Dallas Market Center  launched the third annual The Next Big Give  contest, a national search for specialty retailers that give back in their communities through volunteering, raising funds or donating goods.
Whether spending time serving at a local food bank, holding a fundraising event to benefit a worthy cause or collecting goods for an organization in need, The Next Big Give seeks retailers who make a difference.
“We’re truly inspired by retailers serving in their communities,” said Cindy Morris, COO, Dallas Market Center. “We look forward to hearing even more stories of good works and kindness.”
Last year, two lighting retailers, Capitol Lighting , Boca Raton, FL, and A. Dodson’s , Suffolk, VA, were among the 10 finalists. Capitol Lighting was nominated for its work with Habitat for Humanity and A. Dodson’s was was chosen for its “Round Up” program, which allows customers to round their purchases up to the nearest dollar and donate the remainder to charity.
Ten finalists in this year’s competition will be announced on Jan. 8, 2013 and two winners on Feb. 14, 2013. Two winners will receive a complimentary trip to March Market in Dallas (March 21-24, 2013) including round-trip airfare from anywhere in the continental U.S. and two nights hotel stay.
While at Market, The Next Big Give winners will be recognized during The Inspired Event, a cocktail party benefiting a charitable cause. The winners will share their stories of giving back in hopes to inspire other retailers to do the same.
Retailers may nominate themselves or be nominated by a manufacturer, a sales representative or customer. The application is available at www.dallasmarketcenter.com/give . Deadline for applications is Dec. 7, 2012.
The contest is open to specialty retailers operating their stores in the continental U.S. The finalists and winners will be selected by a panel of industry experts and Dallas Market Center representatives. For additional information on the contest, visit www.dallasmarketcenter.com/give  or email [email protected] .