• Join other local businesses and pool your resources to rally support for your hometown schools and contestants; you'll reach broader audiences and build brand love!

  • Small Business Sponsorship Collectives

    Bringing the highly effective franchisee / marketing association model employed by global brands to community-based businesses

    Want to be part of the excitement but can't afford a $10,000 sponsorship?

    The Verge Awards® enable our partners to earn tremendous goodwill by aligning their brands with the cause to fund public education in the communities they serve. Unfortunately, our sponsorship levels are likely unaffordable to most small businesses that are part of the fabric of their communities; and managing local sponsorships can be difficult for those with minimal human resources.


    But we’d truly like you to be part of the excitement! For your benefit and ours.


    So, we’re creating a cooperative sponsorship model where you can pool your marketing resources and reach the requisite investment for your specific county's preliminary round. At a very affordable $150-$500 per business, we hope hundreds of businesses in each community will join and not only help raise more funds for education in your local communities, but also leverage your embedded presence and visibility with our marketing tools, printed materials and media assets to promote our contests and your local hometown contestants. In exchange, you will enjoy the following main benefits:

  • Leverage the Verge Awards IP and align your business with global brand partners as you rally support for hometown contestants and schools

    Build community loyalty by joining the movement!

    We encourage you to proudly display your support of your hometown Verge Awards contestants and schools in your own indoor/outdoor signage, email and direct mail campaigns, content marketing, social media, local TV and radio ads, and so on! (We'll provide a toolkit to help!)

    Receive online recognition with links to your website for

    one full year, plus a listing in our downloadable pdf

      Every school in every community has its own Verge Awards microsite, and you'll be on it!

      Your village will be recognized on the specific landing pages for all schools in your community with a link to its own custom landing page. The village page will celebrate local teens and schools, and include a (downloadable) listing of participating businesses that links to your website or special landing page, where you can show your support, offer discounts, match fundraising proceeds, conduct cause marketing and much more! (We're happy to offer optional strategic and turnkey marketing services as well)

      Reach a broader audience at minimal cost as part of a larger marketing collective with major brand backing

        Leverage each other's ideas, assets and audience reach!

        • Pool resources that may be matched by our sponsors' media contributions
        • Conduct co-marketing campaigns and activation programs to promote your support of local education
        • Access pre-designed, customizable marketing materials and production discounts
        • Assemble high-value prize packages for local contest winners, fundraisers and sweepstakes - e.g.  fun night of dinner, movies or play, chauffeured limo, apparel, hair/makeup, spa day for Mom, etc.
        • Coordinate cause marketing and fundraising initiatives to further support education and lift brand perception even more!
        • “Adopt a School” and fund talent shows; assemble equipment, supplies, space and skill-based employee volunteers to support contestants

        Showcase products and services in local rallies and fundraisers, even statewide championships

          Upgrade your membership to participate in live events!

          • Contribute to county-specific virtual event bags
          • Offer cause marketing incentives that benefit education in your community
          • Sponsor and create co-branded t-shirts for community pep rallies
          • Share booth space in statewide championship “shop local” sections, promote coupons and gift cards tied to the school and cause
        • First Stop: CT!

          Coming to the Toyota Oakdale Theatre, November 22, 2019.
          Online preliminary rounds begin October 15th

          CT-based businesses with up to 50 employees can join today!

          Join us this November in hosting The CT State Championships in Singing, Dance, Arts and Technology! Sign up (below) in your respective county asap!

          NOTE to distributed organizations

          (Franchisees, realtors, retail locations, car dealerships, insurance agents, etc.):

          It may be more cost effective to join together in a brand-level partnership to access more benefits and lift brand perception-- statewide and nationwide! Oh, and you'll still be able to join the village in your respective communities for local promotion!
          Call Linda Neaton to explore your best options - 203.449.5044, or email lneaton@thevergeawards.com

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          Tolland County Business - 26-50 Employees
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          New London County Business - 26-50 Employees
          New London County Business - 16-25 Employees
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          Litchfield County Business - 26-50 Employees
          Litchfield County Business - 16-25 Employees
          Litchfield County Business - 0-15 employees
          Middlesex County Business - 26-50 Employees
          Middlesex County Business - 16-25 Employees
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          New Haven County Business - 26-50 Employees
          New Haven County Business - 16-25 Employees
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        • Have quesions? Give Linda Neaton a call at 203.449.5044 or complete the form below to get the conversation started!