Man the presses! New contest offers $1,000 in free printing

A few days ago, I wrote about a contest to help rebuild your credit. I've just heard about another contest, which not surprisingly also has to do with our sinking, sagging economy.

I have a feeling that business owners are going to love this idea -- and that's who the contest is aimed at, entrepreneurs -- although I'm sure nonprofits, churches, PTA moms and any individual who does a lot of printing will be interested, too., a gigantic printing shop based in Livingston, Montana, is offering a contest this month, November and December, where any American resident 18 years old and older can win $1,000 of free printing. It's called the Economic Stimulus Contest. Here's what you do: Send in your most innovative marketing strategies to flip this economic downturn into an opportunity.
"What recession-busting marketing tactics will you use to ensure your business comes out on top? Whether your ideas are practical, crazy, over-the-top, or just plain weird -- we want to hear them. The more creative, the better!"

(Do I see a trend here? We all have to work harder if we want to win something? The last contest I mentioned made people write a 500-word essay, and Google's Let's All Save the Planet contest has people having to think hard about good ideas to help others. Gee, what happened to putting my name in a hat with a bunch of other names, or simply guessing how many jelly beans are in a jar? Why do I have to think so hard? Are all future contests from now on going to require us using our brains? )

If you think you have a great marketing idea that other small businesses should emulate, and you don't mind giving your idea away, you can read more about the contest rules here. Again, it's aimed at the business community, but you don't have to be a business owner to participate. You can fill out the entry form right here.

Each winner will be chosen five days after the month ends, so there are three opportunities ahead to win $1,000 in free printing, which they say includes brochures, newsletters, posters, postcards, business cards, calendars, presentation folders and greeting cards.

Geoff Williams is a freelance journalist and the author of C.C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race: The True Story of the 1928 Coast-to-Coast Run Across America (Rodale).
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