Monday, December 08, 2008

Get Out The Vote

The Mashable Open Web Awards experience recently got us thinking... why not host our own award? As one of the largest online business networks in the world our abilty to discover some amazing companies and people across many different categories will make for an intiguing 'event'.

So...

Fast Pitch! just announced the First Annual Fast Pitch! Business of the Year Awards. The winners will be determined by a combination of open voting and an expert panel of judges. Finalists will receive increased visibility across the Fast Pitch! website over the next few weeks, in addition to considerable recognition and media exposure for the winners to be named in early 2009. Additionally, prizes will be awarded to the nine winners chosen in February 2009 among the following categories:


  • Business of the Year
  • Top Startup
  • Best New Technology
  • Best New Product
  • Best Networker
  • Top Green Business
  • Top Non-Profit
  • Top Business Blog
  • Top Business Video
To nominate your business, visit our awards page and select a category for your business. Then begin gathering votes from friends and colleagues by a). Embedding our voting widget on your blog, website, newsletters and more... Or, 2). Forwarding people your custom voting link which will take them to a page to vote for you.

The timeline for voting is as follows:
  • Open Voting / Nominations - Dec. 6, 2008 - Jan. 5, 2009
  • Top 10 Finalists Named - Jan. 9, 2009
  • Final Round Voting - Jan. 10, 2009 - Jan. 30, 2009
  • Winners Announced - Feb. 2, 2009
Rules for voting are as follows:
  1. A user may only cast One Vote per Category Per Day. Fast Pitch! tracks IP Address and Email Address to ensure fair voting.

  2. A nominee can promote their nomination by using the Widget or sending the direct link to any person (voters do NOT have to be members of Fast Pitch).

  3. A nominee can enter into multiple categories.

  4. The winners will be chosen by number of votes and a panel of expert judges will facilitate each round of voting.
Fast Pitch! Members - Get out the vote. Visit: http://www.fastpitchnetworking.com/awards.cfm

Good Luck!

Bill

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