By Karen Axelton

Want expert help to get better at social media marketing–plus thousands of dollars to spend on whatever you need to grow your small business? American Express OPEN is partnering with Facebook for the second annual Big Break for Small Business Contest. Entering this small business contest is easy – all you have to do is answer a few questions and upload some photos.

10 finalists will get:

  • A custom video created by American Express OPEN for their use during voting
  • $2,500 in Facebook ad credits to help their social media advertising efforts
  • A digital toolkit to help engage their community on social media

5 Big Break Winners, as determined by community voting, will each get:

  • $25,000 to grow their business with social media and drive customers to their door, plus a visit from American Express OPEN and Facebook for a one-on-one strategy session to put it all into action.

Winning will even pay off for your community. Big Break Winners’ communities will get an event for local businesses to meet and learn from American Express OPEN and Facebook, plus statement credits for American Express® Cardmembers to shop at local small businesses one weekend in September (details to be announced).

The 10 finalists will be selected by a panel of expert judges, then the community will vote on 5 winners.

Deadline for entries is July 13, 2012. Finalists will be chosen by July 30, 2012, and  community voting will take place August 20, 2012, through August 31, 2012.

Visit American Express OPEN’s Facebook page to learn more and enter.