-Fishbowl, Joined By Intuit, Kicks Off First 2013 Competition in Grow America’s
Expanded National Program-
Salt Lake City—January 28, 2013—Grow America? (www.GrowAm.com) has today announced that Fishbowl, provider of Fishbowl Inventory™, the number one most requested inventory software for users of QuickBooks, in partnership with Intuit, the Fortune 100 provider of financial software and services for small companies, are joining together as the Presenting Sponsors for Grow America’s Innovative Product Competition, which begins today and culminates in $35,000 in prizes for three winning entrepreneurial companies on February 26.
Grow America was founded in 2012 by entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist and popular columnist and author Alan E. Hall, as an organization that funds great companies, helps accelerate their growth, and stimulates the economy by helping entrepreneurs. As an expansion of the progress started in its 2012 programs, Grow America has expanded its competitions to an online platform that will support entrepreneurs throughout the entire United States for 2013. Ultimately, Grow America intends to offer its programs to entrepreneurs throughout the world.
The 30-day Innovative Product Competition Grow America is launching today will award $35,000 to three winning companies ($20,000 for first place, $10,000 for second and $5,000 for third). The competition uses CrowdLift?, a new platform that lets entrepreneurs use their community, the social community and entrepreneurial networks to provide votes and to help the best innovations rise to the top.
“Our entire focus through our Fishbowl Inventory family of products is on providing small to medium companies with all of the resources they need to succeed,” said David K. Williams, CEO of Fishbowl and popular Forbes and HBR columnist and author. “We are proud to be Grow America’s first Presenting Sponsor, and to join our tremendous partner Intuit to support Alan Hall in advancing this new program in 2013.”
Entrepreneurs can come to the Grow America site to compete, to leverage socially-curated information, to vote for great product ideas, and to access the entrepreneurial hub that provides an exciting set of downloadable resources for business owners and individuals who are in the process of becoming entrepreneurs.
Grow America has also acknowledged the role of Startup America, who helped to kick off the January competition by inviting Grow America to preview the program from its CES stage.
Entrants in the program gain points through community votes with “likes” and “shares.” Grow America’s new social platform also helps participants track the progress of their favorite entrepreneurs and organizations. To participate in the program or to review and vote on current entrants, visit www.growam.com/competition.
Fishbowl and its cornerstone product, Fishbowl Inventory, make it possible for every business to have the level of flexible and mobile inventory management solutions large organizations enjoy. It is especially popular among manufacturers and wholesale distributors. Fishbowl offers advanced features that include multiple location tracking, seamless QuickBooks integration, order management and pick/pack/ship functionality.
About Grow America
Grow America is a company with a mission to help entrepreneurs be successful, help them build their companies and grow local economies. As an organization, we align partners, mentors and capital that the entrepreneurs need to create, launch and grow successful companies. (For more information, visit www.GrowAm.com.)
Cheryl Conner, Snapp Conner PR