We read submissions until our vision blurred; selected Start Small, Go Big competitors; and championed our favorite businesses into the wee hours of the morning (kind of like The Hunger Games, were they played by wild-eyed editors in a locked-down conference room).
Twelve finalists emerged. Now we need your help.
Head over to our voting page to meet the would-be victors (from Seattle’s rain cape crusader to small-batch booze brothers in Boston) and vote. The spoils? One winner from each category (fashion, food and drink, health and beauty, and home) will receive a trip to NYC to attend the DailyCandy Academy and learn from industry icons (Kate Somerville, Gail Simmons, and others), as well as a DailyCandy story.
Need more incentive? Each day of voting we’re giving away a Lauren Merkin Blair clutch.
It’s simple: Vote for one business in each category, once per day. And enter for a chance to win a handbag each time.
May the odds be ever in your favor.
To vote, go to dailycandy.com/startsmallgobig.
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