Yesterday we learned about a contest that actually began in May, so we're a little late jumping on board. The contest ends June 30, so we still 11 days to get the votes we need to move on to the next phase! We've received almost 40 votes in less than 24 hours, so at that rate we should be able to reach the goal of 250 votes in just over a week. But we need your help! It will just take a couple of minutes, and it's as easy as 1,2,3.
- Go to the Mission Small Business site and log in.
- Search for A Nurturing Moment and vote for us
- Share your vote with your friends on your Facebook page.
We've written 6 essays about who we are, where we're going, how we plan to use the money, the challenges we face, our ANM team, and our involvement with the community. Once we qualify by getting 250 votes, our essays will be reviewed by a panel of business experts to determine the winners. Twelve companies from around the country will be chosen to receive small business grants of $250,000.
So how will this help you? If we win, we promise to make A Nurturing Moment even better! It will allow us to expand our inventory and bring in everything YOU want to see here! It will also allow us to help local companies implement our ANM Workplace Solutions program because we can offer mini-grants to companies to help defray the cost of implementation. Another area where we can expand our services is to low-income and teen moms. Furthermore, we will be able to provide a trained Hypnobirthing coach for all of you who have asked us for that. Finally, the grant will also allow us to shore up our infrastructure for continued success in years to come.
The rules for the contest specifically state that we can't use any kind of incentive to motivate consumers to vote. We hope that you'll vote because you appreciate us and would love to see us offer you even more. But we do want to ask you to take the time to post the contest on your own Facebook page. As our way of saying thank you for taking the extra time to do that, we are going to give away a $25 gift certificate to one of our friends who helps us spread the word about this contest. You can post a link to this blog, or post a link to the Mission Small Business site. Just let us know you've helped us get the word out, and you'll be in the contest!
Thanks so much for your continued support over the years! You are the reason we're here, and we love you!