SOURCE: National Bank of Arizona

National Bank of Arizona

September 15, 2011 13:00 ET

National Bank of Arizona Announces Call for Entries for "Arizona's Next Great Business"

Companies Making Positive Impact on State to Compete for $10,000 Grand Prize

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - Sep 15, 2011) - Recognizing the challenges that local businesses face today, National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ) is setting out to reward one Arizona company making a positive impact on our state with a $10,000 grand prize and the title of "Arizona's Next Great Business."

Beginning Sept. 26, whether big or small, located uptown, downtown or in a small town, Arizona business owners and employees will compete to be named "Arizona's Next Great Business" by uploading a 90-second video via YouTube detailing how their business is making a difference in the state or their local community. Suggestions for submissions include commentary and examples of how their business contributes to the local economy, creates civic pride, impacts the quality of life for Arizonans, redefines technology or pioneers energy efficiency for the greater good. Submissions should also include how the company would utilize the $10,000 grand prize to make improvements to their business, whether it be purchasing additional supplies, creating a budget for an additional employee or investing in new technology.

The contest is part of NB|AZ's new social media campaign, launched earlier this summer as an effort to engage individuals and businesses that may have been previously unaware of NB|AZ and the services provided at the locally-based institution. The social-media initiative introduces a new contest every month in which members of the local community can enter to win various prizes through "liking" NB|AZ on Facebook. September's "Arizona's Next Great Business" serves as the most prominent contest of the six-month campaign, providing the largest prize to date and utilizing additional social media platforms such as YouTube to generate added interest from possible contestants.

"As part of our 2011 social media campaign, we want to give a voice to local Arizona companies that are making positive contributions to our community by creating a platform for promotional exposure and providing one exceptional business with a substantial reward for those contributions," said Alycia Perry, Vice President of National Bank of Arizona's Internet and Interactive Channels.

Online video submissions will be accepted Sept. 26 - Oct. 16, during which time contestants can upload their video to YouTube and officially enter the competition by providing a link to the video on NB|AZ's official Facebook page. From Oct. 17 - 30, an internal voting committee comprised of members of NB|AZ and Local First Arizona will select the top 10 video submissions and will turn over voting for "Arizona's Next Great Business" to the community by posting videos from the 10 finalists on NB|AZ's own YouTube channel. Online viewers can vote for their favorite company's video Oct. 31 - Nov. 13, with an official announcement of the winner on Nov. 17.

The contest is open to all Arizona-based businesses and sole proprietors that are registered with the state of Arizona at the time of submission. Official rules and entry details are available at bit.ly/nbazsocialbuzz.

About National Bank of Arizona
Founded in Tucson, Ariz., in 1984, National Bank of Arizona is a full-service community bank offering innovative solutions and award-winning service. Arizona's fourth-largest bank with more than $4.5 billion in assets, NB|AZ has over 72 offices throughout the state. Member FDIC. For more information, visit www.nbarizona.com.

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