The First Ever Dorm Room Biz Contest!

Almost three years have gone by since starting Dorm Room Biz way back in the day of December 2005. So now here we are in 2008 and it is time to kick up the dust a little bit and run what will hopefully turn out to be a cool contest. The idea is simple: help promote and grow Dorm Room Biz in anyway you can (posting, commenting, subscribing, emailing, etc). For your efforts, you have the opportunity to win some cool prizes. I’ll outline all the details below.

How To Enter

As with most of the contests that go on around the blogosphere, there are a few different ways to enter and earn chances to win a prize. Here they are:

  1. Comment on this post and you will get one entry
  2. Comment on other posts throughout the course of the contest and get one entry for each comment. Comments need to be worthwhile and not just a “nice post” type of comment. Have some substance people!
  3. Write about the contest on your blog and receive 5 entries into the contest. Please provide a trackback to this post or leave a comment with a link to your post.
  4. Subscribe to the email feed and get another 5 entries for the contest.

Everyone who participates will be entered into a random generator and names will be pulled for the winners randomly.

Contest Timeline

The contest starts…TODAY and runs until September 19th. On the 20th I will run the names and announce the winners.

The Prizes

I know this is the section you guys have been waiting for, so here is a list of the prizes that are up for grabs.

You can see the prizes listed for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. The other books and any other prizes that get sponsored will be given at random!

There are still lots of opportunities for contest sponsors and I am constantly searching and talking with people to get more prizes for this!

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88 Responses to The First Ever Dorm Room Biz Contest!

  1. Adnan August 25, 2008 at 2:51 pm #

    “Nice post Chris”!

    Haha joking. Hopefully some more people will enter this, but any one of those books sounds pretty cool.

    @ Everyone Else – Get your comments and posts and trackbacks in!

  2. Mike Michalowicz August 25, 2008 at 6:20 pm #

    Damn it!!! I am going for it. I am a T P E. So this is exactly how I roll. I am going to take it ALL (except for my book of course… I have more than enough of those).

    Chris… check the toilet paper blog tomorrow. I will be announcing your contest.

    – Mike Michalowicz

  3. Chris August 25, 2008 at 8:19 pm #

    Thanks for the comments guys, any link love you can send this way would be great! And also thanks for sponsoring the contest!

  4. Steven August 26, 2008 at 9:46 pm #

    Some great prizes there – count me in!

  5. gLf August 28, 2008 at 11:57 am #

    Hi! I’ve just found your contest, and I think I’ll write a post on my contest blog in the next few days…Only one information: is it open worldwide, for the books delivery? or are you gaing to give alternative prizes?

  6. Chris August 28, 2008 at 1:01 pm #

    Crap, I hadn’t even thought about the international aspect – I’ll have to get in touch with the sponsors and see if they are willing to ship overseas. If not, I’ll probably try to come up with another prize. However, the non-book items are definitely available to international viewers. Thanks for the comment and look forward to the post gLf!

  7. No Debt Plan September 2, 2008 at 11:57 am #

    Rock on man. Going to include in my roundup today.

  8. Shannan September 2, 2008 at 7:50 pm #

    Ha! What in the world is a toilet paper entrepreneur?? I guess it’s time to find out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Mrs. Accountability September 2, 2008 at 10:16 pm #

    I love your contest rules and ways to enter! I’ve blogged about your contest at my blog Out of Debt Again. I think I would like to use your contest rules for my upcoming 1 year anniversary contest on my blog if you wouldn’t mind! And like Shannan, I want to know – what is a Toilet Paper Entrepreneur?

  10. Mrs. Accountability September 2, 2008 at 10:21 pm #

    One more question – clicking on the Feed or Subscribe by Email links above takes me to the very same place. There doesn’t seem to be an option to subscribe by email by clicking that link – it just asks me which feed I want to use to subscribe. Help?!

  11. Chris September 2, 2008 at 10:31 pm #

    Sorry about any confusion – you can subscribe via email here: I’ll get that link updated.

    As for what a TPE is everyone, I’ll let the TPE himself, Mike Michalowicz explain and you can also check

  12. Shaun Carter September 2, 2008 at 10:46 pm #

    Thanks for offering the contest. I found you by way of No Debt Plan and really like what I’ve read so far. Thanks!

  13. Tom September 2, 2008 at 10:58 pm #

    Here’s one entry. How about tweeting?

  14. Melissa September 3, 2008 at 9:13 am #

    I clicked on your link on No Debt Plan! Looks like my kind of reading. I’ll definitely be back to check out more! Oh, and I subscribed via email. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Jenna September 3, 2008 at 5:36 pm #

    Great idea!

  16. Mike Michalowicz September 3, 2008 at 5:46 pm #

    Hey Chris,

    I saw your HARO request. Looks like a cool contest. I am in baby! I am in!

    – Mike

  17. Phyllis Zimbler Miller September 3, 2008 at 5:47 pm #

    This is an innovative way to get the word out about your blog. I’ve already shared the link with several people.

