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The 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 choose the final 100 Small Business Influencers. Judges include:

Anita Campbell
Anita Campbell is Publisher of Small Business Trends, reaching 6 million small business owners and stakeholders annually, and BizSugar, a social media site for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Anita was a long-time board member of NEOSA, the technology network of, 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). Today she focuses on growing Small Business Trends and BizSugar to be influential in the small business community. On Twitter: @SmallBizTrends.

Ramon Ray
Ramon Ray is a journalist, technology evangelist, publisher of 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
Ivana Taylor is committed to small business growing enough to hire just one more person. She’s accomplishing this mission through, 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, 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

Tim Berry is the founder and Chairman of Palo Alto Software, co-founder of Borland International, founder of, author of books and software, teacher of entrepreneurship, blogger, Stanford MBA, angel investor. His website is and his latest book is 'Lean Business Planning.' His blog posts from several sites are collected at

Rieva Lesonsky
Rieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a custom content creation company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship, and the blog A nationally- known speaker, best-selling author, and authority on entrepreneurship, Lesonsky has been covering America’s entrepreneurs for more than 30 years. Before co-founding GrowBiz Media, Lesonsky was the long-time Editorial Director of Entrepreneur magazine.

Barry Moltz
Barry Moltz helps small businesses get unstuck. He is a motivational speaker, author and radio talk show host. Barry can be found at

Joel Libava
The Franchise King®, Joel Libava, is a top expert on franchising. His award-winning blog, The Franchise King Blog, features over 1000 helpful articles on how to buy a franchise. Joel also owns Franchise Business University, where you can enroll in a free online course on franchising.

Shawn M. Miller
Shawn M. Miller is the CEO of Performance Institute in Holland, Michigan, USA. ‘P.I.’ is a boutique strategic marketing and business advisement firm which holds three brands in addition to private consulting clients; the Celebrity CEO Model of Business Coaching and Celebrity Entrepreneur Magazine and a SaaS software suite of Social Media publishing and management tools called Social Cloud Suite.

Shawn is a Social Entrepreneur, triggering multiple businesses, including FLEX Fitness Center, to fund missions and ministries which build families. You can easily find Shawn on most Social Media Channels as “ShawnMMiller” (Klout tracks Shawn among the Top 0.1% Most Influential People on-line in the subjects of Business, Branding, and Entrepreneurship).

Julie Zisman
Julie Zisman is the Head of Marketing at Little Bird, an Influencer Marketing platform that identifies the influencers and content that shape markets trends and buyer intent. Julie joined Little Bird in November 2014 after serving more than a decade in marketing leadership roles at Showpad, Kontagent and Tealeaf.

Warren Whitlock
Warren Whitlock is a digital business development strategist. In 2008, he wrote the first book about Twitter and Mobile Marketing, and the best selling "Profitable Social Media: Business Results Without Playing Games." He is the host of Social Media Radio and speaks frequently about social media marketing, online publicity and marketing, social networking and building lifetime value for rapid growth. He was also named one of Forbes' Top 10 Social Media Power Influencers.

Chaitra Dutt
Chaitra Vedullapalli is currently the CMO of Meylah, a turnkey native marketplace platform. Chaitra is a co-architect of Ignite Washington, a city by city digital readiness initiative to foster local economic development. Chaitra has a proven track record of enabling global transformations, architecting innovative business models and leading communities with excellence. She is was a former executive for Microsoft and is recognized as a Top 100 Small business influencer and holds a patent in Web Methods.

Dustin Luther
As the Director of Engagement at Dun & Bradstreet, Dustin Luther manages a team that spans content, events and social media. Through articles, videos, webinars, hangouts, contests, live events and other campaigns, his team is focused on engaging with and educating the business community about the value that Dun & Bradstreet and Hoover’s can bring to their businesses.

Brett Relander
Brett Relander is the Founder & Chief Strategy Officer at Launch & Hustle and a Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer. Brett’s broad experience with both startups and enterprise clients gives him a unique perspective and ability to connect the dots for brands of all sizes. Brett is a leading social media, mobile, and digital marketing strategy consultant and an accomplished author and speaker. He’s currently a featured contributor on, and

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