About Small Business Trends

Our Mission

Small business success … delivered daily

Our Story

Small Business Trends is an award-winning hub of more than two million entrepreneurs, business owners, influencers and experts. The site features over 20,000 pages of content. We review tech products, cover small business news, and interview movers and shakers. We spotlight other small businesses and startups. Our core focus is practical content with targeted tips, trends 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 our digital magazine, ebooks and checklists. Our sister site BizSugar is an additional resource.

Small Business Trends was founded in 2003 by entrepreneur Anita Campbell. At first she simply wanted a way to publish newsletter articles online. The site grew into a hyper-engaged community of small business owners who learn from each other. 

An “Overnight” Success

Rome wasn’t built in a day — and do we know it! In October 2018, we celebrated our 15-year anniversary. See our Crunchbase profile. We are proud to remain entrepreneur-owned and independent. See our “overnight” success story timeline:

About Small Business Trends - Company Timeline

What People Say About Small Business Trends

Gail Goodman, former CEO of Constant Contact

“As a small business marketing expert and 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


Our company headquarters is in beautiful Naples, Florida.  Our loyal team operates “virtually” 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, Founder and CEO of Small Business Trends

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, COO of Small Business Trends

Staci Wood, Chief Operations Officer

Staci is Chief Operations Officer of Small Business Trends. She is responsible for day-to-day operational excellence and user experience. She brings over 16 years of experience with the company. On the weekends, you’ll find her tucked away in her favorite spot in the forest.

Leland McFarland, CTO of Small Business Trends

Leland McFarland, Chief Technology Officer

Leland is Chief Technology Officer and Head of Ad Operations. He is responsible for all technical aspects of the Small Business Trends websites, as well as managing advertising inventory. He brings over 12 years of experience in web design, PHP and JavaScript programming, and server management.

Shawn Hessinger, Executive Editor of Small Business Trends

Shawn Hessinger, Executive Editor

Shawn is Executive Editor of Small Business Trends. He coordinates editorial operations and leads the overall content strategy and development for the site. Shawn has over 22 years of editorial experience, including serving as managing editor for a network of nine weekly newspapers.

Joshua Sophy

Joshua Sophy, Editor

Joshua is Editor. As a journalist with 19 years of experience in traditional and online media, he is responsible for day-to-day operations of the editorial department. Joshua also manages our team of journalists. He produces our digital magazine.

Tamar Weinberg

Tamar Weinberg, Chief Strategy Officer

Tamar is Chief Strategy Officer of Small Business Trends. She focuses on business development and advertising sales.

Amanda Stillwagon

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 over 14 years of experience with the company. She is immersed in the world of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Matt Mansfield

Matt Mansfield, Tech Editor and SEO Specialist

Matt brings over 20 years of experience in successfully driving targeted online traffic using content and search engine optimization (SEO). On the editorial side, he specializes in researching and breaking down complex topics so they can be understood by a variety of audiences.

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