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  • 2015 Top Champions and Honorable Mentions
    November 24, 2015 The Judges for the 2015 Small Business Influencer Awards have spoken, and the Top 100 Champions have been selected! The list, as always, is a fabulous mix of up-and-comers and well-known small business enthusiasts, as well as companies and members of the media. The Champions were selected by a highly-esteemed panel of Judges based on their involvement and influence in the small business community. The Awards, now in their fifth year and produced by Small Business… Read More
  • 2015 Community Choice Honorees
    November 6, 2015 We’re thrilled to announce the 2015 Small Business Influencer Community Choice honorees. These are the top 5 vote-getters in each category. Congratulations. More to Come The Judges are carefully deliberating over the selections for the Top 100 Champions. The Top 100 Champions will be announced no later than November 16, 2015. Stay tuned! Read More
  • 2014 Gala
    The 2014 Small Business Influencer Gala Highlights October 30, 2014 This year's Small Business Influencer Gala capped off a day of intense learning and networking at the 9th Annual Small Business Summit, held at the CUNY Center in New York City on October 22, 2014. After a day of sessions chock-full of information designed to help small business owners succeed, attendees gathered at a reception for mixing and mingling. Celebrating A Prestigious Honor It was easy to see who… Read More
  • 2014 Top 100 Champions
    September 25, 2014 The 2014 Small Business Influencer Judges have spoken, and the Top 100 Champions have been selected. These are the top 100 Influencers chosen by a carefully curated panel of expert small business judges. Celebrate the Champions The 2014 Top 100 Champions, Community Choice, and Honorable Mention winners will be honored in New York City on October 22nd at the world-class Small Business Summit and Influencer Awards Gala. Come honor these deserving people and companies… Read More
  • 2014 Community Choice Honorees
    September 16, 2014 We’re thrilled to announce the 2014 Small Business Influencer Community Choice honorees. These are the top 5 vote-getters in each category. Congratulations. More to Come The Judges are carefully deliberating over the selections for the Top 100 Champions. The Top 100 Champions will be announced no later than September 25, 2014. Stay tuned! Save the Date Please join us in New York City on October 22nd at the Small Business Summit and Influencer Awards Gala… Read More
  • Time’s Running Out to Vote for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards
    September 10, 2014 For those of you who like putting things off until the last minute, it has arrived! Voting ends on September 15, 2014, at 2:59 pm Eastern. So you still have a few days to support all the Small Business Influencer nominees you want to shine the spotlight on. Voting literally takes one second! Just click the big red Vote button on a nominee’s page. But if you have 5 seconds, go one step further and leave a nice note in the comments section about why you’re supporting… Read More
  • FAQs on Voting
    I’ve gotten emails and tweets from several people with the same questions, so I wanted to address them here. Why Can’t My Community Vote? Our voting program uses IP addresses to distinguish one voter from another. That means the IP address that you have for your computer is probably different from the IP address that the world sees. Internet Service Providers, such as cable and DSL providers, or your Network Administrator, will often provide just one IP address for your… Read More
  • It’s Time to Vote for Small Business Influencer!
    September 2, 2014 How Voting Works This year, voting is a bit different. You can vote for as many nominees as you’d like, but only one time. We decided on this system to really let our community choose the winners based on merit, not a popularity contest. This also keeps nominees from annoying their network by continually asking for more and more votes. To vote, simply visit the nominee’s page you want to vote for, and click the Vote button. Simple. You can also leave… Read More
  • Time to Nominate is Drawing to a Close
    August 27, 2014 Friday is the last day you can nominate for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards! If you haven’t yet nominated all the leaders, experts, journalists, brands, and applications that you think deserve honor do it now! Nominations will be accepted until 3 pm Eastern on Friday. At that point, we’ll shut the doors on nominations. After that, voting begins and will last until September 15, 2014. You can vote once per nominee. Ideas for Last-Minute Nominations Maybe… Read More
  • How we Celebrate the Unsung Heroes of the Small Business World
    August 20, 2014 For those of us behind the scenes here at the Small Business Influencer Awards, it’s easy to overlook all the painstaking details that go into our efforts to maintain the integrity of the Awards. It’s these details and processes that back up our commitment to quality in these awards. We wanted to provide a sneak peek to you of what goes on behind the scenes. Transparent Processes We do our best to make everything we do for the Awards transparent to both nominees… Read More
  • 23 days away to the Nomination period closing!
