Make Mine a Million $ Business Race

Join The Race in 2009

Join The Race in 2009

Ladies as a fellow female entrepreneur I am always looking for ways to increase the revenue for my business.  I have to share with you a unique and very special organization that will help you on your path to success in doing so.  Count Me In – the organization for women’s economic independence is the single most worthwhile organization you should join. Women business owners who participate in their “Make Mine A Million $” business program see increases of revenue up to 40%.  Why?  Because Count Me In provides you with the resources and tools to make your business a success.  Count Me In founder, Nell Merlino (who also instituted Take Your Daughter To Work Day) has partnered the organization with corporate sponsors like OPEN from American Express, JetBlue, Dell, FedEx, Sam’s Club, Reader’s Digest and other organizations that are committed to helping women take their business revenues to a million dollars or more.  (If that isn’t credible, I don’t know what is!)

Starting in 2009, Count Me In will be sponsoring The Make Mine a Million $ Business Race, I encourage – no I implore each and everyone of you to register for this event that will change your business.


Register early, set your 2009 revenue goal at $250,000, $500,000 or $1mm.  Take advantage of our recommended preparation tips before the M3 RACE begins. (You will be given this information once you register)


Starting January 27, at the click of a mouse, you will have access to experts, resources, and opportunities tailored for YOU!  You are never alone.

* Cutting-edge on-line business assessment with expert advice and education
* Personalized “dashboard” to track your goals and annual revenue
* Social network to find other M3 RACE participants and post questions
* Invitations to three national educational and networking events
* Opportunities to reach new national markets with partners like American Express OPEN, Reader’s Digest, Dell and Sam’s Club
* Promotion through local and national TV, newspapers, magazines, radio, and blogs

Prizes and national recognition for crossing your personal finish line, as well as the chance to win our Grand Prize of $100,000 cash for your business with national PR, advertising and press for your business, and other business-boosting and work-life-balancing prizes for success on the national and state level.

Because of the level of expertise that will be offered to the participants of this program, there is an entry fee.  However, register by December 14th and save $25!

The Make Mine a Million $ Business RACE is an exciting year-long business growth marathon to support you in becoming a successful and productive business owner and help rebuild our nation’s economy.

1.    What is the Make Mine a Million $ Business RACE (M3 RACE)?

No, you don’t have to run.  The Make Mine a Million $ Business RACE is an exciting year-long business growth marathon to support you in becoming a successful and productive business owner and help rebuild our nation’s economy.

Just like the walk/run marathons that you know to benefit breast cancer research and other causes, you can choose your own pace for your 2009 business revenue goal: $250,000, $500K, or one million dollars or more!

Whether you have a business or are just starting one, we will help you “train” by assessing your business strengths and weaknesses, introducing you to coaches, peer groups and experts, increasing your access to new markets, financing and national recognition so you can grow, create jobs where you live and provide economic stability for your families, communities and the country.

2.    Why should I enter the M3 RACE?

There has never been a better time to focus on exactly what you want for your business and what it will take to get it.  Now is your time to stand up and count yourself in.

Enter the M3 RACE to:

* Become a more successful and productive business owner
* Run and enjoy a balanced life as a woman, entrepreneur and/or mother
* Take the mystery out of running a business
* Create your own personal vision for your business
* Manage and control your business and keep it from controlling you
* Delegate to gain the results you want
* Exceed your customer’s expectations so they return and promote you to others
* Find, attract, hire and keep excellent employees
* Achieve and surpass a million $ or more in annual revenue more quickly

3.    What do I get by entering the M3 RACE?

By joining the M3 RACE starting January 27, you will have access to support and assistance that has never before been available to women entrepreneurs.

* You are never alone.  Support, tools and guidance to prepare you for the M3 RACE.
* Online business assessment tool to help you identify where your business stands and what you need to reach your 2009 goal
* Your own personalized Dashboard where you can track your short term goals and annual revenue, find other M3 RACE participants and post questions
* Exposure for your product or service to new audiences
* Access to three national events, which will include intensive workshops and competitions for business-boosting and work-life-balancing prizes
* Opportunities to reach new national markets with partners like American Express OPEN, Reader’s Digest, Dell and Sam’s Club and promotion through local and national TV, newspapers, magazines, radio and blogs
* Prizes and national recognition for crossing your personal finish line, as well as the chance to win our Grand Prize of $100,000 cash for your business and national PR, advertising and press for your business and other prizes for success on the national and state level.

