Let the USPS Pay You Back for Using Their Services

Tell the USPS how their services have helped your business, and win a $10,000 gift card from American Express, a USPS ad appearance, a computer office package and more.

By Laura Tiffany

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You don't have to be a notorious criminal to have your mugposted in ads in post offices across the country--being a greatbusiness owner will do just fine. The USPS's "Real People.Real Success." contest is seeking small-business ownerswho've used USPS products to help their business grow--and canwrite a compelling 125-word entry about it.

The grand prize winner will be featured in an upcoming USPSadvertising campaign, which will appear in 20,000 post offices in2003. They'll receive the following prizes:

  • A guest appearance on PBS' "Small BusinessSchool";
  • A $10,000 gift card from OPEN: The Small Business Network from AmericanExpress;
  • An IBM office computer package, which includes a server, threenotebook computers, three desktops and a printer;
  • A 4,000-piece direct mailing from Zairmail; and
  • A one-year subscription to ThinkDirectMarketing.com.

Five first-place winners will also be featured in USPS ads, andwill receive a full, online learning subscription from PBS's"Small Business School" Web site; a $2,000 gift cardfrom OPEN: The Small Business Network from American Express; asmaller IBM office computer package; a 4,000-piece direct mailingfrom Zairmail; and a one-year subscription toThinkDirectMarketing.com. Fifteen second-place winners will befeatured in USPS ads and receive the same subscriptions toPBS's "Small Business School" Web site andThinkDirectMarketing.com.

To enter the contest, visit http://www.usps.gov/RealSuccess by October 18 andsubmit your 125-word description of how USPS products--includingPriority Mail, Express Mail and other special services--havecontributed to your business's success.

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