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 →

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Debra Anne Creations

Debra Anne Creations

I love to design & create! From fashion & photography to bikinis, leotards & more! Proudly South Australian https://www.facebook.com/debra.anne.creations

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Lady Geek

Lady Geek

Campaigning to end the 'pink it shrink it' approach in tech. @belindaparmar is the founder. Tweets by the Lady Geek team. http://www.facebook.com/LadyGeekTV

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Fresh Tops

Fresh Tops

Are you in Heaven? http://freshtops.tumblr.com

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Matt Aversa

Matt Aversa

CO-Founder of @MEManagementNYC. Music/Talent manager for NY based talent. CEO of MyCelebCenter, a Social Networking, Press, and Digital Marketing firm.

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penguin in the room

penguin in the room

Little old me helping arty peeps get where they want to be! Snazzy marketing consultations, ruddy great press releases and social media joy! No penguins harmed

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glen dale

glen dale

breath deep the gathering gloom

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App47

App47

Application Intelligence for the Mobile Enterprise

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Craig Sommerville

Craig Sommerville

Lead P.R. & Assistant to @danshrigley @TeamDanShrigley + @beargrylls Fan Email: Craig_Sommerville_UK@survivalextreme.net ~ @RNLI CREWMEMBER

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Profound Audio

Profound Audio

Record Label

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S&D Training

S&D Training

Well established training organisation, offering apprenticeships, NVQ delivery, Foundation Learning and a range of bespoke and community based provision.

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eCom Scotland

eCom Scotland

eCom is your gateway to positive and engaging eLearning & eAssessment experiences. Bucking the trend by providing real ROI. Find out more here:

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Beverly Davis

Beverly Davis

CEO @DFS_LLC Just an average aesthetically-obsessed entrepreneur. Blogger #Leadership #Growth #Tech. Works Hard/ Plays Harder. Friendly Smile/Mean Game Face.

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SocialSpotlightMedia

SocialSpotlightMedia

An interactive and social media marketing consultancy with a focus on Fashion, Food, Health/Wellness and Entertainment. (also see @LauraKnapp)

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Ocoos.com

Ocoos.com

Ocoos is a unique ecosystem and marketplace for interacting and buying from small services providers.

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socialpaybox

socialpaybox

SocialPayBox is an exchange community that allows you to increase your social media audience, present your social profiles for thousands of people worldwide.

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Gail Davvis

Gail Davvis

Global Connector of Humanity, I Write & Draw Dreams into BEing, World Traveler, Jokester, Tech, Founder LISTEN GIVE & Dog Lover. #OWNAmbassador @globalvibe

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Melanie Notkin

Melanie Notkin

Founder, Publisher & Voice behind SAVVY AUNTIE®, a celebration of modern Aunthood. Natl bestselling author. #PANKPower http://t.co/8GSRHF6q [#SP=Sponsored]

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Leslie Carothers

Leslie Carothers

Love furniture + design. CEO of http://tkpartnership.com- a social media agency for the furniture and interior design industry. Founder of #GetPublished chat

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Staci J. Shelton

Staci J. Shelton

Human...BEING | Joy & Gratitude Evangelist | Performance Consultant | Recovering Perfectionist , Obsessive Knitter & #BA75 member Wife to @EriqTroi