We spent June 17-21, National Small Business Week, searching for some Superheroes. Our 6th annual Small Business Superhero contest has come to a close and we had so many wonderful entries that it wasn’t easy for the Batchbook staff to come up with just three winners. As always, the competition was fierce and we all had our favorites. I’d like to introduce our three winners to you!
Winner of The Business Package – Stephanie Magee, Coastal Dog Apparel
Stephanie’s Superpower is “Superhuman Vision: You have the vision to see your future success! ”
In answer to the question, “How does your superpower help you run your business?”, Stephanie said:
“Coastal Dog Apparel- Anti Chafe Swimwear for boys & men features a unique design focusing on comfort, durability, and, of course, preventing chafing. Not only is Coastal Dog Made In The USA, but 100% of our profits are donated to charity. From the start of Coastal Dog last year, my vision has always been, not only to help boys and men enjoy their time at the beach & pool, but through the success of the company we will help children in need by donating 100% of profits to charity. This vision has been on my mind since I started the company and it is what keeps me motivated each and every day:)”
Woot! Dogs, kids & charity! We really love what Stephanie is doing.
Winner of the The Marketing Package – Anthony McAlister, McAlister Arts
What’s Anthony’s Superpower, you ask? “Omnipresence: You are always there to save the day!”
How does that help him run McAlister Arts?
“My business is artist management (talent management for classical musicians). My clients are my ‘customers’ and are therefore my primary concern. When a talented artist takes on a manager he/she is putting an extraordinary degree of trust in that individual, trust that they will represent their interests well, with enthusiasm, energy, and creativity. Classical musicians, like many artists, are often at a loss as to how to further their own careers and how to manage all of the promotional, administrative, marketing, and technological demands that entails. My job is to be there for my clients, to be 100% committed to their careers and the art they produce but also to give 100% of my physical and intellectual energy to serve them. I am everywhere in the sense that I am always available to my clients, by phone, email, or in person, but also in the sense that I am always thinking about them and about new, more effective ways of promoting them and increasing their profiles in the world of classical music. I’m not a superhero. I just really love what I do and the people for whom I do it!”
We just can’t resist folks who love their customers and love what they do!
Winner of The Tech Package – Shannon Jones Janeczek, PublishSavvy
Shannon’s Superpower is “Duplication: You get so much done, it’s like there are two of you!”
Shannon said, “There are days I certainly wish there were two of me… between a full-time job, 2 part-time jobs, taking care of 2 preschoolers, a dog, and a husband who hates both laundry and grocery shopping, I definitely have to squeeze in any little tasks I can, whenever I can.”
The kids, the dog, the laundry! We hear you Shannon, it’s hard to do it all.
We couldn’t have run this contest without the help of our friends from 99 designs, BoostSuite, Cazoomi, DirectMailManager.com, edocr, Emma, Formstack, Freshbooks, Grasshopper, Google Gooru, Janrain, MOO, Olark
RightSignature, ScreenSteps Live, Shoeboxed and Silver Lining Limited. Thanks to everyone who entered. It’s never easy to pick the winners because we think all small business owners are Superheroes!