2012 Top Shops Contest is open for entries


The last few years have show us one thing about the collision repair market: There are some great shops across the country.

It’s time for you to show us how good your shop is, as ABRN launches its 2012 Top Shops contest. The contest is open through Aug. 31, 2012, and now is a great time to get started on your entry.

This year in order to enter, you will need to answer nine questions describing your business in a simple-to-complete form.

Download the Official Rules – Click here.

Download the Official Entry Form here.

Judges will score each shop on 10 categories: experience, training and education, shop operations, supplier relations, marketing, website presence, aftermarket involvement, community activities, technical offerings and a photo tour of the shop.

To enter, first download the Top Shops Entry Form. It’s a Microsoft Word file you will complete and resubmit to ABRN. You will need to fill out a company profile about your shop and then answer simple questions about your business. Answer the questions by offering as much information and as many examples as possible, but please limit descriptions of each category to 150 words.

You also will need to submit high-resolution photographs (up to 25) taking judges on a virtual tour of the shop. Every photo must be labeled in some manner and include a caption describing who is shown and what is being done in the photo.

Judges will review all of the entries, and winners will be announced this fall. The overall 2012 Top Shop will appear on the cover of the December 2012 issue of ABRN, while the nine runners-up also will be featured in a major article inside the magazine.

See last year’s winners here. Winners also will receive plaques to display and use in their marketing efforts, touting them as a Top Shop.

If you have questions about the form or entering the contest send an e-mail to ABRN’s managing editor Bruce Adams at bruce.adams@advanstar.com.

Good luck, and we look forward to learning all about your shop!

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