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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Kelly Olexa

Kelly Olexa

CEO, Founder: @FitFluential. Interested? http://bit.ly/FFBrands. Fitness Fanatic, Starbucks Addict, Social Media Cupcake. Show me the sushi.

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Razing Kane ❤

Razing Kane ❤

• Live Passionately • Love Vulnerably • Personal Code: Be Kind! • Battling Breast Cancer • Rather Laugh than Whine • Nutty Over Nutella • Lady Bug Whisperer •

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WeACTIowa

WeACTIowa

Youth Theatre of Southeast Iowa

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stefanT

stefanT

transmission | transition

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Women on the Verge

Women on the Verge

Please join us if you are about breaking stereotypes, being truly supportive of your sisters and open to a diverse, global community.

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Brian Griffing

Brian Griffing

Hello, My Name is Brian.. I play music.. I tour.. I'm currently writing a new record. Stay tuned for some new videos and such coming VERY soon.

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Elio Assuncao

Elio Assuncao

☆ Cardiff Ambassador ☆ B2B E2E Social Media ☆ International Events Wales ☆ Entrepreneur Business Owner ☆ +44(0)2920227199 hello@yodspica.com ☆ Mobile Apps

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Maggie

Maggie

Designer/Owner of Maxwell Designs, beautifully handcrafted purses, diaper bags and accessories. We bring style and functionality to your lifestyle.

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Tomo Milicevic

Tomo Milicevic

I am a crazy MOFO!!!

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Ted Rubin

Ted Rubin

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain. :-) http://www.rebelmouse.com/TedRubin

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Harry Maxwell

Harry Maxwell

Follow me and my general student antics television witty commentary

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American Express

American Express

Follow Amex’s Mona Hamouly (MLH), Matt Burton (MB) & Amy Tokarski (AT) for insider news, offers & more. Chk out our Favorites page to turn Tweets into savings!

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Kat Graham

Kat Graham

witch by day, kat by night.

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Banu Biret

Banu Biret

Biggest Optimist You'll Ever Meet! :) :: Owner of @trash_media Advertising, Marketing, Social Media Management & PR agency :: Co-creator of #beezdex

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taylor harwin

taylor harwin

I'm on Twitter's Trust and Safety team. @taylorharwin is my personal account. Some things I know, some things I don't.

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Ana Helena Brandão

Ana Helena Brandão

Todo Cambia. Cambia lo superficial,cambia también lo profundo,cambia el modo de pensar,cambia todo en este mundo. . .

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Stephanie Grayson

Stephanie Grayson

Social Media Enthusiast. Communications Geek. New Yorker. News junkie. (Not necessarily in that order). Tweets/retweets reflect my views, not my employer's.

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Glen Gilmore

Glen Gilmore

FORBES Top10 Social Media Power Influencer TIME Man of Action http://t.co/pd0GiYvi VID http://t.co/7flkqGLI BOOK http://t.co/U62szcsc Lawyer #Tech #PR Educator