    August 6, 2014 We’re 23 days away to the Nomination period closing! If you’re having trouble writing your nomination, this guide will help you. To nominate a person, app, corporation, or news outlet, please follow the following outline: Enter the name of the person, app, corporation or news, outlet. Choose a category; News Outlet Journalist Leader Corporate Expert App Growth Story Marketing Campaign Use the following… Read More
  • What You Need to Know About Our Two New Categories
    July 23, 2014 In addition to our usual 6 categories, we’ve added two more this year: Small Business Marketing Campaign of the Year Small Business Growth Story of the Year We want to hear creative ways companies and agencies are capturing their audience. Know a brand that got your attention through a clever marketing campaign? Nominate them. Has your company had an unusual path to success? We want to hear about it. If you want examples of what we’re looking for, look… Read More
  • Nominations for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards are Now Open
    July 10, 2014 It’s time again for the annual Influencer Awards! We’re now in our fourth year and continue to see more and more nominations for fabulous folks doing wonderful things in the small business community. You can nominate your favorite people, companies, and apps now through August 29, 2014. What’s New As always, we’re accepting nominations in the following categories: News Outlets (media companies) Corporations (providers of products and services to the small… Read More
  • The 2013 Awards Gala: a Night of Networking, Celebration and Inspiration
    November 19, 2013 The 2013 Small Business Influencer Award Top Champions and Community Choice Honorees were feted as awards were handed out in Manhattan on the evening of October 17, 2013. The 3rd Annual Small Business Influencer Awards Gala took place at the Graduate Center at City University of New York (CUNY). Joining the honorees in the crowd were co-workers, family members, journalists and industry luminaries. Rubbing Elbows with Small Business Influencers The event began with a… Read More
  • Countdown Clock Issue Report
    September 5, 2013 We have reset the Countdown Counter, which it turns out was off by 1 day due to operator error. The ending date is still exactly the same as it always was, as provided in the official rules - September 9, 2013 at 11:59 pm Pacific time. However, the countdown counter was off. It had been set incorrectly to begin with. So we have now adjusted the countdown counter to match the date and time listed in the official rules. Read More
  • Just a Few Weeks Left to Nominate and Vote!
    August 26, 2013 -- We've got just 2 weeks remaining in the 2013 Small Business Influencer Awards! We’ve seen a flood of nominees -- some previous Influencers, and many new faces -- and tremendous support from the small business community. Don't let time slip by. Make sure you vote daily for any news outlet, corporation, leader, expert, software, or app that makes a difference to your small business. Nominate anyone who you think deserves to be recognized. Tell your friends! Remember: you… Read More
  • Go Beyond Voting: Using the Facebook Comment Feature
    August 19, 2013 -- One feature we added last year to each Small Business Influencer nomination page is the Facebook Comment feature. Below each nominee’s info, you’ll see a Facebook plugin where you can leave comments about the nominee that you can also share on your Facebook wall. While your votes help us select the Community Choice winners, and account for 40% of the decision on the Top 100 Influencer Champions, the rest is up to the Judges. And your comments explaining why a given… Read More
  • Follow Along on #SMBInfluencer
    August 12, 2013 -- If you haven't been keeping up with Small Business Influencer on Twitter, we encourage you to do so. We’re seeing a flurry of tweets using the hashtag #SMBInfluencer, and we’re using the Twitter handle @SMBInfluencer to make announcements about the Awards, as well as to share the newest nominees. We’re also sharing updates on Small Business Trends’ Facebook and Google + pages, so if you’re hanging out there, come find us. Read More
  • What Categories Will You Nominate?
