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Amazon Unveils Winners of U.S. Small Business Spotlight Awards

November 26, 2019
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Amazon Unveils Winners of U.S. Small Business Spotlight Awards
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Amazon Unveils Winners of U.S. Small Business Spotlight Awards

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 26, 2019--

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced the U.S. winners of the Small Business Spotlight Awards, including: Small Business of the Year, Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year, and Small Business Owner Under 30 of the Year. Winners were unveiled at amazon.com/small-business-spotlight.

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The Small Business Spotlight Awards, introduced in September, honor and celebrate inspiring, unique, and customer-obsessed small businesses selling in Amazon’s stores. More than 1,300 American small businesses nominated themselves for the awards, and on October 15, 18 finalists, six per category, were announced and the contest opened up for customer voting to select the winners. Customer voting concluded on November 8.

Award winners will receive a prize package including six months of Amazon Strategic Account Services, Sponsored Products advertising credits, and promotion on Amazon.com. Winners will also receive a trip to Amazon’s Seattle headquarters to meet with Amazon leaders and learn more about the tools and services Amazon provides to help sellers grow and scale their businesses. The winners include:

“A huge congratulations to all three winners as well as the rest of the small businesses named finalists in our first-ever U.S. Small Business Spotlight Awards,” said Nicholas Denissen, VP of Small Business at Amazon. “We are honored that inspiring and diverse small businesses continue to choose to sell in our stores in the U.S. and around the world. 1818 Farms, Habit Nest, and nutpods exemplify what small business success in our stores looks like, and we celebrate them as models for other aspiring small businesses and entrepreneurs.”

On average, U.S.-based small and medium-sized businesses sell more than 4,000 items per minute in Amazon’s stores. Independent third-party sellers – primarily small and medium-sized businesses – made up 58% of all physical gross merchandise sold in Amazon’s stores in 2018, and their sales far exceeded $2 billion on Prime Day in July this year. These businesses have created an estimated 830,000 jobs in the U.S.

In October, Amazon announced Amazon Storefronts, its curated destination to shop exclusively from American small and medium-sized businesses, has surpassed 2.5 million products from nearly 30,000 companies. In the last 12 months, U.S. small and medium-sized businesses with products in Storefronts have sold more than 250 million items to more than 70 million unique customers.

Customers can support small businesses selling in Amazon’s stores this holiday season by shopping gifts from the first-ever Small Business Gift Guide at amazon.com/smallbusinessgiftguide. Additionally, on Saturday, November 30, holiday deals exclusively from small and medium-sized businesses will be featured on amazon.com/HoliDeals.

To learn more about the millions of small and medium-sized businesses selling in Amazon’s stores, visit: https://www.aboutamazon.com/supporting-small-businesses.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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