Amazon recognizes small business sellers

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Amazon recognizes small business sellers

By Dan Berthiaume - 09/20/2019
Amazon is accepting nominations for the first-ever Amazon Small Business Awards.

According to the e-tailer, the awards “celebrate inspiring and unique American small businesses selling in Amazon’s stores.” Awards are being given in three categories: Small Business of the Year, Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year, and Small Business Owner Under 30 of the Year.

Amazon will evaluate all nominations according to the following criteria:
• Small business story: Which businesses have the most inspiring origin story and company vision?
• Customer-centricity: Which businesses demonstrate true “customer obsession”?
• Product selection and value: Which businesses have the most unique products that address customer needs in an innovative way?

Finalists will be announced in mid-October. Amazon customers with a valid account will then select the winner by voting for their favorite nominee in each category. Customers must be signed into their Amazon account in order to cast a vote.

Winners from each category will receive a prize package including six months of dedicated Amazon seller or vendor account management, Amazon search advertising credits, promotion on, and a trip to the company’s Seattle headquarters to meet with senior leaders and account managers. Winners will be announced later this year.

“We want to see small businesses across the country thriving like never before,” said Nicholas Denissen, Amazon VP of small business. “We are committed to helping them harness the power of online sales, reach new customers, and provide fantastic selection, value, and convenience. The purpose of these awards is to showcase what the most successful small businesses are doing right as a model for others to learn from.”

Small businesses with an active Amazon Seller or Vendor account can nominate their business for the awards here. Nominations close at 11:59 p.m. PDT on Sunday, Oct. 6.

In August, Amazon announced it has launched 150 tools and services since the beginning of the year to help independent small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) grow their sales online.