    August 6, 2013 -- As you can see from the menu above, we’ve got six categories you can nominate in this year: News outlets Journalists Leaders Corporations Experts Apps We encourage you to nominate for multiple categories! Just think about the publications you read, the writer you follow, and the apps and companies you use to grow your business. Leader vs. Expert We get asked a lot: "what's the difference between a leader and an expert?" Here's how you can tell the difference… Read More
  • Nomination and Voting Have Been Combined: What You Need to Know
    July 29, 2013 -- You may have noticed that this year, we combined the nomination and voting period. After looking at past results, we felt there would be a bigger impact for our nominees, as well as those nominating and voting, if we consolidated the activity period. That being said, you probably have questions. What if I get nominated at the end of the period? Does that affect my ability to be a Champion? The votes from the public go toward the Community Choice Awards, which are given… Read More
  • Nominees: How to Maximize Your Nomination
    July 23, 2013 -- Congratulations on your Small Business Influencer nomination! Now comes the fun part. We want to help you maximize your exposure on the Influencer site and get more votes. To that end, we've put together the following tools to help you. Each can be customized especially for you! Put a Badge on your site Use the Press Release Generator to share the news about your nomination Additionally, on your nomination page, you’ll find sharing buttons. Feel free to… Read More
  • 2013 Small Business Influencer Awards Kick Off!
    June 27, 2013 -- The Small Business Influencer Awards are back for 2013! We are delighted to kick off these Awards for the third year in a row. The biggest change for 2013 is that the nomination and community support periods are collapsed into one. Last year we had separate nomination and voting periods. But there were some negatives from that. It was so long between the nomination and voting periods that some people complained they lost momentum. We heard from dozens of companies… Read More
  • Join Us at the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards Gala!
    August 22, 2012 -- Join us for an exciting evening of networking with top small business influencers! This networking event and awards ceremony will honor the 2012 Small Business Influencer Award honorees, on the evening of October 17, 2012, in New York City at the Javits Convention Center. We're going to rock the Javits - hope you'll be there! Fun, High-Energy Evening Gala! The Awards Gala begins at 5:30 pm with a networking reception. At 6:30 pm the official awards ceremony starts. All… Read More
  • Congratulations to the 2012 Honorees!
    August 8, 2012 -- We're absolutely delighted to announce this year's choices in the Small Business Influencer Awards for 2012! Congratulations to the: Top 100 Champions and Honorable Mentions Community Choice Honorees The Small Business Influencer Awards honor those who are influential to small businesses in North America, through the products, services, knowledge, information or support they provide to the small business market. The Awards are designed to recognize the unsung heroes… Read More
  • Update on Known Issue Re Voting Buttons
    August 5, 2012 -- This is an update to our message this morning on the @SMBinfluencer Twitter account about a known issue involving the voting buttons. Overnight, due to an issue with the javascript used for the voting buttons, the vote counts were not being updated live on the site. Votes were, in fact, being registered in the system. The only issue is that the vote totals were not changing on the front end for people to see, for a period of several hours. All voting buttons were impacted… Read More
  • How to Vote
    July 26, 2012 -- Voting takes one click. No registration is required. All you do is click on the big yellow VOTE button on the nominee's page, to the left of the nominee's name. See below for a screenshot. See where the red arrow is pointing? That is the button you click. Once you click, the vote count will go up by one. The yellow button will then change to "VOTED." The count will show one more vote. See the following screenshot showing your vote is now logged. Here… Read More
  • How We Count #SMBInfluencer Votes
    July 24, 2012 -- We've had a lot of questions about voting. Some of you have written to us saying, "People report that they've tried to vote, but it says they've already voted. Is my nomination page broken?" Here's the scoop on voting. What's My IP Address? Our voting program uses IP addresses to distinguish one voter from another. Now, let me explain what that means. The IP address that you have for your computer is probably different from the IP address that the world sees. Internet… Read More
  • Over 980 #SMBInfluencer Nominees: Vote Through August 5, 2012!
