Announcing the 2012 Start Small Win Big Winners

Fit on the Fly founder Tami Provost began SUCCESS‘ Start Small, Win Big small business challenge with $52 in her business checking account.

GoGeddit’s Richie Burke and Jeremy Bemis went door to door soliciting businesses for his new daily deal site–that didn’t have a website yet.

integrity/Architecture’s Joey Nolasco and Joe Rasnick left a successful architecture firm, which was fat in billable hours, to start their own firm for potentially less money.

These were just three of the amazing small business stories we heard from the 2012  SUCCESS Start Small Win Big entrepreneur challenge (held January through April 2012, and returning in 2013).

A special mention for the Start Small Win Big judges, including Tory Johnson, Darren Hardy, Susan Kane, Lisa Ocker, Jennifer Chang, Mary Vinnedge, Amy Anderson, Brandy Jules and Shelby Skrhak, as well as the team, including Sam Watson, Nathan Noom, Melinda McQuillan, Robert Frey, Brian Cline, Julie Morrison, Curtis Broom and Hugh Murphy, who made the contest possible.

And lastly, a heartfelt thank you to all the Start Small Win Big contestants, whose enthusiasm, intellect and drive to succeed motivates us all. After reading your essay submissions, the SUCCESS editors were overwhelmed with enthusiasm and honor for having the opportunity to work with such talented contestants. Seriously, you brought tears to our eyes.


Journalist, podcaster and southpaw Shelby Skrhak is the former director of digital content and social media for Before joining SUCCESS magazine, Shelby launched the weekly suburban newspaper Plano Insider, and covered topics ranging from cops and courts to transportation and fashion. Her handwriting should be a font.

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