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 →

28th

Sheevaun

Sheevaun

Author, keynote speaker, Spiritual Teacher & Master Energy Coach helping CEO’s & entrepreneurs overcome energy obstacles. Founder of Energetic Solutions, Inc.

29th

DFTBA Records

DFTBA Records

Doing things that don't suck with people who don't suck since 2008.

29th
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Amanda MacArthur

Amanda MacArthur

partner @buzzfarmers • foodie • blogger • adventurer • optimist • unmarketer • minimalist • oenophile • anti-jargonist • write for @swipely @mequoda & others.

29th
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Vala Afshar

Vala Afshar

Chief Customer Officer and CMO, Enterasys - Siemens Enterprise. Author, Inventor, Blogger

29th
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29th
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Arrae Creative

Arrae Creative

Tweets from Arrae Creative Agency. Our Philosophy: Work hard, play hard and make it rain on those whiteboards.

29th
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Ivanhoe & McToterson

Ivanhoe & McToterson

We provide strategic advice and quantitative analysis on digital, mobile, and social marketing. Contact us today to take your business to the next level!

29th
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Monchichi Photo

Monchichi Photo

your friendly photography add our BB on 220AC0F7 / 08999270847 - we are Uniq Photography Service who have a good experience and uniq angle :)

30th

SynMedia

SynMedia

With 20 years of experience in digital media, we specialize in Social Media, Web/App Development and Contesting.

30th
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WSN247.com

WSN247.com

Online magazine celebrating women's sports & female athletes, 24/7 #Women #Sports #News #GrowTheGame Co-Founders - @RememberThe1 & @CarieIsSoVery

31st

Jovem Nerd

Jovem Nerd

O mundo vira piada no Jovem Nerd

31st
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IR Jewellery

IR Jewellery

Handmade & bespoke Jewellery, Wedding Gifts, Crystallized Accessories for phones & More Authorised by Swarovski. My names Tom love photography & art

31st
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Telnames

Telnames

The award-winning service from Telnames helps you get a simple, cost-effective and mobile-ready website to help your business to go #mobileinminutes

31st
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Student Life Network

Student Life Network

Offering the best prize in Canadian student history. Meet Taylor Swift, Europe, $20k and more. http://t.co/42TA32j8 for details. Follow to learn more.

31st
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gotgrowth?

gotgrowth?

We equip companies for sustainable business growth. Authors of GrowthThinking. Designers of Growth Posture Index™. Stream Managed by Dru Sturgess.

32nd

i Love Dogs, Inc.

i Love Dogs, Inc.

Breaking news, photos, contests & more. Follow @FindAVet for dog health, @wetnoseswelcome for dog-friendly places & our spokesdog @troyjunior.

32nd
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Extreme Chase Tours

Extreme Chase Tours

Storm Chasing Tours, Weather Photography Tours & Travel-Everything Weather related! Owned & operated by 23yr famed veteran storm chaser Lanny Dean

32nd
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Dena Somerhalder

Dena Somerhalder

Wife of Bob Somerhalder @bsome, mother to Peyton @PKoenig22 and Maggie. The boss's wife and designer at Built Of Barnwood. http://t.co/WvdbO547

32nd
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32nd
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KidzVuz.com

KidzVuz.com

The ONLY video review site by tweens,for tweens. KidzVuz: Where kids can have their say & be a star! Download our ipad/ipod app too! http://tinyurl.com/b5fc99x