Your Vote Counts! Please Vote For My Small Business!

My faith in my fellow business women, friends, and coworkers is shaken. Most days, I am energized by the integrity and support of the women around me. Today, not so much.

I spent days researching and writing a solid, well researched, inspiring, innovative grant proposal. If selected, my proposal could mean $250,000 for my small business in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Ahh, but there's a catch. In order for my proposal even to be considered, our company has to receive 250 or more votes on Mission Small Business. The deadline is tomorrow. So far we have 40 votes.

Why? Because I heard about the grand a week before the deadline, but I was sure I could get 250 votes in a week no problem because I have an outstanding company with an impeccable record, and a personal social network of near 1,000. So if even a quarter of my network take a few seconds to vote, my grant would be considered.

I posted this on both my business and personal Face Book and Twitter:

Your support could translate into a grant for Elysium Paining Company! But we need at least 210 more votes to qualify.

1. Go to click 'Log In & Support' and log in using Facebook.

2. Search for Elysium Painting Company

3.Click on the blue Vote button next to our business name to show your support for our business.

I was wrong. I learned a valuable lesson: requests of this kind are typically ignored, even by helpful, savvy people. People tend to dismiss them as ads or scams. Those who do want to help usually will only do so if it's obviously quick and easy. 

I have to admit I've been guilty of this dismissiveness myself.

What would have been a more successful call to action? I'd love your feedback and although the odds are against me and time is running out, I'd love your vote.

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