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Grit & Wisdom

A small business contest


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  • Our judges are actively reviewing your entries
  • In July, our 100 semi-finalists will be individually notified
  • In September, we'll announce the Grand, First, and Second place winners right here

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FAQ about the Grit & Wisdom contest

How are winners determined?

An internal ADP panel will evaluate all submissions and score entries based on originality, helpfulness and clarity in helping small businesses succeed.

What are the top prizes and who receives them?

The 100 semi-finalists will receive $500 prepaid debit cards, which will be awarded to the individual submitters. The Grand, First place and Second-place prizes will be awarded to the business, not to employees who enter for their business. The Grand, First and Second-place winners can also receive a year of free payroll*.

Do I have to be an ADP customer to enter or win?

No. This contest is open to anyone at least 18 years of age at the time of entry who works for a U.S.-based small business with 100 and under employees, regardless of their current payroll provider. You do not need to become an ADP client to win.

When will the winners be notified?

Our partner agency will notify the 100 semi-finalists before the end of June. The Grand, First and Second-place winners will be notified in July.

How will winners be notified?

Our partner agency will notify all winners by email or phone, collect the appropriate documentation and award the prizes.

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE CHANCES OF WINNING. Open to legal residents of the 50 US/DC of the age of majority or older as of the date of entry, who are business owners, partners, founders, or employees of an eligible small business. (1) Grand Prize: Business prize pack and year of payroll service, ARV up to $7,500. (2) 1st Prizes: Business prize pack and year of payroll service, ARV up to $5,000. (5) 2nd Prizes: Business prize pack and year of payroll service, ARV up to $3,500. (100) Semi-Finalist Prizes: $500 prepaid debit card. Subject to Official Rules including all details at Begins 5/1/24 at 9:00am ET; ends 6/17/24 at 5:00pm ET. Void where prohibited. ©2024 ADP, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • *Free payroll is for RUN Powered by ADP® payroll for the business associated with the winning entry for one year up to $2,500 value and is not a condition to winning. In order to receive free payroll, a new ADP client must sign a complete ADP sales order within 90 days of notification by Sponsor. Free payroll applies to companies with 1 to 49 employees and to all features of standard payroll processing invoiced on client’s regular processing cycle and does not include additional non-payroll services; excludes pass through costs, courier and other delivery fees, including off cycle fees, hardware, or penalty and interest fees. Companies with 50-100 employees that want to use ADP TotalSource® or ADP Workforce Now® services instead of RUN Powered by ADP® can elect to receive a credit in the amount of $2,500 toward these services instead of the RUN Powered by ADP service if they sign any applicable service agreements for these services within 90 days of notification by Sponsor.
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