Martha Stewart American Made Awards – a big chance for your small biz

American Made!We love small businesses, and we love Martha Stewart. And now they’re coming together in a marvelous opportunity for one lucky entrepreneur or crafter. Could that be you?

Second question: could you use $10,000?

Martha Stewart’s American Made competition is searching for the next generation of creative entrepreneurs launching their own small businesses, just as Martha herself once did. Although Martha and her editors are currently selecting their top ten entries, you can nominate yourself (or someone else, of course) for the 11th spot, the Audience Choice Award.

Simply go to the nomination form and provide all the necessary information, including photos, links, and your business story. Guidelines are here, and judging will be based on five criteria: quality and craftsmanship, artistry and creativity, inspiration, possibility, and inspiration. The winner will be honored at an NYC event with Martha herself and featured in this December’s issue of Martha Stewart Living.
Oh– and receive $10,000 toward their new business. Not too shabby.
It would make us beyond happy to know that one of YOU made the cut. So for selfish reasons, we hope you nominate yourself or a friend before August 25. May the entrepreneurial odds be ever in your favor!~Delilah
Find out more about the competition at the Martha Stewart American Made site and hurry, the entry period ends Friday 8.25.12 with voting beginning on 9.7.12.


Senior Associate Editor Delilah S. Dawson puts the chic in geek. Ask her anything about Star Wars. Really.


  • Reply September 10, 2012

    Ashley McCally

    I made the cut! I follow you guys religiously on Pinterest & twitter, love your picks. Thanks for sharing this awesome opportunity for small artisans! I’m a stay at home mama with a tiny business and this opportunity is amazing! I’d love it if you would take a look at my stuff and if you like it give me a quick shout out for the competition! I’m one of the 100 finalists, voting is open until Sept 24th and you can vote daily. Here is a link to my profile:

  • Reply September 11, 2012

    Jamie Knoll

    We made the cut! JAVA & Co. is among the finalists chosen. Hard work DOES pay off. Thank you for posting the original article. I found it. I entered. And there you go. Thank you!

  • Reply September 12, 2012

    Erica (Bison Booties)

    Thanks for posting about this great award, I applied and am proud to be a finalist! I’m the only finalist from North or South Dakota. What an honor.

    Please vote for my small business – BISON BOOTIES –

  • Reply September 13, 2012

    Lindsay Henry

    I made the cut! I am completely humbled to be among so many other great artists as one of the finalists! As a fellow mom and entrepreneur, I’m the founder of INKLINGS PAPERIE. We make sweet paper goods and scratch-off cards for baby and bridal showers! I invite you to take a peek at our paper goodies, and take just 30 seconds to cast your vote of support. Thank-you so much for your support, and (Delilah) for sharing about this competition!

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