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 →

19th

Love It (Ruth)

Love It (Ruth)

This ought to be a sensible, businesslike account about colourful children's clothing. Sadly it's just a deeply unprofessional load of random old tut. Sorry.

19th
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Samantha Kelly

Samantha Kelly

SunZu The Art of Business http://SunZu.com Women's Ambassador Mum of two Girls, #SBS & #WOW winner. I love Dignity, serenity, courage. #Sunzu @SunZusocial

20th

Joel Shaw

Joel Shaw

Web Developer, Graphic Designer, Musician, Burrito Enthusiast. Good at all four. I'm up for a Shorty Award -- http://shortyawards.com/joel_shaw

21st

Matmi

Matmi

We love to produce digital entertainment to make the world smile! Play our games & apps here http://www.matmi.com

22nd

KL Jago Talent ⭐

KL Jago Talent ⭐

⭐ Owner of a full-service personal talent management company and member of the TMA dedicated to the success of our clients...

22nd
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Cox Business

Cox Business

Real time resources for #b2b and #b2c business owners with a focus on #onlinemarketing , #socialmedia , #mobile and more.

23rd

EdieAnne

EdieAnne

Luvin' Life in Maine! ♥ BELIEVE, DREAM & LOVE! ♥ ~BNS Channel http://t.co/eS5YW5Qb Independent Scentsy Director, Career Coach, mentor & Recruiter

24th

Erin Condren Design

Erin Condren Design

Personalized stationery, gift labels, photo cards, calendars & more! Visit us at erincondren.com!

25th

Real Sisters Rising

Real Sisters Rising

Real Sisters Rising is a National networking Org. For Women Entrepreneurs. One of America's Premier Networks. http://www.realsistersrising.com

25th
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519 Customs

519 Customs

Building Your Dreams - Raising The Bar!

26th

Siti Nurhaliza

Siti Nurhaliza

Daughter of Pak Din&Mak Mah,wife of DS Khalid,artist of the M'sian music industry,owner of Simplysiti n citizen of Malaysia..

26th
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Jonny Eveson

Jonny Eveson

Poster Maker, Graphic Designer, Motion Graphics, Comic Sans hater, Nerd.

27th

V14 Ventures

V14 Ventures

V14 Ventures is a PR and BRANDS VISIBILITY Events company tailored to promote your brand through creative events and the provision of professional ushers.

27th
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Helen Winder

Helen Winder

Managing Director at Transire http://t.co/SSxM3Cmk and I work with people who want to achieve their dreams. I also have 2 wonderful boys :) My Dreams are HUGE!

28th

ian somerhalder

ian somerhalder

Dead guy on LOST now undead on The Vampire Diaries. Still happily contemplating Man's existential dilemma...

28th
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Leaders in Heels

Leaders in Heels

Leaders in Heels inspires #women in business and women #entrepreneurs to create fabulous careers and lives http://t.co/B2yJC0yh Men love our tweets too!

28th
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Presiden Super

Presiden Super

The Next President Of Indonesia on 2019! CP: Iklanpromosuper@yahoo.com

28th
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ZOG Digital

ZOG Digital

We are a search & social marketing technology company. Our specialties: #SEO #SMO #Widgets #Apps #PaidMedia #SocialAnalytics

28th
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laundrymom

laundrymom

LaundryMom is a new and innovate business based on the UL campus. There are a range of packages to suit all needs. Follow us and we'll #followback !

28th
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iAcquire

iAcquire

iAcquire is a global leader in #search, #social, reputation management and content marketing. Join #inboundchat on the first Monday of each month @ 5 PM EST!