  18. trish caruana September 3, 2008 at 6:09 pm #

    Cool contest. I’m a coach for entrepreneurs so good luck!

  19. Mary Schaeffer September 3, 2008 at 6:11 pm #

    hmmm … the toilet paper entrepeneur – what’s the book printed on???

    Best of Luck

  20. Tori September 3, 2008 at 6:16 pm #

    Nice contest…found you via HARO- I am sure the first of many more ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Shonika Proctor, Teen Biz Coach September 3, 2008 at 6:20 pm #


    Why must you be LOUD and EVERYWHERE, lol. I also saw the query on HARO this afternoon.

    I will try to get some posts going here as well. We endorsers and supporters of young entrepreneurs have to work together!


  22. DealGuru September 3, 2008 at 6:44 pm #

    Saw this on HARO too. Nice idea.

    We’re entrepreneurs, too. It’s good to see the spirit alive and well.

  23. Stephanie September 3, 2008 at 7:11 pm #

    I saw this on HARO and had to come visit. This contest is a great idea to get more visitors and frequent readers!

  24. 40cozy September 3, 2008 at 7:16 pm #

    Nice idea on the contest, great way to get some link love and readers. Heard about you on HARO, we’re a couple of young entrepreneurs too here at, designers with a dream of greatness.

  25. Valerie September 3, 2008 at 7:31 pm #

    Great idea, and nice site. I work for a company that was started by entrepreneurs, and I have a secret desire to be an entrepreneur myself, so any of those books would be great to win (let’s be honest, so would the $50 :)) Good luck with the contest and with the site!
    PS-I totally stumbled across this via HARO. Gotta love Peter Shankman!

  26. Brandon September 3, 2008 at 7:33 pm #

    Saw this on HARO – here’s my entry. Cheers!

  27. Todd Brabender=Spread The News PR September 3, 2008 at 7:51 pm #

    Wish I would have had something like this when I was starting out. Kudos to you for giving back!

    I’d be happy to offer a FREE PR Consultation to anyone.

    Todd Brabender
    Spread The News PR, Inc.
    Generating media exposure for
    innovative products, services and experts.
    Check out Spread The News PR’s recent front-page feature in the Wall Street Journal:

  28. Todd Brabender=Spread The News PR September 3, 2008 at 7:54 pm #

    By the way….you should pitch this to the thousands of college newpapers in the U.S. & Canada now gearing up for the fall sememster. Perfect media market for you!

    Todd Brabender
    Spread The News PR, Inc.
    Generating media exposure for
    innovative products, services and experts.
    Check out Spread The News PR’s recent front-page feature in the Wall Street Journal:

  29. annalaura brown September 3, 2008 at 8:18 pm #

    I saw your contest on HARO, what a great idea.

  30. Cindy September 3, 2008 at 8:45 pm #

    Hey, saw you on HARO too! I’m an entrepeneur, but the title of this blog makes me feel, well, OLD! I want to win the advertising!!! Count me in!!!!

  31. ParkingLady September 3, 2008 at 9:04 pm #

    As a fellow entrepreneur, I LOVE your approach! I may even explore our own version of a contest at – maybe I could have people submit their funniest parking story or pic…hmmm…you’ve got me thinking!

  32. ModernGearTV September 4, 2008 at 12:42 am #

    I have to say thanks for the contest as I’d never heard of many of those books…I have a few entrepreneur and business titles gracing my shelf but it’s time for some new blood!

    Good luck with getting loads of people here and checking out your site…which I am off to do right now!

    Head Honcho, ModernGearTV

  33. Shel Horowitz September 4, 2008 at 6:56 am #

    Just to let y’all now this is totally possible. I started my business 27 years ago, with total startup cost of $200 ($12 of that went for marketing). I’m still in business, and still home-based. Only now I have clients as far away as Japan and Cyprus. And I’ve assembled hundreds of resources for TPEs on the site.

  34. Lauren September 4, 2008 at 8:35 am #

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to learn who the winners of your contest are.

  35. Monica September 4, 2008 at 9:29 am #

    Saw you on HARO too! I’m a college intern, not looking to start-up a biz, but always looking to support!

  36. Beth C. September 4, 2008 at 10:43 am #

    I love all things entrepreneur. This site is great…and right my alley! I’ll be back.

    Beth Cochran
    Wired PR

  37. Hilary September 4, 2008 at 10:49 am #

    Hi Chris,
    Found out about the contest from HARO. I started my own marketing/advertising consulting biz as a way to generate income, do something I love and still have time to spend with my family. Thanks for some great info on the site. I’ll be posting a link back to the contest from my blog at later today.


  38. Pearlin Siow September 4, 2008 at 10:54 am #

    What a creative viral marketing campaign!

  39. Beth Butler September 4, 2008 at 12:54 pm #

    Hi/Hola –

    I am a HARO member – found out about this contest through there! Great marketing amigo – well done. Count Boca Beth in!

