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Frequently Asked Questions

Nominating a Business Voting

NOMINATING A BUSINESS

How are businesses nominated for the A-List?

The A-List is a self-nominated contest. Businesses owners or a designated employee can claim eligible businesses, add details (hours, location, photos, etc…) to their business page and choose what categories in which to compete.

When can I claim my business?

You can claim your business any time. Officially the open claim period starts at 12 a.m. on January 26, 2015.

How do I claim my business?

First create an account here. If you already have a username and password associated with The Gazette (for example, if you participated in the A-List in a past year), you can log in here.

What if I have already claimed my business?

If you claimed a business in 2011 or any subsequent year, you don't need to claim it again. If you competed prior to 2011, you will need to go through the claim process again.

What if I competed in a previous contest?

If you in a previous A-List contest, you do not need to reclaim your business. You will, though, need to log in here and enter this year's contest by choosing the categories you wish to compete in.

What if I forgot my username and/or password?

If you remember the email associated with the account, you can send yourself a reminder here or reset your password here.

I have an account, now what?

If you have participated in the KCRG A-List previously your business should be in our database. If you’re new, we might have your business listing already, so try searching for it first here. Once you've found your business, claim it and enter this year's contest by choosing the categories you wish to compete in.

What if I don’t see my business in the list?

You can add your business here.

I claimed my business, now what?

Once your business has been claimed, edit your business page and choose the categories you wish to compete in. You may choose up to three categories for your business. Every time you log in to the A-List page, click on the My Business link to access and edit your business information.

Another owner or employee managed our business account in the past.

You can still create a new user account and proceed through the claiming and nominating process. Do not create a duplicate business page. To delete out-of-date user information, email us at alist@hooplanow.com with business and contact information so we can update our database.

What businesses are eligible to compete?

To be eligible to enter the Hoopla KCRG A-List, businesses must be located in the KCRG and Hoopla distribution and viewing area. Businesses must also offer services within an existing contest category.

What categories are included?

Find a full list of categories here.

How do I choose a category?

You can choose up to three categories once you have claimed your business.

Can my business compete in more than one category?

Businesses can compete in up to three categories.

What if my business has more than one location?

We recommend that you create one page for your business and include the addresses of additional locations in your business' description. If you create a profile for each location, they will compete against the other.

How will winners be notified?

Winners will be announced online and in print at the end of the contest period.

Can I use incentives/giveaways to promote my involvement in the A-List and gain votes?

Cedar Rapids Television Group, Iowa SourceMedia Group, The Gazette Company and its affiliates are not involved in any promotion of A-List from participating businesses. Any business choosing to promote their involvement in the A-List contest do so solely without the consent or involvement from the A-List and any of their representatives.

Why can't I view how many votes my business has received?

You will be able to see how your business is ranked throughout the contest. Votes are not displayed because all votes are reviewed after voting closes.

VOTING

When does voting begin?

Voting will be held from 12 a.m. February 09 to 5:00 p.m. March 13 at HooplaNow.com/alist

How do I register to vote?

First create an account here. If you already have a username and password associated with The Gazette (for example, if you voted in the A-List in a past year), you can log in here.

What if I forgot my password?

If you remember the email associated with the account, you can reset your password here.

How are categories determined?

Categories are determined by A-List representatives from Iowa SourceMedia Group based on user feedback and past contest participation. To suggest a category email us at alist@hooplanow.com and we will track all recommendations.

How many times can I vote?

You can vote once in each category.

How do I change my vote?

To change a vote all you need to do is to cast a vote for a different business in that same category. The voter will be prompted to confirm that they are about to change a vote.

How are winners chosen?

Winners are chosen by voters on the website and mobile site, but do not reflect or represent an endorsement by Cedar Rapids Television Company, SourceMedia Group, The Gazette Company or any of its affiliate companies.

What will you do with my personal information if I register to participate in A-List?

In general, you can visit our websites without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information. However, if you want to use certain online services, you may be asked to provide some personal information, such as your name, mailing address or e-mail address. We also may ask you to choose a user name and password and provide that information when accessing certain online features.

We are committed to protecting the privacy, accuracy and reliability of any personal information you choose to provide and to safeguarding such information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. Read our full privacy policy here.

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More than 89,000 votes were counted and 1,391 local business nominations were accepted in 2015 for the KCRG A-List. Thank you to all who participated.

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