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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WVU Mountaineers

WVU Mountaineers

The official account of West Virginia University. We open opportunities to scholars nationwide, improving lives across WV & the world.

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V!CTOR

V!CTOR

¥oung Wild & Fabulous. #Cfc OVO! Happy Boi ☺ - Tufab ENT!! INSTAGRAM : Tufab

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Robert

Robert

Disclaimer - Opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of [ insert name here ]

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Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan

Award Winning Nightlife #Promoter & #Producer. I'm also a #MUSIC enthusiast, #blogger, #creator, #LGBT activist & #psychologist! Adventures fuel me!

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Greyson Chance

Greyson Chance

New Single Sunshine & City Lights available here http://t.co/Lu1l6ZY5! Music video for #SCL http://t.co/vQUMGJao! #TruthBeToldPart1 EP now available in Asia!

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Marianas Trench

Marianas Trench

Our new single Stutter is now on Radio, MUCH Music and MTV. Request that little Diddy. Love you.

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Anita Hovey

Anita Hovey

Head Twirp @ Twirp Communications | Social Media for Business | My friends live in my computer | http://tweets.twirp.ca

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Martha Byrne

Martha Byrne

Happily married for 16 years...3 beautiful children and 30 years in show biz!

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Olan Rogers

Olan Rogers

What you love to do shouldn't be defined by how much money, fame, or worldly desires you acquire but by how much fun it is to be doing something you love.

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Bridgit Mendler

Bridgit Mendler

Hi, I'm Bridgit Mendler :) Debut album Hello My Name Is... available NOW!! Get the album feat. Ready or Not on iTunes - http://smarturl.it/bmitunesa1

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Mika Mosier

Mika Mosier

WAHM of 5 little tadpoles, maker of affordable childrens clothing

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Cimorelli

Cimorelli

Six sisters, one band. Our EP Believe It is on Itunes NOW! http://bit.ly/TMWiEv Follow us on Instagram @CimorelliBand :)

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Lovers Love

Lovers Love

Everything romance - dating, relationships, romance novels, romantic comedies and more

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Applebee's

Applebee's

See you tomorrow for the freshest flavors this side of the neighborhood. 0/5

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Geek-E-Gurl Designs

Geek-E-Gurl Designs

Entrepreneurship | Social Media | Branding | Marketing | Web Development | Public Relations | Start-ups | Graphic Design | Networking since July 2009.

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Elijah Daniel

Elijah Daniel

comedian/writer/actor/not tyler perry

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Jason Nast

Jason Nast

CrowdFunding Expert & Marketing Specialist Idea development focusing on helping people turn their everyday ideas into million dollar products & services.

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Tracey Gurney

Tracey Gurney

Graphic Designer/Jewelry Maker/Fangirl for the fans - My art is my fulltime job - Norman Reedus is my muse. http://ryleh.tumblr.com/

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Chris Rudnick

Chris Rudnick

Currently Marketing Manager at TechTarget, MBA Student, and a big Boston sports fan.