MINNEAPOLIS, Oct 18, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
U.S. Bank is offering small business owners an innovative way to network
with other small business owners while also giving away $15,000 as part
of the "Look Up With US" challenge. The challenge brings small
businesses together through U.S. Bank's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usbank,
where participants can vote for their favorite success story, learn best
practices, and get to know other small business owners around the
"We hope the challenge will draw inspiring stories from business owners
who are finding ways to succeed despite the tough economic climate,"
said Kent Stone, executive vice president of consumer banking at U.S.
Bank. "One winner will be chosen by other small-business owners who
serve on a U.S. Bank panel. Another winner will be chosen through random
drawing, and a third by popular vote within the app."
To enter the challenge, business owners launch the "Look Up With US" app
on Facebook and describe why their business is looking up. Their answer
and their business becomes part of a mosaic-like display on U.S. Bank's
Facebook page. Viewers can read each answer, vote on their favorites and
even leave comments underneath the entries. The more votes an answer
gets, the bigger that business' tile becomes in the mosaic.
The challenge is open to any business in the United States with annual
revenues less than $10 million. The challenge ends Tuesday, Nov. 15.
U.S. Bank is a leader in small business banking and is an advocate for
small businesses. The company consistently ranks as one of the top Small
Business Administration (SBA) lenders in the nation. U.S. Bank offers
insight to small business perspectives on the economy and the business
environment through the U.S. Bank Small Business Annual Survey. The
company is focused on innovation and won a Monarch Innovation Award from
Barlow Research Associates for its creation and introduction of
ScoreBoard, an online payments management tool for small businesses. For
more information on the products and services U.S. Bank offers small
businesses, visit www.usbank.com/smallbusiness.
About U.S. Bank
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $321 billion
in assets as of June 30, 2011, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the
fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates
3,086 banking offices in 25 states and 5,086 ATMs and provides a
comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment,
mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses
and institutions. U.S. Bancorp and its employees are dedicated to
improving the communities they serve, for which the company earned the
2011 Spirit of America Award, the highest honor bestowed on a company by
United Way. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.
SOURCE: U.S. Bank
U.S. Bank Media Relations
Teri Charest, 612-303-0732