4.    When does the Make Mine a Million $ Business RACE Begin and End?

The M3 RACE starts online at on January 27, 2009, where you sign up to race and declare your revenue goals for the year and get ready for the journey of a lifetime!

Advance registration:  December 1, 2008 thru December 14, 2008
Standard Registration:  December 15, 2008 thru June 30, 2009

The M3 RACE ends on midnight, December 31, 2009 and winners will be announced in February 2010.

5.    How do I enter the Make Mine a Million $ Business RACE?

It’s easy!  Enter the M3 RACE

6.    Who is eligible?

Eligibility requirements:

* Own a business or have an idea for a new business
* 18 years or older
* U.S. Citizen or legal resident
* Female
* Business is at least 50% women owned

7.    What do I win?

You win just by being in the M3 RACE.  On average, women who have participated in the Make Mine a Million $ Business program have increased their revenue and job growth rate by more than 40% within 12 months.

By joining the M3 RACE, you will have an opportunity to be part of a community of women entrepreneurs across the country growing their businesses, creating jobs and providing for their families.  We are in it together.

8.    What are the prizes?

The Grand Prize winner will receive a $100,000 cash prize and a year’s worth of marketing, advertising and press opportunities.

Runner up winners from all 50 states and in 15 business sector categories receive a coveted prize package including one-on-one business coaching, technology products, media exposure, access to financing and new markets, and products and services like grocery delivery services to help them manage their families and household.   Stay tuned for more…

*Prizes are subject to change.

9.     How do I win?

Judging criteria is based on:

* Sales levels (compared to base year)
* Percentage revenue growth (compared to base year)
* Percentage employee growth
* Business net worth
* Profitability after owner(s) draw

Certification of figures: Count Me In will require your assistance in collecting figures to evaluate your business growth. You will be required to enter monthly metrics.  All figures will be confidential and not disclosed or shared with third parties.

Winners will be selected based on company-submitted information, but will not be officially named until Count Me In has received and reviewed either tax returns or CPA prepared financials for 2008 and certification of sales for 2009.  This information must be provided no later than February 1, 2010.

10.     Is there an entry fee?

Yes.  To provide you with the best coaches and experts, a dynamic online business assessment tool, and a national network of women just like you, there is an entry fee of $100.  If you sign up before December 15, you will be able to enter the M3 RACE for $75.

11.    What if my 2008 sales already exceeded $1 million?

Congratulations!  We encourage you to register for the M3 RACE so you can continue to grow your multi-million dollar business.  We will also expose you to media opportunities, send you information relevant to your stage of business growth, invite you to mentor other women and speak on expert panels.

12.    How can men get involved?

Men can support women in the Make Mine a Million $ Business RACE as business partners, vendors, employees and contractors.  As husbands, brothers, fathers, sons and friends, you can pay the registration fee for a woman you know.

13.    Who is supporting the Make Mine a Million $ Business RACE?

Our supporters are growing everyday.  Today, the Make Mine a Million $ Business RACE is supported by our founding partner American Express OPEN, Cisco, Dell, Sam’s Club, and Reader’s Digest.

14.    How do I support the M3 RACE?

There are a number of ways that you can support a Make Mine a Million $ Business RACE.

To sponsor a racer, you can:

* Buy their products
* Tell your friends about them
* Begin a movement in your neighborhood to support the M3 RACE

Click here to make a tax free donation to Count Me In.  Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence is a 501c3 organization.  For information about becoming a corporate sponsor, contact

15.    Why is Count Me In launching Make Mine a Million $ Business RACE?

There are 10.5 million women owned businesses in the United States today, yet only 3%, or 250,000, generate a million dollars or more in annual revenue.  With the right support, tools, and encouragement we can all surpass a million dollars in business revenue, create jobs for our communities, and help rebuild America’s economy.  If one million women grow their businesses to one million dollars in revenue, we will have created 4 million new jobs and $700 billion in economic activity.  Count Me In believes there is no better moment to inspire a movement of women’s economic development.

