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Dallas Market Center launches second annual The Next Big Give contest

Nominations now being accepted until Dec. 9

Dallas Market Center has launched its second annual The Next Big Give contest, a national search for specialty retailers that are giving back in their communities through volunteering, raising funds or donating goods.

"It's amazing to see the many different ways retailers are serving others and their communities," said Cindy Morris, COO, DMC. "Last year's winners inspired us, as well as other retailers. We look forward to hearing more stories of generosity."

Ten finalists will be announced on Jan. 9, 2012, and two winners on Feb. 14. A panel of industry experts and DMC representatives will choose the finalists and winners. The two winners will receive a complimentary trip to the Dallas Market held March 22-25, 2012, including round-trip airfare from anywhere in the continental U.S. and three nights hotel stay.

Winners will be recognized at market during The Inspired Event, a cocktail party benefiting a charitable cause. The winners will share their stories of giving back in hopes to inspire other retailers to do the same.

Retailers may nominate themselves or be nominated by a manufacturer, a sales representative or customer. The nomination application is available at The deadline for applications is Dec. 9, 2011.

The contest is open to specialty retailers operating their stores in the continental U.S. For additional information on the contest, email

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