British Airways Business Opportunity Grants

British Airways is giving away a year of travel plus other benefits to 100 companies.

Research from The Harvard Business Review shows(1) that business travel is important.  But, you already knew that.  Why else would you spend all that time and money traveling for business?

Well British Airways wants to help 100 small businesses increase their business opportunities by traveling more.  BA is running a contest where they will grant 100 SBO’s these travel and other benefits:

  • British Airways airfare for 10 round-trip Club World business class flights.
  • 5 free British Airways World Cargo freight shipments of up to 500 kilos to worldwide destinations
  • $1000 toward accommodation at Courtyard by Marriott
  • 5 Regus Businessworld Gold Cards providing access to business lounges worldwide
  • Canon PIXMA MX860 Wireless Office All-In-One Printer

That’s a pretty good deal.  How do throw your hat in the ring to win that prize?

Apply here by September 30th, 2009.

The application requires you to create an account, and give information about yourself as well as your company.  I’m sure BA will use some of this information for marketing purposes in the future.  BA also includes an essay section.  So, there’s some work to the application.

To give yourself a chance to win, make sure you stand out in the essays.  How is your company unique and interesting?

If your company has more than 500 employees or doesn’t have a US federal ID, then don’t bother to apply.  You’re not eligible to win the prize.

Did anyone apply?  What are your thoughts on the contest?

(1) The study shows that 87% of professionals think that face-to-face meetings are essential for sealing the deal, while 95% said it’s the key to successful, long lasting business relationships.

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