By Maria Valdez Haubrich

Verisign, the online verification and SSL certificate service, wants you to put together your most creative video and essay and enter its small business contest for a chance to win $25,000. The contest will accept entries from around the world to answer the question: “Where will .com or .net take your business?”

To enter, businesses must have fewer than 50 employees, upload a video of less than 2 minutes and an essay between 100 and 300 words. Entries will be judged based on:

  • How the contestant describes the .com or .net impact (40 percent)
  • The content and presentation of the entry (30 percent)
  • The relevance of the impact on all businesses as described in the entry (30 percent)

The contest began March 1, 2011, and all entries must be received by May 31, 2011.

Check DotComForSmallBiz and DotNetForSmallBiz for more rules.