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More than 4,700 small business owners entered Barclays US Consumer Bank’s “Small Business Big Wins” promotion in February and March. Judges have since narrowed the field to 10 finalists vying for a $60,000 grand prize. Wait until you hear their stories!

The contest was created to provide a much-needed boost to small businesses with compelling stories of resilience in a landscape forever changed by COVID-19. 

The promotion, which launched on February 11, invited small businesses from across the nation to share how they met the unique demands of 2021 for a chance to win the grand prize or one of many cash prizes. The total prize fund for the promotion is $255,000.

Here’s your chance to get involved.

From April 13 through April 22, the public will have a chance to review the stories of the top-10 finalists and vote for their favorite small business at

The total prize breakdown for the top 10 includes:

  • One Grand Prize of $60,000 
  • One 2nd Place Prize of $40,000 
  • One 3rd Place Prize of $20,000 
  • Seven Runner-Up Prizes of $5,000 each

The announcement of contest winners for the top 10 will take place on May 3 to coincide with National Small Business Week. In addition to the top-10 prize fund, all businesses outside of the top 10 that submitted qualifying entries were entered in a random drawing to win one of 50 $2,000 sweepstakes prizes. 

In December 2020, Barclays announced Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs as the winner of its first-ever “Small Business Big Wins” promotion and the recipient of a $50,000 grand prize. The Buffalo, New York restaurant, known for its custom brand of signature hot dogs, edged out nine other finalists in a nationwide vote. In addition, Barclays awarded $25,000 to Pot au Feu restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island for second place; $15,000 to The Owego Kitchen in Owego, New York for third place; and $5,000 for each of the remaining finalists in the top 10 in 2020.

For more information and to vote for the finalists, visit Best of luck to the small business finalists!

Brian Moran

Brian Moran

Prior to rejoining the world of entrepreneurship, Brian was the Executive Director of Sales Development at the Wall Street Journal where he oversaw the sales development and marketing programs for the financial and small business categories among the many Journal brands. From 2002-2010, Brian was President of Veracle Media and Moran Media Group.

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