Behind the .US “Dream Big” Contest WinnersJuly 24, 2012
On July 2, 2012, Neustar and .US released the full stories of the “Small Business Dream Big Contest” winners: American-owned and operated Fast Fine Classics, a Florida-based automotive restoration shop, and Apples2Apples, a restaurant consultancy.
In an effort to kickstart the U.S. economy, .US encouraged small-business owners to join the movement by sharing their stories, business goals and online ambitions. Selected from a pool of applicants, the winners’ journeys began early May of this year with their passionate video submissions.
Within days of learning that they were selected as the Dream Big winners, Fast Fine Classics Steven Litherland and Greg Taylor and Apples2Apples owner Marvin White flew from their home towns to Washington, D.C. for an all-expense paid trip to attend the National Small Business Week conference. They also received one-on-one professional consulting from industry experts and worked with a top advertising agency over the course of just a few weeks to produce a complete brand story, web design, content-filled website and local advertising campaign customized for their specific businesses.
.US is proud of both their stories and will continue to follow the success of Apples2Apples and Fast Fine Classics. Their new websites and increased online presence will help them succeed in today’s completive marketplace, while also inspiring other small businesses to join the movement to Kickstart America.