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Last year was challenging for most American small businesses, and Barclays US Consumer Bank wants to give business owners a much-needed boost by revitalizing its “Small Business Big Wins” promotion.

For a chance to win a share of the $255,000 prize fund – including the $60,000 grand prize—small businesses across the country should go to to share their stories of resilience and how they met the unique demands of 2021.

“Small businesses have been dramatically impacted by our ever-changing environment over the past two years, and many small business owners have compelling stories to tell,” said Nancy Parnella, Director of US Business Cards at Barclays. “At Barclays, we recognize that small businesses are the engine of the American economy and are a vital resource worth supporting and protecting. We want to hear their stories and provide some much-needed financial support.”

Here’s how it works: The deadline for submitting entries is March 11, and then 10 finalists will be selected from the qualifying entries. The public gets a chance to review the stories of the top-10 finalists from April 13 through April 22 and vote for their favorite small business. Plus, all the companies that submit qualifying entries will be entered in a random drawing to win one of 50 $2,000 sweepstakes prizes. Contest winners will be announced the week of May 1, coinciding with National Small Business Week.

The details: Again, go to and submit your entry by March 11. Share how your business met the unique demands of 2021 in fewer than 500 words, and be sure to upload an original image that helps illustrate your story.

The total prize breakdown for the promotion:
• 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
• 50 Sweepstakes Prizes of $2,000 each

The legal stuff: Businesses must be owned by a legal resident of the United States who is at least 18 years of age. Businesses also must be currently open and in operation for at least one year prior to or as of February 10, 2021; have a valid EIN (employer identification number) or taxpayer identification number; employ less than 100 employees for the duration of the contest, and have annual business revenue of $5 million or less. For a complete list of the contest rules, please visit If you want to know more about Barclays’ business card offerings, go to

In partnership with Barclays US Consumer Bank

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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