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|Monmouth Business Places 3rd in National Online Contest
|FIRST REPORTED 8:05am, UPDATED 1:42pm 5/16/12 A first-of-its kind contest by the National Retail Federation has made a name out of the owner of a Monmouth wine shop.
Susan Kaufman of Market Alley Wines learned Wednesday morning during a conference in Washington she placed third in the "This is Retail" online contest hosted by the National Retail Federation. The federation hosted a contest where small business owners could submit videos talking about them and how small businesses are important.
Kaufman tells WGIL she's received something that might be more important than the $10,000 third place prize she's won.
"It's just crazy; in my acceptance speech, I even said 'I've had so much more publicity than even this check could buy me," Kaufman said. "It's really just priceless. It's been awesome."
Kaufman was the subject of a full-page newspaper ad the NRF had in Tuesday's printed edition of the Capitol Hill publication "Politico."
She tells WGIL she is appreciative of all the support.
"I wouldn't be here at all if it weren't for the community we live in and the support they've given me, and the shop," Kaufman said. "It's just amazing. I'm totally overwhelmed."
Kaufman first learned about the contest from a story on the "Local News" section of WGIL.com and decided to enter.
A business from Hawaii took top honors and a $25,000 prize, while a Florida shop came in second and won $15,000.
(Market Alley Wines owner Susan Kaufman receives her $10,000 third place prize Wednesday morning in Washington. Photo courtesy Market Alley Wines.)
|05 15 12 by Newsroom
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