A Behind The Scenes Peek: SMBInfluencer Awards Media Partners

The 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards have been a resounding success, thanks to our sponsors, media partners, and everyone who participated and helped spread the word.

The awards honor companies, organizations, apps and individuals who have made a significant, influencial impact on the North American small business market.

Supporting our efforts were some wonderful small businesses themselves, our media partners.  Below, you will find a series of short interviews I conducted with several of the SMBInfluencer media partners.

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Adrian’s Network

Adrian's NetworkAdrian’s Network is a business networking community comprised of business owners and professional services providers that are joined together to help one another to make contacts and connections that lead to business opportunities. The group meets virtually and in person.  Founder Adrian Miller shares a little about herself and her company:

Small Business Trends: How many times a day do you check your email – be honest!

Adrian Miller: Scary to say but probably at least 20.

Small Business Trends: What’s your preferred social media channel, and why?

Adrian Miller: Facebook. Fast, fun, effective.

Small Business Trends: If you had an extra $100,000 for your business, where would you spend it?

Adrian Miller:  I’d donate half to charity and use the remaining half to hire some interns, upgrade technology and my Web presence.

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Ask The Business Lawyer

Ask The Business LawyerAsk The Business Lawyer helps women business owners escape “self-employed slavery” by teaching them how to build multimillion dollar companies for scale or sale. The company, run by Nina Kaufman, helps women business owners who are ready to catapult to the next step in their professional lives:

Small Business Trends: What’s the first thing you do when getting to your office each day?

Nina Kaufman: E-mail (sad to say). It’s a double-edged sword, because I love hearing from my clients. Sometimes, though, I’m a slave to email.

Small Business Trends: How many times a day do you check your email -be honest!

Nina Kaufman: Approximately 17 (that I’m consciously aware of; probably more).

Small Business Trends: What’s your preferred social media channel, and why?

Nina Kaufman: LinkedIn. As a lawyer, I hate being limited to 140 words–much less Twitter’s 140 characters! For business, there are fewer temptations/distractions than there are on Facebook to check out what’s going on in people’s personal lives– which is fun and juicy, but not always useful for client service.

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Founding Moms

Founding MomsJill Salzman created The Founding Moms in an effort to find like-minded female entrepreneurs in her area. What started locally is now a collective of offline meetups and online resources for mom entrepreneurs in 30+ cities around the globe.  The website offers tools, tips & tricks to help women grow their businesses and get down to business:

Small Business Trends: What’s the first thing you do when getting to your office each day?

Jill Salzman: Put a straw in my glass of water.  The straw is probably the most important thing to make sure I have each morning.

Small Business Trends: How many times a day do you check your email – be honest!

Jill Salzman: Every 25 seconds.  May be less.

Small Business Trends: If you had an extra $100,000 for your business, where would you spend it?

Jill Salzman: Hiring great people and overhauling the website.  Team is #1 and if you have that extra $100,000, please call me ASAP.

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Editor’s note: This article is part of a series highlighting key players in the Small Business Influencer Awards.

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Susan Payton - Awards Communication Mgr.


Susan Payton Susan Payton is the Communications Manager for the Small Business Trends Awards programs. She is the President of Egg Marketing & Communications, an Internet marketing firm specializing in content marketing, social media management and press releases. She is also the Founder of How to Create a Press Release, a free resource for business owners who want to generate their own PR.

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  1. Amazing story! It was great pleasure reading it.

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