From now until November 1, Entrepreneur.com is looking for Independent merchants that want to submit an item on their holiday gift guide. If you are interested in participating you can view the form here
Here’s the FAQ taken from their page:
Who’s eligible to submit an entry for Entrepreneur’s Indie Merchant Gift Guide?
Any U.S. independent merchant is eligible, as long as the merchant has fewer than 500 employees and isn’t owned by a large corporation. The person who submits the entry must either own a majority interest in the business, or have a significant ownership stake and approval from other owners/shareholders to submit an entry. Note: The business must be the merchant’s full-time operation, not a side occupation or hobby.
I sell numerous one-of-a-kind products – can I submit more than one?
No. Entries are limited to one product per merchant. While you may sell a variety of unique items, please select the ONE product or service you feel makes the best gift for someone special this holiday season.
My best-selling item is priced higher than $50. Why can’t I enter that?
We’re conscious that readers may have limited budgets this holiday season, so we want to feature items that are $50 or less in our Indie Merchant Gift Guide.
I’m an independent merchant, but I source my unique item from a supplier. Can I still enter it?
No. While many independent merchants sell unique products made by other companies, we are limiting entries to one-of-a-kind items that merchants themselves have created, designed or originated.
I designed my product, but have it manufactured in China. Can I still enter it?
Yes. We understand that manufacturing is an integral part of doing business. Items do not have to be hand-made.
What do I receive if my item is selected for inclusion in Entrepreneur’s Indie Merchant Gift Guide?
You will be featured on Entrepreneur.com’s website, and receive a digital badge to use (if desired) on your company’s site or marketing materials.
What happens after I submit my entry?
The team of judges at Entrepreneur.com will pick semi-finalists in early November. If your entry is chosen as a semi-finalist, you will be asked to send a sample of your product to Entrepreneur.com for review. We will not reveal which semi-finalists have been selected until the gift guide is published. Merchants whose items are selected in the gift guide may experience an unexpected increase in traffic to their site.
This is a wonderful opportunity to gain more exposure for independent merchants that sell their own unique items. Who’s planning to participate?