Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU) today announced the opening of the 2018
Global Firm of the Future contest, inviting bookkeeping,
full-service accounting and tax firms based in Australia, Canada, the
United Kingdom, the United States and, for the first time, India to
enter for a chance to win the coveted title of Intuit QuickBooks Global
Firm of the Future. Intuit QuickBooks and ProConnect Group are
encouraging firms that embrace technology innovations to enter the
contest and show how their firm is of the future. New this year, firms
are also asked to include a story of how they have helped a small
business client overcome a challenge and achieve success. Participating
firms and the small business clients named in their submissions will
have a chance at over $135,000 USD in prizes, including cash prizes and
an all-expense paid trip to Intuit’s annual QuickBooks
Connect conference, November 5-7, 2018 in San Jose, California,
where the grand prize winner will be revealed. In addition to cash and
prizes for contest winners and runners-up, Intuit QuickBooks this year
will also be making a donation to Kiva.org
(up to $25,000 USD) during the public voting phase of the contest that
determines the global winner.
“We are continuously amazed by the inspiring work of our accounting and
tax partners, and we expect this year’s contest to be another
exceptional showcasing of their work and the success they help small
business clients achieve,” said Rich Preece, global leader of the
Accountant Segment, Small Business and Self Employed Group at Intuit.
“We want to celebrate the firms that embrace new innovations, push
boundaries and evolve their practices with technology all in the pursuit
of prosperity for clients.”
Preece and a global panel of qualified judges from Intuit’s Small
Business and Self Employed Group and Accountant Segment will select a
total of five finalists, one from each participating country, as well as
10 runners-up from all submissions, regardless of location.
How to Enter
The call for entries is now open and runs until August 12, 2018 at 11:59
p.m. ET. Bookkeeping, full-service accounting and/or tax firms based in
Australia, Canada (except Quebec), India, the United Kingdom and United
States can enter by going to this website: http://intuit.me/FOTF2018.
To submit an entry, firms will need to answer the following questions
(in 200 words or fewer) to demonstrate why they deserve to be named the
2018 Intuit QuickBooks Global Firm of the Future:
How many small business clients do you serve for accounting,
bookkeeping and/or tax needs?
What percentage of your small business clients use QuickBooks Online?
Explain how you save time for your firm and your clients by leveraging
cloud-based accounting technologies, including QuickBooks Online,
QuickBooks Online Accountant and any third party applications.
Describe what advisory services you perform on behalf of your clients
to help them avoid pitfalls and identify growth opportunities. Please
include how technology and the products you use play a role in your
ability to deliver these services.
Tell us how your firm is leveraging the Web, digital marketing and
social media to interact with clients, reach new prospects and grow.
Share a story of how you have leveraged cloud-based accounting
technologies (including QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Online
Accountant and/or any third party applications) to help a specific
client prosper and achieve success.
Firms will also need to upload one photo (collages including multiple
images are permitted) that best exemplifies how it is a Firm of the
By entering this contest, firms acknowledge that they have read and
agree to these Official
Finalists and Voting
One finalist from each country will be announced in August 2018 as well
as 10 runners-up regardless of firm location. Intuit will then provide a
videographer and producer for each finalist to create a high quality
video entry focused on highlighting what makes their firm a Firm of the
Future. All five videos will be available in an online gallery for
public voting from October 16-31, 2018.
As a bonus, for every vote and social share that takes place during the
voting period in October, a donation will be made to Kiva.org (up to
$25,000 USD). Kiva is an international nonprofit based in San Francisco,
California that invests in entrepreneurs from underserved communities
around the world who are looking to create a better future for
themselves, their families and their communities.
The top five global finalists and the small businesses identified by
each firm will each receive a $5,000 USD cash prize as well as one
ticket and all-expense paid trip to attend QuickBooks Connect San Jose.
The grand prize winner and the small business they support will be
revealed on the main stage and receive additional cash prizes of $25,000
USD and $15,000 USD, respectively. Up to 10 runners-up will be awarded a
cash prize of $2,500 USD, and the small businesses identified by each
runner-up will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000 USD.
Firm of the Future website
Interested firms can go to the Firm
of the Future website to be inspired by the stories of past winners.
The site curates actionable step-by-step guides and resources developed
by Intuit and key industry leaders, and it serves as a platform for
accounting and tax professionals to continue their journey towards
becoming a Firm of the Future.
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