October 21, 2014

About

Small Business Trends is an award-winning online publication for small business owners, entrepreneurs and the people who interact with them.

Small Business Trends is the premier source of information, breaking news and advice covering issues of key importance to small businesses.  Along with the  regular editorial staff, the site has 400+ vetted experts who volunteer their knowledge, insights, successes and failures.  It is one of the most popular and highly-trafficked independent destinations on the Web exclusively focused on small businesses.

Mission Statement:  Small business success … delivered daily.

The Small Business Trends website appears on countless “Top” and “Best of” lists of small business resources.  The company also operates:

  • BizSugar — This social sharing site points you to the finest and most interesting content shared by the small business community at large — a one-stop shop for great reading.  Over 1 million registered members.  The BizSugar Top 10 newsletter is eagerly anticipated each Friday.  Acquired in 2009.
  • Tweak Your Biz — A group business site with an international flair.

Small Business Trends also is the producer of two awards that recognize and support distinct interest segments of the small business market:

  • Small Business Book Awards  – Recognizes the efforts of entrepreneur-authors and is a resource for small-business book lovers.  Business books are an important source of learning for business owners who may not have the time or budget for conferences.  Since 2009.
  • Small Business Influencer Awards  – Recognizes the unsung heroes of small businesses:  the experts, consultants, professional services providers, vendors, journalists and others that serve and influence the small business market.  Since 2011.

Small Business Trends LLC is a woman-owned small business.  It was founded in 2003 by Anita Campbell, and is headquartered near Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

Content is syndicated through Newstex and other sites around the Web.  Small Business Trends currently reaches over 6,000,000 readers annually, via direct visits, RSS feeds (120,000+ subscribers), newsletters and social feeds (200,000+), and syndication.

The name “Small Business Trends” is a registered trademark of Small Business Trends LLC.  



Ethics Statement

Small Business Trends is committed to reporting fairly. Our writers and editors may not write about people or entities with which they have financial interests, without disclosure.  Our coverage is not influenced by advertisers.

Advertising is handled by our advertising department and is kept separate from the editorial department.  Advertising and Sponsored Content is clearly identified as such.

Editorial review policy:  We do not accept payment for reviewing books or products, or pointing them out as resources. Our book reviewers may, however, receive review copies of books (a customary practice in the publishing industry). For software product reviews, our reviewers typically use free accounts, demo accounts or temporary review accounts. For hardware reviews, we typically use temporary product loans provided for media review purposes, or a product previously owned by the reviewer.




Anita Campbell   CEO and PublisherFacebook Small Business Trends LinkedIn Twitter BizSugar.com

Anita CampbellAnita Campbell is the Founder of Small Business Trends, and its CEO and Publisher.

A former corporate attorney and General Counsel, she went on to become the CEO of a technology subsidiary of Bell & Howell.  Happily running her own business for the last decade, she founded Small Business Trends while looking for a simple way to publish newsletter articles.  The site quickly grew, and other sites focusing on the small business market were acquired along the way.

Anita has served on numerous Boards, including the Board of NEOSA (the technology network of COSE, Council of Smaller Enterprises); the Center for eBusiness and Information Technology at the University of Akron College of Business; and NorTech.  She has a B.A. degree from Duquesne University and a J.D. degree from the University of Akron School of Law.  She completed an executive education program at the University of Michigan Business School.

Anita’s focus today is on growing the online publishing business.  But she also maintains active commentary on small business issues on various media and Web properties.   Read more about founder Anita Campbell.




Staci Wood    Chief Operations Officer Facebook Small Business Trends Twitter BizSugar.com

Staci Wood - Small Business TrendsStaci is the Chief Operations Officer of Small Business Trends. She is responsible for oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Small Business Trends network, the commissioning and scheduling of site content on Small Business Trends, relations with Small Business Trends Experts, creation of custom content, relations with syndication partners, marketing, staff oversight, staffing requirements and quality assurance.

She was also the Producer of the former Small Business Trends Radio Show, a podcasted radio show featuring interviews with small business experts across various industries where she was responsible for guest scheduling, scouting and show content.

After being a 20-year member of the rat race, Staci traded in her office, opted out – and joined the virtual world and the Small Business Trends community.  Staci is a graduate of the Bradford School of Business and currently resides and works in Pennsylvania. She was the first person to come on board at Small Business Trends, after the Founder, in 2006.




Leland McFarland   Chief Technology Officer Facebook LinkedIn Twitter

Leland McFarlandLeland is the Chief Technology Officer at Small Business Trends. He is responsible for all technical aspects of the Small Business Trends network of websites.  Leland is responsible for programming, design and maintenance of the sites, as well as server administration.  He has performed work for Small Business Trends since 2010.

Leland has a long-standing passion for website development. While in high school, he created the website for the local elementary school, and in college he was responsible for maintaining the student government website.

Leland currently resides and works in Oregon. He attended Blue Mountain Community College, earning an Associate of Science Degree in Computers and Mathematics.  He received his Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from Oregon State University.




Tamar Weinberg   Chief Strategy Officer Facebook LinkedIn Twitter

Tamar Weinberg - Chief Strategy OfficerTamar Weinberg is the Chief Strategy Officer of Small Business Trends.

Tamar focuses on business development, content strategy, and advertising sales.

She is the author of The New Community Rules: Marketing on the Social Web and has worked for Mashable, Gawker Media, Search Engine Roundtable, and Real Simple Magazine, among others.



Shawn Hessinger   EditorSmall Business Trends Facebook LinkedIn Twitter BizSugar.com

Shawn Hessinger - EditorShawn Hessinger is the Editor of Small Business Trends.

Shawn focuses on small business news coverage, other editorial content, and working with Small Business Trends’ growing community of correspondents and contributors.

Before coming to Small Business Trends, Shawn spent more than a decade in the traditional newspaper business in various positions from beat reporter to bureau chief and managing editor. He has also served as the community manager for BizSugar.com and as Community Editor at AllAnalytics.com, a UBM Tech site.




Amanda Stillwagon    Marketing
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Amanda Stillwagon

Amanda Stillwagon is in the marketing department for Small Business Trends. Amanda oversees online marketing, email marketing, newsletter creation and social media marketing for the Small Business Trends group of sites.

Amanda formerly served as Editor of Small Business CEO, where she was responsible for editing, content, site management and the oversight of guest contributors.

Amanda had her own candle making business, and was also the former office manager of a veterinary office. She joined Small Business Trends in 2008.






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