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Eagan Business Owner Wants Your Help to Win a $5,000 Contest

Amanda Patterson, small business owner and local mom, entered Intuit's national "Love Your Local Business" contest. Now, she needs your vote.

Eagan mom Amanda Patterson left her full-time job at Eagan's UPS Store in January so that she could help care for Macy, her special needs daughter.

Although Patterson no longer pulls 9-5 shifts in an office, she decided to open "Create My Print," a small graphic design and printing business, in her home. Being self-employed allows her to focus on her daughter's therapy, Patterson said.

Now, Patterson is looking for your vote.

This spring, Patterson entered Intuit's nationwide "Love Your Local Business" Contest. As part of the contest, Intuit will grant 15 "wishes" worth a maximum of $5,000 to small business owners across the country.

Winners are decided by the votes they receive during a voting period that runs from April 2 to May 12. Individual voters are able to vote once per day.

Click here to for more details about the contest, or to cast your vote for Amanda Patterson.

Patterson wants to win the contest and use the prize money to purchase a laser printer and wide format printer to bolster her business.

"One struggle for me is getting the printing done. I have to outsource most of my projects and run around town picking up and delivering various jobs, Patterson said. "If I was able to get enough votes and win this money I could invest in getting my own equipment and do most of my print jobs out of my house."

Barbara Linert May 02, 2013 at 03:20 PM
there is a fund set up for Macy's needs at Wells Fargo Bank; here is a medical description of her disability: a chronic neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by acquired microcephaly, significant developmental impairments, hypotonia, quadriplegic cerebral palsy, epilepsy, movement disorder, oral motor dyscordination, failure to thrive, cortical vision impairment, and strabismus". I'm her grandmother....please email me if you are interested in helping. trappfarm@juno.com
Adam Potts May 02, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Your "In this article" links to the wrong UPS Store. Amanda worked for the UPS Store on Denmark Avenue.
David Henke (Editor) May 02, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Thanks, Adam! The link is fixed.

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