplans. In fact, we’ve launched a fun competition with our friend Anita Campbell, of Small Business Trends, and we need your help.

First, what’s in it for you? Plenty!

  • Free email marketing and online payroll services, free stock photo credits, and exclusive discounts on computers, legal documents, and other products and services your business needs, from providers like Dell, Intuit, IBM, AmEx, Dunn & Bradstreet, and many others
  • Networking opportunities with tons of other entrepreneurs.
  • Free publicity and materials for your website and social media efforts.

How do you get involved?

It’s free and easy. Our competition with Anita is to see who can get the most businesses to join Startup America. Members get all the benefits listed above, and many more!

All you have to do is click this link to take part in the Signup Your Startup Challenge. When you do, that’ll be one vote for Tim “Bplans” Berry. Whoever gets the most companies to signup by the end of the day on Wednesday, March 7 wins. All we get is bragging rights, while you’ll get a tools to help you grow your business.

The Startup America Partnership is a non-profit organization based on the simple premise that startups create jobs. So far, Startup America has assembled more than $1 billion worth of commitments from dozens of partners to support the growth of startups across the country. Beyond just free and discounted products and services, you’ll gain access to programs that provide opportunities to connect you with thought leaders, major corporations, and even new customers.

Palo Alto Software, the parent company of Bplans, is proud to be a sponsor of Startup America, because we share the same goals – helping people succeed in business. We think Startup America has a lot to offer the readers of Up and Running, so click here to find out more and help us knock out the competition.