Intuit is offering more than $100,000 in grants to small businesses, including accounting firms, as part of a sweepstakes competition aimed at promoting appreciation of local businesses in communities across the U.S.

The “Love a Local Business Grant Competition” provides a combination of cash grants, local radio advertising on the Westwood One network, and Intuit products and services to help manage the business. A panel of expert judges will select one business to receive February’s grand prize grant, valued at $35,000. Four other winners in February will win grants worth $5,000 each. Fans can nominate their favorite business at at www.LoveALocalBusiness.com by sharing the reasons for their affection in a brief comment of 250 characters or less. Intuit will also update the Web site with information about grant winners and future prizes.

Intuit is hosting a special free event on March 12-13 in Sacramento’s midtown business district. Those attending and checking in at the Sacramento event will be eligible to win one of five $1,000 cash grants, plus free Intuit products and services. Additionally, each week from now until the event, three participating businesses will be randomly selected to win $500 cash grants. Additional details can be found at www.LoveALocalBusiness.com/Sacramento.

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