Small Business Excellence Award US Call for Entries, Global Expansion Coming Soon

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Dell is partnering with the International Council for Small Business and Endeavor to expand the Small Business Excellence Award internationally, giving small businesses that demonstrate technology innovation to benefit customers a chance to win time with Michael Dell, up to $50,000 in Dell products and services and be honored by Dell and its world-class partners.

Dell and the National Federation of Independent Business, the small-business advocacy association that founded the program in 2004, continue to recognize leading U.S. small businesses for using technology to better serve customers.

Today, we're starting the call for entries in the United States for the fifth annual Dell/NFIB Small Business Excellence Award and will accept applications through Feb. 29, 2008. Additional countries participating in the program will be announced over the coming weeks. For a description of the criteria, rules and regulations, award levels, partners and judges and to complete an application, visit

Each year, the award winners meet with Michael Dell and other Dell experts to share best practices and discuss technology trends that impact small businesses. Hearing from past winners is one of the best ways to fully appreciate the opportunity the Small Business Excellence Award creates for entrepreneurs, and we hope their stories will encourage you or entrepreneurs you know to apply for the first-ever global award.

Jim Cox, 2007 U.S. award winner and president of Medkinetics, recently spent a day at Dell. He sat down to talk to us just after his time with Michael.

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You can also see the 2006 winner and President of SewWhat? Inc. Megan Duckett's forum post sent at the end of her award year and her vlog from her day at Dell in fall 2006.

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