ikea has just launched a new online network, ikea business, offering workplace design solutions to small business owners. it’s a pretty cool site where you can peek into some businesses, share your workplace, get design tips, tools and all that.
to mark the launch of the site, there are running a national contest, “Small Businesses, Big Dreams: Furnished by IKEA”, which will award ikea makeovers to an entire community of businesses.
it’s a video contest where small business owners will post their video entries on the website showing why their main street businesses deserve a makeover. in addition, there is an interactive component where people can log on to the site and vote for their favorite video.
entries will be judged on creativity and the community vision of the participating businesses. the grand prize includes design expertise and furnishings, from ikea, of course, to help the winning businesses create spaces that will maximize functionality with stylistic customer appeal.