  40. Sam September 4, 2008 at 1:49 pm #

    Solid idea. And for the record, on two occasions, I’ve put 19 grapes in my mouth and briefly held the world’s-record for a paper-airplane’s sustained indoor flight (but didn’t make the book, unfortunately). I also have a website, that lists and honors breakthrough technology and innovative thinking. We update it everyday, and everyday we hand out an award for the Technology of the Day. Looking forward to seeing who emerges at the top of the pack.

  41. Ilena Di Toro September 4, 2008 at 8:23 pm #

    I came to your blog through HARO ( to all the PR people out there, subscribe to this email list, you will get tons of leads). I must say that I like your honesty. You wanted people to come to your blog, so you posted a note on HARO. Your blog entry was straightforward too. More organizations should be like you. Tell it straight with no B.S. Keep up the great work.

  42. Stephanie PTY September 5, 2008 at 1:21 pm #

    Nice book selection! I just found this blog, so I’m going to have a look around at your other posts now.

  43. natalia September 9, 2008 at 11:36 am #

    Hi Chris,

    Congrats on your site! As Co-founder of Cocoon, an entry-level recruiting firm, I would love to find out what made you decide to enter cubicle-life for a few years before returning to the world of entrepreneurs.


    Cocoon invests in you.

  44. gLf September 15, 2008 at 10:41 am #

    Hi and sorry for the delay. My post:
    Also subscribed and dug.

    Thanks a lot!

  45. Brenda September 15, 2008 at 11:38 am #

    Have subscribed to your feeds, here’s my comment and here is my blog post too:


  46. Cah Kontes September 15, 2008 at 2:13 pm #


    I’ve subscribed using the same email to comment and blogged here:


  47. Kranjcarz September 15, 2008 at 2:26 pm #


  48. indocontest September 15, 2008 at 10:52 pm #

    Nice Contest.
    Blogged at:

  49. wiehanne September 15, 2008 at 11:22 pm #

    I’ve done the following:
    1. Comment on this post
    2. subscribed via email (using this current gmail)
    3. blog it here:

  50. teamlrc September 16, 2008 at 12:04 am #

    joining here. subscribed rss, made a blog post, and this comment. thanks! and more power to Dorm Room Biz

  51. shaxx September 16, 2008 at 12:20 am #

    Found this on Indocontest and I would love to participate in an easy contest such as this one. All the best to you!

  52. September 16, 2008 at 2:40 am #

    Iรƒยขรขโ€šยฌรขโ€žยขve done the following:
    1. Comment on this post
    2. Subscribed via email (using this email)
    3. Blogged at

    Total = 11 entries.

    Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. Sena September 16, 2008 at 3:08 am #

    Awesome contest you’re having! And great prizes too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve subscribed and here’s my comment! lol XD


  54. SE7EN September 16, 2008 at 6:36 am #

    Subscribed with this email
    I’ll blog about this contest later.
    Good luck everyone! ๐Ÿ˜€

  55. Sherry September 16, 2008 at 8:19 am #

    nice contest, I am taking part for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. Sherry September 16, 2008 at 8:25 am #

    my entry for the contest

    I have subscribed using sherrygo at hotmail dot com

  57. Dhyarga September 16, 2008 at 4:26 pm #

    hmmm…I am the last contestan?

  58. paco September 17, 2008 at 12:07 am #

    I have subscribed with this email and posted

  59. May G September 17, 2008 at 1:35 am #

    1. Commented on this post
    2. Subscribed via email (using this email)
    3. Blogged at

  60. David September 17, 2008 at 9:14 am #

    I subscribed to your blog and wrote about your contest here:

    Here’s my comment for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. dotsky September 17, 2008 at 10:29 am #


    Iรƒยขรขโ€šยฌรขโ€žยขve subscribed via email (dotskier[at]gmail[dot]com and this is my comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. Shebadoo September 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm #

    hi. aspiring entrepreneur here. I subscribed using this email and made a post about it at Contest Love

    Aha Mama
    A Zone for Digiscraps

  63. Mrs. Accountability September 17, 2008 at 10:20 pm #

    I just signed up by email (glad you got your link fixed)!

  64. Brian September 18, 2008 at 8:59 am #


    I have subscribed to your feed allblogcontests[at]

    I have blogged about your contest here


  65. TheContestBlogger September 18, 2008 at 9:47 am #


    I have done the following things:
    1) Comment on this post – 1 entry
    2) Blog about this contest and link back – – 5 entries
    3) Subscribe to your feed via email and verified my subscription – email is thecontestblogger.

    Great contest by the way, good luck everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

  66. BBx September 18, 2008 at 2:00 pm #

    I’ve blogged and linked my direct post.
    Subscribed (using the email as filled in the form).

  67. SE7EN September 18, 2008 at 4:26 pm #

    I came back with a blog post ๐Ÿ™‚

  68. kew September 18, 2008 at 7:34 pm #

    this is one sure way to promote the site as well..

  69. Jedi September 18, 2008 at 8:39 pm #

    I’m in!! thanks!!


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