Citizens Hosts Fifth Annual Small Business Community Champion Award Contest From Harlem To Hawaii

March 11, 2022

Today Citizens announced it has opened its annual Small Business Community Champion Award Contest, which will again recognize the positive contributions small businesses make within their communities. Now in its fifth year, the contest will award $10,000 each to 30 small businesses across Citizens’ footprint, including at least ten minority-owned and ten women-owned businesses, to help further strengthen their communities and their businesses.

The contest is open until 5:00 p.m. ET on March 17, 2022.

The Citizens Small Business Community Champion Award Contest: Eligible for-profit small businesses can enter for a chance to win $10,000 in recognition of the impact they have upon the communities in which they operate and support.

To enter, eligible small businesses must answer the following 3 questions (100 words max.)

See Official Rules for further eligibility requirements.

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  • How would you use the Citizens Small Business Community Champion Award to strengthen and sustain your business?
  • How would you use the Citizens Small Business Community Champion Award to support your community’s growth?
  • How is your business adapting to meet the evolving needs and behaviors of your customers and/or community?

Official rules, additional instructions, and requirements regarding entry and submission are provided on the contest website.

The contest is open for award submissions starting at 10:00 a.m. ET February 24 until March 17, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

To enter, please go to:

For-profit small businesses with a minimum of five employees in operation for at least two years with up to $3M in annual revenue.

Businesses must be either a) a Citizens Bank, N.A. business banking account holder as of 2/24/22 or, b) based in Citizens’ footprint (CT, DC, DE, FL, MA, MD, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VA or VT).

Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. Additional restrictions apply.

 Citizens Financial Group

Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $188.4 billion in assets as of December 31, 2021.

Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions.

Citizens help their customers reach their potential by listening to them and by understanding their needs in order to offer tailored advice, ideas, and solutions.

In Consumer Banking, Citizens provides an integrated experience that includes mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of nearly 3,000 ATMs and more than 1,000 branches in 14 states and the District of Columbia.

Consumer Banking products and services include a full range of banking, lending, savings, wealth management, and small business offerings.

In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers a broad complement of financial products and solutions, including lending and leasing, deposit and treasury management services, foreign exchange, interest rate and commodity risk management solutions, as well as loan syndication, corporate finance, merger and acquisition, and debt and equity capital markets capabilities.

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