Amazon has officially launched the first ever Amazon Small Business Awards to its sellers, opening up nominations and offering a prize package for the winners.
The Amazon Small Business Awards will recognise business across three categories including Small Business of the Year, Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year and Small Business Owner Under 30 of the year.
Any retailers with an active Amazon Seller or Vendor account can now nominate their business until the deadline closes at midnight on Sunday October 6.
Each winner will receive a prize package including six months of dedicated account management, search advertising credits, promotion on Amazon.com and a trip to Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle to meet senior leaders and account managers.
Every nominee will be evaluated on how unique their products are and how they address customers needs, which businesses demonstrate “true customer obsession” and which businesses have the most inspiring story.
Finalists will be announced in mid-October, and Amazon customers will then be asked to vote for their favourite nominees in each category.
“The purpose of these awards is to showcase what the most successful small businesses are doing right as a model for others to learn from,” Amazon’s vice president of small business Nicholas Denissen said.
IDC’s research director of small and medium business Shari Lava added: “As retail and digital business evolves, small and medium-sized businesses embracing digital transformation are nearly twice as likely to see double digit revenue growth…Small and medium firms that successfully leverage strategic partners like Amazon are leading the way, reaching more customers, and growing their online sales.”