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JudgesThe Small Business Influencer initiative has assembled an expert panel of Judges with deep and wide knowledge of the small business market. The Judges' votes will be weighted 60%, along with the community votes at 40%, to choose the final 100 Small Business Influencers. Judges include:
Anita Campbell is Publisher of Small Business Trends, reaching 5+ million small business owners and stakeholders annually, and BizSugar, a social media site for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Anita is on the Induction Committee of the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. She was an expert source for the Intuit Future of Small Business Report, and was a long-time board member of NEOSA, the technology network of COSE.org, and the University of Akron's Center for Information Technology and eBusiness. Formerly Senior Vice President and then CEO of a technology subsidiary of Bell & Howell Company, Anita is a frequent speaker who contributes writings across the Web. She is the author of Visual Marketing (Wiley 2011). On Twitter: @SmallBizTrends.
Ramon Ray is a journalist, technology evangelist, publisher of SmallBizTechnology.com and author of "Technology Solutions for Growing Businesses" (Amacom). He founded several events including Small Business Summit, Taste of Technology Series, 12 Hours Of Tech and other events in New York City and across the United States. Ramon has written over 8,000 articles and posts – all focused on technology for growing businesses. Ramon is not "just" a technology writer, but, as a former small business technology consultant, he has years of hands on experience in building networks, installing software, upgrading computers and supporting the technology that small businesses use on a daily basis. On Twitter: @RamonRay.
Ivana Taylor is committed to small business growing enough to hire just one more person. She’s accomplishing this mission through DIYMarketers.com, a popular online publication of small business marketing advice. She's the founder of Bizapalooza, a virtual event for small businesses and the co-founder of SmallBizOpinions.com, a site where business owner members can get access to data to run their business better. She is the Small Business Book Editor for Small Business Trends and a contributing author to the American Express Open Forum. She is co-author of Excel for Marketing Managers. On Twitter: @DIYMarketers
Susan Payton is the President of Egg Marketing & Communications, an Internet marketing firm specializing in marketing communications, copywriting and blog posts. She’s also the founder of How to Create a Press Release, a free resource for business owners. She’s written three books: DIY Press Releases: Your Guide to Becoming Your Own PR Consultant, 101 Entrepreneur Tips and Internet Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs, and has blogged for several sites, including The Marketing Eggspert Blog, as well as CorpNet, Small Business Trends, and BizLaunch. Follow her on Twitter @eggmarketing.
Andrew Patricio is an owner of BizLaunch a company that trains, advises and mentors Entrepreneurs. Andrew is the author of two books on small business and has started 7 businesses of his own and worked with thousands of entrepreneurs in USA, Canada, Russia, Latvia, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Korea, Holland, Namibia, Belgium, USA, Barbados and South Africa. On Twitter: @bizlaunch
Laura Leites is the Founder of WomanCon 2013, a new conference for women entrepreneurs launching in New York City September 2013. Laura also plans and manages events for clients through her company, L2 Event Production. Her projects include the Small Business Influencer Awards, Crowdopolis NYC 2013, and the first annual Zoho User Conference 2012. She also was the event planner and manager for The Small Business Summit and Smallbiztechnology.com's five-city Small Business Technology Tour – both sold in January 2013 to BlogWorld NMX. Laura also edits the popular roundup of events and competitions for small business published weekly on Smallbiztechnology.com and Small Business Trends. On Twitter: @lauraleites
Gene Marks is a columnist, author, and owner of the Marks Group PC, a highly successful ten-person firm that provides technology and consulting services to small and medium sized businesses. He writes weekly columns for The New York Times, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Inc. Magazine, FOX Business, and Philadelphia Magazine. Gene has written five books on business management, specifically geared towards small and medium sized companies. His most recent is In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash — Simple Lessons from Smart Business People (Create Space, 2010). Gene frequently appears on FOX Business, FOX News, Bloomberg, CNBC and MSNBC discussing matters affecting the business community. On Twitter: @genemarks
Joe Connolly's lively and interesting business reports are heard by 2 million people every week on WCBS 880 in New York and by millions more nationally through syndication. Officially, Joe works for the Wall Street Journal, where his primary job is to provide business reports for WCBS Newsradio 880. He is a former WCBS news anchor, a former sports reporter and a former Press Secretary to United States Senator Christopher Dodd. He has covered the White House, the State Department, and the Olympics. He also has former management experience at the RKO Radio Network. He has won many awards from groups ranging from the New York Press Club for his small business reports to the New York Society of Certified Public Accountants. On Twitter: @JoeConnollyWSJ
Joel Libava, The Franchise King, equips today’s prospective franchise owners with time-tested and proven techniques that are designed to massively increase their odds of success. He does this through one-on-one coaching, and gobs of useful content that can be found on places like Small Business Trends, SBA.Gov, and his award-winning franchise blog, The Franchise King. He’s been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, and is frequently called upon by national media outlets and publications for his no-spin insights into the world of franchising. Try to keep up with him on Twitter @FranchiseKing
Gary Whitehill is a relentless entrepreneur and driven philanthropist with a footprint on four continents; broad experience spanning entrepreneurship, M&A, business turnarounds, and Fortune 50 board directorships. Seasoned in structuring entrepreneurial ecosystems, Gary has been featured in industry-leading publications such as the Harvard Business Review, Inc. and the New York Times. @garywhitehill
JJ Ramberg is the host of msnbc's Your Business, the only television show dedicated to issues affecting small business owners. Now in its seventh season, the program has profiled hundreds of small business owners and featured advice from countless small business experts and investors. She is author of the best-selling book It's Your Business – 183 Essential Tips that Will Transform Your Small Business. JJ is the co-founder of Goodsearch.com, a socially responsible company which is game-changing in how it helps people help their favorite causes. Through its services including Goodsearch, Goodshop, Gooddining, Goodsurveys and others, the company transforms every day actions into ways to support your favorite charity or school and more than 15 million people have supported causes ranging from large national organizations like The American Red Cross to local high schools and animal shelters. JJ received her MBA from Stanford Business School. On Twitter: @jjramberg
Rieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company specializing in covering small businesses and entrepreneurship. A nationally known speaker and authority on entrepreneurship, Rieva has been covering America’s entrepreneurs for more than 30 years. She is also the editorial director of Network Solutions’ Grow Smart Business blog, and writes for SCORE, Small Business Trends, SBA.Gov, American Express OPEN Forum, Small Biz Nation on LinkedIn, AT&T, ReadWriteWeb’s startup channel, The Huffington Post Small Business, and her site SmallBizDaily.com. In 2009, she was named to Folio Magazine’s “Folio 40” list, which honors publishing’s top innovators. In 2011 she was named one of the nation’s top 100 Small Business Influencers.
Barry Moltz gets business owners growing again by unlocking their long forgotten potential. Barry Moltz has decades of entrepreneurial experience in his own business ventures as well as consulting with other entrepreneurs. He is the author of three books, including "You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business," which is in its 5th reprint and has been translated into Chinese, Russian, Korean and Thai. Barry founded an angel investor group, an angel fund, and is a former advisory member of the board of the Angel Capital Education Foundation. He is a frequent keynote speaker. On Twitter: @BarryMoltz.
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