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"Keep It Local" contest underway for small businesses

Howard Bank contest for small businesses
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Posted at 4:14 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 16:14:41-04

Now, more than ever, we need to stand-up and support our local businesses and Howard Bank is doing just that with their "Keep it Local" contest.

In this contest the small business needs to nominate themselves, so yes it's OK to brag a little, all for a chance to win $10,000.

“During this challenging time we want to show our support for small businesses in the Greater Baltimore region,” said Mary Ann Scully, Chairman and CEO of Howard Bank. “We know that before the pandemic, and even during the current crisis, small businesses have consistently been major sources of strength and inspiration for their communities. And, at Howard Bank, we believe all businesses are essential. We look forward to recognizing the business that best embodies these qualities.”

Erica Starr, Director of Marketing for Howard Bank, said “Now more than ever, it is important to recognize the impact small businesses haveon our lives. Our Keep It Local contest celebrates the hard work and dedication small businesses have shown in their communities and now its our turn to return that dedication”

Between May 4th and May 15th small businesses can nominate themselves by simply filling out an online form by clicking the link:

The applicant must provide an inspiring story about the business as well as an explanation regarding how the business has gone above and beyond for its community.

The nominated business must be located within Howard Bank’s branch footprint, which includes Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Harford and Howard counties as well as Baltimore City.

Nominations will close on Friday, May 15th.

The Top 15 businesses will be announced on Monday, June 1st and the first round of voting will be open to the public until Monday, June 8th.

The Top 5 businesses will advance to the second round of voting beginning on Monday, June 15th and closing on Monday, June 22nd. The winner of Howard Bank’s 2020 Keep It Local contest will be announced on Tuesday, June 30th.