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Cable Technology Feature Article

October 16, 2008

Women Compete in Digital Growth Contest

By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Women entrepreneurs from Atlanta to Orange County and numerous communities in between can take the opportunity of competing in the “Digital Growth Contest” for a prize package of business-boosting services.
The contest begins today, which is one week before National Business Women's Week, and continues through Thurs., Nov. 13. Winners will be announced in December.
According to the rules of the contest, entrants must submit an essay of 250 words, or less, about a woman-owned business. It should emphasize the opportunity, the challenges and the rewards of entrepreneurship. Also, each essay must include an anecdote or example that illustrates how the business could benefit from an upgrade to its communications technology.
To be eligible, the business must be owned or co-owned by a woman, and be located in the footprint of the cable service provider sponsoring the contest in that market.
A team of Digital Growth Contest judges will review all eligible entries. One winner in each of 11 U.S. markets will be selected by a panel of judges, and each will be awarded a prize package that includes a free year of business telecommunications services (telephone, Internet and/or TV) from a cable company.
The whole show is sponsored by local cable companies and co-sponsored by Ladies Who Launch, a multi-platform lifestyle company that supports female entrepreneurs. And organized and managed by Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM).
"Women are starting businesses at twice the rate of men, but are often short of funds and support as they strive to grow their companies," said Char Beales, President and CEO, CTAM. "The Digital Growth Contest continues the cable industry's long tradition of philanthropy by offering these women a helping hand as they work to succeed."
Victoria Colligan, founder of Ladies Who Launch, added, “The Digital Growth Contest gives women business owners the boost they need to get to the next level. Ladies Who Launch is thrilled to be working with the cable industry, because this program dovetails with our mission to facilitate the dreams and projects of entrepreneurial women."
Individuals may visit www.digitalgrowthcontest.com to enter themselves or someone else in the contest and can even get details about the rules and regulations of the contest.

Jyothi Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jyothi's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Eve Sullivan