New York, New York and Cleveland, Ohio (PRESS RELEASE – May 31, 2011) – Small Business Trends and SmallBizTechnology.com announce the first annual Small Business Influencers 2011 initiative. The Small Business Influencer honorees will be the top 100 news outlets, corporations, journalists, leaders, and gurus selected through an online nomination process that takes place from May 25 through July 8, 2011. Thereafter a voting and judging process will culminate in announcement of the Top 100 Small Business Influencers in mid-August, 2011.
“The Small Business Influencer Initiative was launched to honor people, companies and organizations that have made a worthwhile contribution to North American small businesses” states Anita Campbell, one of the founders of the event. “We hear so much about high-powered CEOs and Fortune 500 companies in the media today, but it is the small businesses that drive the economy.” Ramon Ray, co-founder of the Small Business Influencers added, “These people and organizations have all accomplished something that influences the small business world in a meaningful way. They are truly a vital part of the small business community.”
The Small Business Influencer initiative excitement has already begun, drawing several sponsors, with others to be announced. More than a quarter of a million small business votes are expected to be cast during the voting process, in phase two.
The Influencers’ founders anticipate that the social media buzz – before, during and after the voting and selection of the top 100 influencers — will generate lots of excitement and visibility for those so honored. “Originally we were going to simply select the Top 100 Influencers. But the more we thought about it, the more we realized we could easily miss key influencers. We wanted to give the small business community the opportunity to nominate who they think is important,” says Campbell. “Just being nominated by and being visible to the small business community for your contributions is a big deal.”
The Top 100 Influencers also will be honored at an awards event in New York City on September 13, 2011. In addition to receiving publicity, the Top 100 will also be entitled to use branded “Top 100 insignias” on their marketing materials and websites.
To find out more about the Small Business Influencer Initiative, visit the website at: SMBinfluencers.com.
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