Channels ▼

Jonathan Erickson

Dr. Dobb's Bloggers

Small Biz Meets 'American Idol', or Being Grungy Can Pay Off

August 19, 2008

Somehow I missed last year's Home-Based 100, an event I can best describe as "Small Business Meets American Idol". Sponsored by StartupNation, this is the second annual search for the top home-based businesses in the country.

The StartupNation Home-Based 100 is composed of 10 categories:

  • Best Financial Performers
  • Most Innovative
  • Boomers Back in Business
  • Greenest
  • Yummiest
  • Wackiest
  • Grungiest
  • Recession Busters
  • Most Glamorous

I have dibbs on the "Grungiest", but I'll leave "Most Glamorous" to you. To enter the Grungiest category, grease, grime, dirt, oil, tar, goop, soot, or any combination must be a reality in your daily home-business life. Yes, that certainly sounds like my home office. Last year's Grungiest winner was Doug Knippel's Northwest Redworms , a business that's all about redworm composting to break down organic consumer waste products.

According to the Small Business Administration, more than half of all U.S. businesses are based out of an owner's home, and home-based businesses contribute more than $530 billion to the U.S. economy each year. With more than 19 million entrepreneurs currently running a business from home, most experts believe this trend is at an all-time high.

"Home-based businesses are a growing and vital force in the U.S. economy, and the Home-Based 100 has established itself as the leading voice for recognizing and encouraging home-based business success,"says Microsoft's Michael Schultz. "Many of today's leading companies, including Microsoft, claim 'home' as their birthplace, and we are proud to join with StartupNation to recognize the future of entrepreneurship." Along with FedEx, Microsoft is a sponsor of the Home-Based 100 ranking.

To participate, your business must be home-based and have a business website. You can enter your business until September 30, 2008. Winners will be announced in mid-November, 2008. You can enter here.

 

 

Related Reading


More Insights






Currently we allow the following HTML tags in comments:

Single tags

These tags can be used alone and don't need an ending tag.

<br> Defines a single line break

<hr> Defines a horizontal line

Matching tags

These require an ending tag - e.g. <i>italic text</i>

<a> Defines an anchor

<b> Defines bold text

<big> Defines big text

<blockquote> Defines a long quotation

<caption> Defines a table caption

<cite> Defines a citation

<code> Defines computer code text

<em> Defines emphasized text

<fieldset> Defines a border around elements in a form

<h1> This is heading 1

<h2> This is heading 2

<h3> This is heading 3

<h4> This is heading 4

<h5> This is heading 5

<h6> This is heading 6

<i> Defines italic text

<p> Defines a paragraph

<pre> Defines preformatted text

<q> Defines a short quotation

<samp> Defines sample computer code text

<small> Defines small text

<span> Defines a section in a document

<s> Defines strikethrough text

<strike> Defines strikethrough text

<strong> Defines strong text

<sub> Defines subscripted text

<sup> Defines superscripted text

<u> Defines underlined text

Dr. Dobb's encourages readers to engage in spirited, healthy debate, including taking us to task. However, Dr. Dobb's moderates all comments posted to our site, and reserves the right to modify or remove any content that it determines to be derogatory, offensive, inflammatory, vulgar, irrelevant/off-topic, racist or obvious marketing or spam. Dr. Dobb's further reserves the right to disable the profile of any commenter participating in said activities.

 
Disqus Tips To upload an avatar photo, first complete your Disqus profile. | View the list of supported HTML tags you can use to style comments. | Please read our commenting policy.
 


Video