Dell Goes Global with Small Business Award

Back in January, I wrote a blog post that Dell was expanding the Small Business Excellence Award globally in partnership by working with the International Council for Small Business and Endeavor. Today we’ve launched the award in Europe, with entries now open for the U.K. and Germany. Entries for France, Italy and Spain opening later in the month.

The goal here is to shine the spotlight on innovative small businesses in Europe and reward those who have best applied technology to create an exceptional customer experience. Small businesses are the lifeblood of any economy and many of today’s global brands started out as a small business. Dell is a good example and Michael’s story of how he built the company form only $1,000 in capital appears in business management classes around the world..

There's a lot of small business success stories and we want to hear about them in Europe. If you’re a UK, German, French, Italian or Spanish company with 100 employees or less and have used information technology in an innovative way to improve the customer experience, you should give serious consideration to entering the Dell Small Business Excellence Award.

Here's what's at stake: all national winners receive £15,000 / €20,000 in Dell products and services and will meet with Michael Dell to learn best practice methods at a special ‘Day at Dell’ later in the year.

As well as Europe, the award is also being rolled out this year in Australia/New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico and China, while we’re in our fifth year in the US. This year we will also be announcing a global winner from the 11 national winners who will receive $50,000 / £25,000 in Dell solutions and the opportunity to meet with Michael Dell.

For a more robust description of the criteria, rules and regulations, award levels, partners and judges, or to complete an application, visit this page.

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