Through our most successful business growth program, Make Mine a Million $ Business™, we have learned what propels women to grow sustainable and thriving businesses.  That is why, Count Me In is launching the Make Mine a Million $ Business RACE — to pass on our knowledge to help thousands more women entrepreneurs succeed in hitting their goals in a year.  The M3 RACE marks the beginning of a chain reaction that places the strength of one million women behind every entrepreneur’s success.  This is our race to run, and we are in it together.

16.    Who is Count Me In?

Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence is the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources, business education, and community for women entrepreneurs.   We believe in you, and we believe in the ability of women entrepreneurs to create jobs for our communities and provide thriving environments for their families and future generations through achieving and surpassing their goals of business growth.  We also believe that to grow your business, you have to grow yourself.  Count Me In is dedicated to providing inspiration, resources, and the community support women entrepreneurs need to scale their businesses to a million dollars in revenue and beyond.

As one of the 25  first women in the country to be awarded the  Sam Walton Emerging Entrepreneur Award , and a member of Count Me In, I have committed to be one of the Ambassadors to this program.  If you have questions regarding Count Me In, The Race to a Million or just general questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.  If I don’t know the answer, I will find out, or point yo to the person who does.  When you enter, please return here and leave a comment to let me know – we can support each other as we race to increase our business revenue for 2009!

Thanks and much success,

Leah Dossey

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Posted By Leah Dossey, owner, art director and designer at Blueleaf Creative.  Contact Leah at  Follow Leah on Twitter,  join the facbook group Creative Wisdom, or become a fan of Blueleaf Creative.


5 Responses

  1. Can you tell if this organization offers memberships to people outside of Canada? No place to put your address is you are not (unless it’s been changed in the last couple weeks)

  2. […] Make Mine a Million $ Business Race […]

  3. I’d love to give this a tweet but I didn’t see an auto-link. What’s the best way to do it? (Mary Casey, SWEE)

  4. What a clever post! I did a of blogging for dummies over on one of the CPA Marketing forums and I thought it was too simple for them, but the sum of emails I got asking questions just like what you addressed was unbelievable. As young people today we have grown up with computers, but it’s easy to forget that even individuals just a a couple of years older have not! Really good post! 🙂

  5. Hell-o;
    Ms. Dosey, my name is Yolanda C Neal, I am a fresh new home base business owner. I read your article about encouragement for women owned businesses. I think your article have inspired me and I have decided to join the M3 RACE. I worked for the first Wal- or a Mart that was established in Edmond, Oklahoma. The benefits were great and excelling in my social skills was a plus. Now, after working twenty-five years in the retail industry, I came to a conclusion of starting my own woman’s business. I know it’s hard at first but, it is worth every inch of the matter to make it work. So, I did not make the deadline of your article of 2008 or 2009 or maybe even 2010. But, for the year of 2012, I am ready and whatever I have to do to make my business work and then launching it to the public I will go for the finish line. I will need all the resources, the technology training to help structure my business, network with positive women that are already established, and the sustainability resources as well. Also, I would like to join the M3 RACE as of October 5, 2012, as a Corporate Sponsor, sponsor whatever and even to tell my friend to put them in the running also. Please forward any resources you may have that you can MAIL TO: Serenity Neal, Retail P.O.BOX 516, Guthrie, Oklahoma 73044. Ms. Yolanda C. Neal. NOTE: I would be willing to connect with other ethnicity to help further launch the M3 RACE. I’m going for the GUSTO! Meaning, I will EXCEL for my one owner business to work until it is stable for me to hire workers, to reach that million dollar revenue. Thank You for your time. Ms. Yolanda C. Neal

    My Home location is 109 East Drexel Street, Langston, Oklahoma 73050.
    My mailing address differs from my resident: P.O.Box 516, Guthrie, Oklahoma 73044. “PLEASE MAIL ANY RESOURCES TO THE MAILING ADDRESS ONLY, MAIL PICK UP IS 12 miles away.

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