The call for entries has ended. 

Please join us on Thursday, October 21st at 6 PM when we will announce the winning business at a Networking Event at Sasha Dale Photography Studio!


*Tickets are free!

Here is what our winner will receive!!

with Karen Etchells with Innovast Digital Marketing.

with Sasha Dale Photography
Includes: pre-shoot consultation, custom shoot plan, multiple locations and outfit changes if needed, and full gallery of images to use on all of your digital and printed platforms.

with Beauty by Mineko.

with Micah Bailey of Firesite Flix
Includes: Filming and editing of one (1) two-minute promotional video for the website, two (2) 30-second client testimonial videos, and six (6) 15-second clips for social media.

by Ashon “Chewy” Avent with Main Avent.

hosted by Dana Dowdell and Russ Harlow. 

It’s a $10,000 Branding/Marketing Prize Package!

Karen Etchells
Innovast Digital Marketing

Helping businesses to be competitive online with Website Design, SEO, and Social Media Management Services.

Sasha Dale
Sasha Dale Photography

A full services photography studio located in Mystic, CT specializing in both boudoir photography and commercial branding photography for businesses.

Nikki Dawson
Beauty by Mineko

Licensed Aesthetician and Professional Makeup Artist specializing in bridal, editorial & runway hair & makeup, offering in-studio aesthetic services including facials and waxing.

Micah Bailey Filmmaker Video

Micah Bailey
Firesite Flix

A Video Production Company helping small businesses gain exposure by creating videos for digital marketing and social media.

Ashon “Chewy” Avent
Main Avent

Custom Designed and Branded Athletic Wear, T-Shirts & more, where customer needs are met with exceptional service.

Dana Dowdell &
Russ Harlow
It's Just Business Podcast

A podcast covering all aspects of small business start-up and growth to help motivate and inspire listeners to level up their business!

The Pandemic has brought hard times to small business owners. Many have faced unimaginable challenges and continue to endure. Businesses have had to change how they provide services and adopt new safety measures and delivery processes. Others have created new revenue streams, often with fewer employees. Such businesses require marketing support to get new concepts introduced to their customers, raise awareness, and generate leads.

We Want to Help Our Area Businesses get Back on Track!

We are Marketing Professionals, each with specific areas of expertise, who have come together to highlight and share the stories of local businesses that have shown exceptional strength and perseverance. Our goal is to shine a spotlight on a deserving business that has gone the extra mile to continue to serve its customers or has supported others to help them make it through difficult times brought on by COVID.

Do You Know of a Small Business that Deserves to be in the Spotlight?

Nominate a Business

1.)    that was negatively affected by Covid – OR –

2.)    offered support to others negatively impacted by Covid.

The call for entries has ended. 

Please join us on Thursday, October 21st at 6 PM when we will announce the winning business at a Networking Event at Sasha Dale Photography Studio!

Contest details:

Nominate a local business by sharing the story of how they made an impact during the pandemic that deserves to be known!

– Share a story of inspiration in no more than 750 words.

– Nominated businesses must be located within 50 miles of Mystic, Connecticut.

The deadline for entries to nominate a business was 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

*Submissions may be shared on Social Media.

The winning business will be carefully selected by our group of sponsors collectively and will be announced Live on October 21th at 6:00 PM during a Networking Event honoring all nominees at the studio of Sasha Dale Photography, 12 Roosevelt Ave, Mystic CT 06355.

The power of locally-owned businesses is undeniable. When times get tough, they thrive and show the world what strength looks like. That’s why we’re so proud to recognize them for their dedication and commitment to our community during these uncertain times!

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