Announcing 2015 Small Business Book Awards Winners – See Who Won

2015 Small Business Book Awards Winners

Small business book lovers gather ‘round. The votes have been tallied and now it’s time to salute the winners of the 2015 Small Business Book Awards!

A huge congratulations goes out to the winners and to all who were nominated.  It’s an honor to be one of the select few, out of the multitudes of books published each year.

The Small Business Book Awards program — presented by Small Business Trends — is now in its seventh year.

There are two parts to the awards:  the Judged Winners, which are chosen based on merit; and a Community Choice designation, which is decided by the community.

And now, let’s have a drumroll, if you please. It’s time to announce the 2015 Small Business Book Awards winners.

Judged Winners – 2015

The Judged Winners were selected based on merit by a panel of expert judges. In addition to overall excellence, the judging criteria included:  content,  usefulness, and freshness.

  • Economics: “Accounting for the Numberphobic: A Survival Guide for Small Business Owners” by Dawn Fotopulos
  • Management: “Nurture: The Team Development Manual for First-Time Managers” by John Newton
  • Social Media: “Kick Ass Social Commerce for E-Preneurs” by John Lawson, with Debra Schepp
  • Startup: “The Tech Entrepreneur’s Survival Guide” by Bernd Schoner
  • Technology: “SEO Like I’m 5: The Beginner’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization” by Matthew Capala
  • Marketing: “Brand Famous: How to Get Everyone Talking About Your Business” by Linzi Boyd
  • Motivation: “Motivate Your Team in 30 Days” by Bob Urichuck and Dave Urichuck
  • Resources: “Two Sentence Business Plan” by Devesh Dwivedi

Community Choice Winners – 2015

The Community Choice Winners were based upon popular vote of the small business community.

  • Overall Community Choice Winner: “Shine” by Gerry Lewis
  • Motivation: “Ask More, Get More” by  Michael Alden
  • Economics:  “The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance” by Paul Zane Pilzer and Rick Lindquist
  • Social Media: “The Little Big eBook on Social Media Audiences” by Cendrine Marrouat
  • Startup:  “Heavyweight Marketing” by Nikolas Allen
  • Technology:  “Digital Branding” by Daniel Rowles
  • Management: “Decide” by Steve McClatchy
  • Marketing: “How to Get Inside Someone’s Mind and Stay There” by Jacky Fitt
  • Resources: Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist

See the Slide Presentation for more about the Awards winners:

Meet The Judges

The Expert Panel of Judges included:

Daria Steigman, founder of Steigman Communications

William Bruce an accredited business intermediary

Melanie Forman, CMP, the Creative Director and Founding Partner of Connecting The Dots Virtual Business Solution

Simon Dunant, founder of digital marketing consultancy New Rise Digital

Brian Smith, Senior Managing Partner of Individual Advantages

Christina Bouza, Cofounder and Director of Content for CJ Creative Solutions

Martin Lindeskog, owner of Egoist International Business Coordinator

Professor M.S.Rao, known as the Father of ‘Soft Leadership’

The Judges were assisted by Awards Manager Ivana Taylor, and by Small Business Trends Associate Book Editor, Pierre DeBois. Rounding out the team were Small Business Trends CTO, Leland McFarland – and Small Business Trends Publisher, Anita Campbell.



Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.

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  2. Martin Lindeskog


    It was a great pleasure to be one of the judges! 🙂

    All the Best,