About Small Business Trends

"Small business success … delivered daily"

Our Story

Small Business Trends is an award-winning hub of more than three million entrepreneurs, business owners, influencers and experts. The site features over 23,000 pages of content. We cover small business news, follow trends, provide tips and advice, and interview movers and shakers. We also spotlight other small businesses and startups. Our core focus is practical content with targeted tips and answers to your toughest questions.


Through our team of professional editors, journalists and vetted experts, we publish new content daily. We also produce feature publications like eBooks, guides and checklists. Our sister site BizSugar is an additional resource.


Small Business Trends was founded in 2003 by entrepreneur Anita Campbell. Originally, she simply wanted a way to publish newsletter articles online. Since then, the site has grown into a hyper-engaged community of small business owners.

Still Going Strong

In October 2022, we will celebrate our 19-year anniversary. We are proud to remain entrepreneur-owned and independent.

What People Say About Small Business Trends

“As a small business marketing expert and the CEO of Constant Contact, I relied on Small Business Trends as my go-to resource for what’s happening in the marketplace. They cut through the noise and spin to keep small businesses informed.”

Gail Goodman, Former CEO, Constant Contact

Distinctions and Memberships

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The Team

Our company headquarters is in beautiful Naples, Florida. Our loyal team operates remotely from across the United States and around the world. At Small Business Trends we are all about helping you achieve success through information.

Anita Campbell, CEO and Publisher

Anita is Founder and CEO of Small Business Trends LLC. She bootstrapped the company from a nascent idea. Previously she was a General Counsel and CEO of a technology subsidiary of Bell & Howell. She founded this site in 2003 and was named one of the 30 Small Business IT Influencers to Follow in 2020 by BizTech Magazine.

Staci Wood, Chief Operations Officer

Staci is Chief Operations Officer of Small Business Trends. She is responsible for day-to-day operational excellence, client relations, marketing and branding, web page development and user experience. She has 18 years of experience with the company, and a 29 year background in administration.

Leland McFarland, Chief Technology Officer

Leland is Chief Technology Officer and Head of Ad Operations. He is responsible for all technical aspects of the website, as well as managing advertising inventory. He brings over 14 years of experience in web design, PHP and JavaScript programming, and server management.

Shawn Hessinger, Executive Editor

Shawn is Executive Editor of Small Business Trends. He coordinates and oversees editorial operations and has over 24 years of editorial experience, including serving as managing editor for a network of nine weekly newspapers.

Joshua Sophy, Editor

Joshua is Editor of Small Business Trends. As a journalist with 21 years of experience in traditional and online media, he is responsible for day-to-day operations of the editorial department and leads the overall content strategy for the site. Joshua also manages our team of international journalists. 

Matt Mansfield, SEO Manager

Matt is the SEO manager at Small Business Trends. He carries over 22 years of experience in driving targeted online traffic using content and search engine optimization (SEO). He specializes in data research and content creation designed to attract visitors.

Amanda Stillwagon, Marketing Manager

Amanda is Marketing Manager for Small Business Trends. She is a specialist in email marketing, newsletter creation and social media marketing. Amanda has 16 years of experience with the company. She is immersed in the world of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn.