Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU), a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, has rewarded 10 Indian small businesses with INR 2.5 lakhs each. These businesses were the winners of the first of its kind pan India small business social campaign called Small Business Local Buzz. This initiative further strengthens Intuit’s commitment of fostering the small business ecosystem in India by enabling them to use the money to grow their business.
The campaign witnessed participation from more than 500 small businesses across different sectors in India such as Information Technology, Education, F&B, Travel & Tourism, Handicrafts, Sports and Fitness. While a large number of entries were received from the four metro cities, small businesses from Patna, Coonoor, Hyderabad, Dehradhun and Ahmedabad also participated actively.
The winners were selected based on voter preferences and the verdict of a select jury comprising of Nikhil Arora, Vice President and Managing Director of Intuit and Vijay Anand, Vice President, India Development Center, India. The 10 winners of the Small Business Local Buzz programme in India are:
· Buzzing Books – A Noida based online book store
· Ruby J Consulting – An image consulting firm
· Routofy – A travel portal that specialises in itinerary creations
· Gambolla – A children’s club that encourages learning through play
· Bell Peppers – A restaurant the delivers great food at your doorstep
· Sunkalp Energy – An online platform that helps schools raise funds to install solar panels on their rooftops
· Ecoscapes – A landscaping business focused on creating a healthy balanced future
ISEED – International School of Entrepreneurship, Education & Development, is a unique initiative totally focussed towards entrepreneurship education and development.
Patisserie Nitash – An online bakery store
Indian Yards – Reviving the dying art of patch work quilting and empowering women in rural areas
Nikhil Arora, Vice President and Managing Director of Intuit India said, “Intuit has solely focused on small businesses in India and this contest helped address the marketing challenge that small businesses face. We instituted this program to help Indian small businesses boost their business and succeed in a dynamic environment. I congratulate the winners for their innovative marketing ideas and wish them success for the future.”
The Small Business Local Buzz programme is a part of Intuit’s larger, ongoing commitment to support the financial success of small businesses worldwide. This was Intuit’s largest social campaign and was run in 4 countries simultaneously, including US, Canada, UK and India.