Microsoft’s $100K Giveaway

What would you do with your business if you had $100,000 for a technology makeover? That’s usually a rhetorical question, but in this case it’s not. As part of its Small Business Summit, which runs from March 19 to 23, Microsoft plans to give a small business a $100,000 Total Technology Makeover.

If you don’t hit the big prize, you might win the use of a private jet for 10 hours or perhaps a less-glamorous-but-useful copy of Microsoft Office Small Business 2007.

In order to enter the contest, you must first register for the Summit (it’s free). When you finish registering, you’ll be able to access the Contest Entry Form. Microsoft plans to announce the winner on March 19, the first day of the Summit.

You must submit your completed application by Feb. 25 to be considered for the $100K, so don’t delay. Here’s a look at the steps you need to take and the qualifications you need to meet in order to enter. Be sure to check out the fine print (also known as the full set of official rules).

  1. Register for the Small Business Summit at
  2. Complete the Total Technology Makeover application, telling Microsoft about your business and why it’s a great candidate for a Total Tech Makeover.
  3. Submit your completed application by February 25, 2007.
  4. Meet the following qualifications:

    • Be at least 18 years or older
    • Be a legal resident of the 50 United States (includes the District of Columbia)
    • Employ at least five but not more than 49 employees
    • Operate your business from outside your home
    • Be able to provide proof that this business has been established and in continual operation for at least two years
    • Be managing your business in compliance with all local, state and federal laws

Microsoft’s second annual Small Business Summit features 58 on-demand Webcasts that cover a range of topics including financial management, sales and marketing, productivity and mobility and computer security.

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Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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