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Industry, professional and local awards are often compared to that gold bald guy. While being named one of “40 Under 40” doesn’t guarantee your own Wikipedia page, winning a business award could pack a big punch for your reputation.

Let’s look at a few of the benefits:

1. Stand out status.

When you win an award, you automatically have cache. Cred that you can use for the next, well, forever.

“Award-winning owner…”

“Award-winning author”…

“Award winner speaker…”

Doesn’t one of those sound good with your name after it?

2. Exclusive membership.

Once you win, you become part of a special group: winners of that award. You now have something in common, a reason to network. And being mentioned on the same stage as big names in your industry can boost your own reputation.

3. Power up your PR.

Winning an award (or just being nominated) comes with PR and media opportunities. Local newspapers, television, magazines and websites all devote ink to award winners.

Beyond the publication’s readers, you’ll grow your Google footprint, making you that much easier to find online. Plus, print coverage will boost your name recognition offline.

Linking to the coverage from your own website ups your SEO, too.

Wondering where you can find some of these award opportunities?

Simple research will uncover a stream of award opportunities to pursue.

For any award, it’s a good idea to evaluate the effort to submit a entry against the value of winning – all awards are not created equal!

Here are a few ideas to get your research started:

Look locally

Check your hometown newspaper, Chamber of Commerce, community organizations and networking groups for local award competitions. Being voted “Best Tax Preparer in Ann Arbor” could net you more recognition (and business) than landing a prestigious national award that means nothing to your clients.

Google “Awards” + “your industry”; “awards + your city”; “Best of + your city.”

The practice of putting together a winning award submittal will help hone your process, making is easier to submit for additional awards.


Regional business publications sponsor awards for high achievers, business growth and best places to work.

Search the publications and their websites to find the awards and use a spreadsheet to keep track of important dates. (Most awards are announced three to six months in advance of the deadline.)

Special interest or trade publications

Review your industry magazines and their websites to find industry awards. Best of all, when you’ve got one of those under your belt, you’ve achieved national recognition. “Named one of the top 150 coaches in the world” has a pretty sweet sound, don’t you agree?

Your colleagues, partners and competitors

Don’t forget to look in your network for award opportunities! A great place to look for awards is on the LinkedIn profiles of your connections.

Your fame boosting assignment:

Use one or two of these tips to find an award that you’ll pursue. We know that you’re a rising star – let the world know it, too!


  1. Kathleen Watson on June 16, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Lori, these all make so much sense – and I had never thought of them. THANKS for the specific ideas; I’m off to schedule time to delve into them so I can determine which makes most sense for me.

  2. Bonnie Copeland on June 17, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    I always wondered how people went about getting these awards! These are brilliant tips and ideas. Thank you so much and I”m off to do my assignment 🙂

  3. Lorraine on June 17, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Great thoughts! Thanks

  4. BizSugar.com on June 18, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Jennifer Lawrence, Matthew McConaughey and you

    Winning a business award could pack a big punch for your reputation. Here are a few of the benefits and where to find award opportunities.

  5. Michelle Castillo on June 18, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Never thought about this topic that way. For some reason I always thought awards were for other people, not me.

  6. laura Clark ~ Your Soul Wise Living Mentor on June 19, 2014 at 6:52 am

    For so many women, we do not seek out expert status let alone looking for awards!!!! I include myself in this group 😉 Thanks again for great insight……a huntin’ we will go!

  7. Cindy on June 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Standing out in a positive manner helps both businesses and your career. Thanks for highlighting these ways to help anyone build fame.

  8. Star on June 23, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I LOVE these tips, so practical and easy! I’ve often wondered how to learn about theses awards. Do you recommend being a member of the local chamber? Does this give a leg up in being nominated or having access to the awards?

  9. Tricia on June 26, 2014 at 10:13 am

    This is great post. I appreciate the specifics of how to research the awards in my industry. On my action list! Thanks!

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