2011 Small Business Influencer Champions Honored at Awards Ceremony

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New York and Cleveland, OH (Press Release – October 25, 2011) – The 100 finalists of the 2011 Small Business Influencer initiative were honored in New York City on September 13, 2011 at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. Out of 520 applicants, the finalists, called “Champions,” were chosen by community voting as well as a panel of small-business judges.

The Champions are business owners, authors, speakers, bloggers and thought leaders. They come from a wide background: from solopreneurs to corporate executives. But they have one thing in common: supporting small businesses. Through the voting period, more than 125,000 votes were cast by the small business community.

The Awards event in New York City drew over 220 guests. Champions were recognized with a crystal award, acknowledgement of their achievements, and an evening of networking with their peers.

“These days, it’s even more important for small businesses to have resources and support,” said Anita Campbell, CEO of Small Business Trends and co-founder of the Small Business Influencer Awards, “We wanted to recognize those companies and individuals who are helping small businesses succeed on every level.”

Campbell launched the Small Business Influencer Awards along with Ramon Ray, Editor of Smallbiztechnology.

The 2011 Small Business Influencer initiative was sponsored by BlackBerry, InfusionSoft and Sage. The initiative was also a success, thanks to media partners Small Biz Lady, BizTech, Basic Blog Tips, Manta, Egg Marketing, It’s Your Biz, BizSugar, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Smith and Keats, Adrian’s Network, Webgrrls International and Ultra Light Startups.

To learn more about the Small Business Influencer program, as well as to get involved with the 2012 program, please visit SMBinfluencers.com.

Here is the list of the top 100 Champions.
Abrams, Rhonda
America’s Small Business Development Center Network
Armstrong, Mario
Babson College
Ball, Alison
Barone, Lisa
Bates, Cindy
Bellamkonda, Shashi
Berry, Tim
Better Business Bureau
Black Enterprise
Blumenthal, Mike
Borders + Gratehouse
Brelsford, Harry
Brodsky, Norm
Citrix Online
Clark, Brian
Connolly, Joe
Constant Contact
Cornwall, Jeff
DeBaise, Colleen
Delaney, Laurel
Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp
Eberson, Ilana
Emerson, Melinda
Fenn, Donna
Goltz, Jay
Greene, Patricia
Gregory, Alyssa
Hewitt, John T.
HP MagCloud
Inc. Magazine
It’s Your Biz
Jantsch, John
Kahn, Richard K.
Kerrigan, Karen
Kukral, Jim
Kurtz, Rod
Lawson, John
Lesonsky, Rieva
Levin, Robert
Manta    Marks, Gene
Mask, Clate
McCabe, Laurie
McCray, Becky
Merlino, Nell
Miller, Sharon
Mills, Jerry L.
National Federation of Independent Business
Nilssen, David
New York Times
O’Berry, Denise
O’Hara, Pamela
OPEN Forum
Ploeger, Nancy
Popick, Janine
Ramberg, JJ
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Roth, Carol
Shah, Dharmesh
Shaheen, Jennifer
Shane, Scott
Shephard, Bob
Shinder, Marcy
Simonds, Lauren
Simmons, Michael
Stanleigh, Sean
Startup Nation
Strauss, Steve
The Guardian Life Insurance Company
University at Buffalo School of Management Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Verizon Wireless
Wall, Aaron
Wall Street Journal
Ward, Missy
Ward, Susan
Weltman, Barbara
Wood, Cheryl
Yancey, Ken

About Smallbiztechnology.com:

Smallbiztechnology.com is a media company that produces online content and live events educating small and mid-sized companies on how to strategically use technology as a tool to grow their businesses. Original content published on the site includes news, feature articles, interviews and video about technology for growing businesses. Smallbiztechnology.com also produces online and live events including 12 Hours of Tech for Growing Businesses, the Small Business Technology Tour, the Taste of Technology Small Business Series, and the Small Business Summit.

About Small Business Trends, LLC:

Small Business Trends LLC is in the business of providing information, news, advice and online community to small businesses and entrepreneurs. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Ohio. Its flagship website, Small Business Trends, is one of the leading sources of commentary, information and online community touching over 3,000,000 small businesses annually.

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