Welcome to Shopify's brand new Build-A-Business blog! We've launched the blog in tandem with the Build-A-Business contest to serve as the hub for all kinds of information about starting a new ecommerce business. We hope you'll join in the conversation and give your own tips. 

Hopefully Gary Vaynerchuk's video had inspired you to get started.

Watch this space for regular contest updates, articles and videos from our experts and partners, mini-contests and loads more. Even if you can't participate in the contest, there will be plenty going on here at the Build-A-Business blog.

This year's prizes are amazing, so amazing, it's worth recapping here:

Grand Prize

  • $100,000 USD
  • Trips to New York and California
  • Meet with Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk and Tim Ferriss
  • Tour the Googleplex and receive a personalized Adwords consultation

6 Industry Prizes, each consisting of:

  • $20,000 USD
  • A trip to New York
  • Meet with Seth Godin
  • $7,500 in Google Adwords credit

And, we have a separate prize for the Canadian entrants:

  • $5,000 Apple Store Gift Card
  • Trip to New York
  • Meet with Seth Godin
  • $15,000 Google Adwords credit

Please remember that the contest and prizes are only open to new businesses that are resident in the U.S.A. (excluding residents of Arizona, Maryland, Vermont, and Puerto Rico), The U.K. (excluding N. Ireland), Australia, New Zealand and Canada but everyone can participate in the educational portion.