The #SmallBusiness Shorty Award, in partnership with Cox BLUE (@coxbusiness), honors a small business effectively using the social web to grow their company. It's more important than ever for small businesses to understand how to pick the right social platforms to achieve goals. Small businesses are using Twitter to share advice,and information about their business; Facebook to generate interest for coupons, contests and events; YouTube to educate with how-to videos; LinkedIn to brand their business; Google+ to educational Hangouts with thought leaders; and are taking advantage of other social platforms like Pinterest and Instagram to visualize what matters most to their mission.

The #SmallBusiness Shorty Award winner will be selected based on the total number of nominations received, the impact and creativity of the nominee's tweets, and innovation in the use of social media as determined be the esteemed judges of the Real-Time Academy of Shorty Form Arts & Sciences. Eligible Twitter accounts are the brand account of the small business or the CEO Twitter account of the small business. The types of small businesses that are eligible include but are not limited to restaurants, mom & pop shops, startup technology companies, hospitality companies, educational companies, lawyers, real estate professionals, insurance brokers, blogs and magazines who employ 5-50 people.

Small Business Shorty Award Leaders

See the winners of the 5th Annual Shorty Awards →

1st

robert somerhalder

robert somerhalder

Owner/Craftsman of Built Of Barnwood. Co founded with my brother @iansomerhalder and son @PKoenig22. http://www.facebook.com/reclaimedbythesomerhalders

2nd

Diamond Candles

Diamond Candles

A ring worth $10 - $5,000 in every earth friendly, all natural soy candle! Shop online at our website.

3rd

Elizabeth Hamilton

Elizabeth Hamilton

| Mom/4 Boys | @HayHouse Author #PERCOLATE | CEO/Founder/#BestEverYou | Host on @BlogTalkRadio | @FoodAllergyZone Expert | Spokesperson/@MedicAlert Foundation

4th

StunningHijab.com

StunningHijab.com

If a woman is free to show her body, why should she not be FREE to cover it? Join the discussion at: http://www.facebook.com/StunningHijabs

5th

Jawbreaking

Jawbreaking

I'm @alysilverio, I'm 19, and the Owner + Designer of Jawbreaking, an independent clothing company. Question? helpme@shopjawbreaking.com

6th

VyRT

VyRT

A Unique Virtual Social Experience. Be Here Now.

7th

Wylee Bags

Wylee Bags

The OFFICIAL Twitter of Wylee

8th

Handmade Artist Shop

Handmade Artist Shop

The Handmade Artists' Shop is an online sales venue that showcases quality handmade items.Supporting Handmade is our goal! Buy directly from the Artist!

9th

The Tech Professor

The Tech Professor

Author, Entrepreneur, Speaker, Consultant/Coach, Entertainer,YouTuber and expert in being myself. Book me: malachi@liltechnologyprofessor.com

10th

Mark Brown

Mark Brown

Mark Brown is the company director of http://EditorsKeys.com a small business with a big heart! Producing shortcut editing keyboards, USB Mics & Recording gear.

11th

WeTalkTo.co.uk

WeTalkTo.co.uk

http://WeTalkTo.co.uk http://facebook.com/wetalkto Email Us: info@wetalkto.co.uk @_kieranstewart #FollowBack #Music #ff #newcastle

12th

Mainely Cole's

Mainely Cole's

Mainely Cole's All Natural & Organic Skin Care Products That are not only Amazing on your skin but Kind to the World around us!

13th

Kellie Leigh☺

Kellie Leigh☺

Social Media Consultant for #Realtors & #SmallBiz ♥ helping & sharing. 15 years of Sales & Marketing experience ☺ also @RealEst8Mktg http://buff.ly/12ppauV

13th
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Likeable Dentist

Likeable Dentist

Learn more at http://LikeableDentists.com! Follow us for exciting updates on becoming a more likeable dentist!

14th

The Cult Den.

The Cult Den.

News, reviews, videos & interviews on Cult TV/Films/Comics/Games/Books. Download the FREE app: http://bit.ly/V1tNWM

15th

Danny Hooper

Danny Hooper

Co-creator of Sopio, YouTuber, Businessman, Rated R Superstar. Wielder of the light of Confidence.

16th

Josie Baik

Josie Baik

President & Co-founder @CYPOPINC. Tweet about my startup, technology, Seahawks & being Korean & American. 자랑스러운 대한민국! #SiliconBeachLA

17th

Live Gluten Free

Live Gluten Free

A team committed to getting a better deal for anyone who's coeliac, has gluten intolerance, or has just chosen a gluten free diet.

18th

Dean Johnson

Dean Johnson

Vice President @ Brandwidth Innovation Lab, former CSD Vice President, Designer, Writer. Blurring the boundaries between future fact & future fiction.

18th
(tie)

Maria Johnsen

Maria Johnsen

Maria Johnsen the hyperpolyglot SEO & PPC expert promotes your business in Europe & North America http://maria-johnsen.com/Contact/