    July 19, 2012 -- It's time to vote! A two-and-a-half month nomination period netted 985 approved nominations for the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards. That's nearly double the number from 2011. Congratulations to all nominated. And now it's time for YOU to vote and show your support. Voting remains open through August 5, 2012, at 11:59 pm Los Angeles time. Just a few reminders for everyone: For Supporters - Vote daily. Yes, you are allowed to vote once each day, i.e., once every… Read More
  • Nomination Period Soon Closing for the 2012 Awards
    June 25, 2012 -- You've still got three weeks (through July 15, 2012) to submit nominations for 2012 in the Small Business Influencer Awards. But don't wait -- the time will run out fast. Check out the Press Release we issued today through PRNewswire as part of our ongoing call for nominations. Then hit that nomination page! BIG Thank You to Our Sponsors Many thanks to title sponsor BlackBerry, as well as sponsors Infusionsoft, Vocus and GetResponse. And thanks to our many partners. Follow… Read More
  • What's New for 2012
    May 30, 2012 -- This year, for 2012, we've made some changes to the Small Business Influencer Awards that we hope you will find valuable. Changes include: - A 6th category - for apps - was added. We added this category because a particular software or mobile app may be much beloved by entrepreneurs and small biz people, while the company behind it may serve many different markets and different sized businesses. By designating the app, people can get specific when nominating their favorites.… Read More
  • Kick Off! Second Annual Small Business Influencer Awards for 2012
    May 1, 2012 -- We are delighted to kick off the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards! For the second year in a row, the Small Business Influencer Awards will honor those organizations, companies and individuals who are influential to small businesses in North America through the products, services, knowledge or support they provide to the small business market. This year there are six categories: apps, news outlets, corporations, journalists, leaders, and small business experts. Important… Read More

2011 News

  • Download the Printed Program From the Awards Gala!
    October 12, 2011 -- The Small Business Influencer Awards Gala held on September 13, 2011 in New York City was an event enjoyed by over 225 people. A number of you who could not attend have asked for a copy of the printed program. We're delighted to be able to provide it. Go here to download your print-quality PDF of the program -- it's a large file due to the graphics, so please give it time to download: Printed program - Small Business Influencer Awards Gala 2011 Read More
  • Hotel Information for Gala Awards
    September 2, 2011 -- We've been asked about hotels for the Awards Gala on September 13, 2011. This year, since it's a first year event, we did not get a room block. However, since I am traveling to New York from Cleveland, I did some digging around for my own arrangements. The closest hotel appears to be the Empire Hotel, about a block away. Rooms run $450 and up, and going fast, so book soon. If the Empire Hotel is not available, your best best is to try any of the hotels in Midtown… Read More
  • Announcing the 2011 Small Business Influencer Champions
    August 23, 2011 -- With 520 nominations, over 125,000 votes and thousands more Tweets and Likes, Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com are happy to announce the Small Business Influencer 2011 Champions and Honorees. Congratulations to all nominees who participated – being nominated is itself an honor. The Small Business Influencer 2011 awards -- sponsored by BlackBerry, Infusionsoft and Sage -- is an opportunity for individuals, companies and organizations in North America to be… Read More
  • Update on Voting Process
    August 10, 2011 - A HUGE thank you goes to every nominee and to everyone who voted in the Small Business Influencer 2011 recognitions and awards. Over 125,000 votes were cast, on behalf of 520 nominees. We know you're all excited to learn who the Top 100 are. A few things to keep in mind: (1) The popular voting on the site is weighted at 40%. Those who did well in the popular voting -- congratulations! You have demonstrated that you can influence a large number of people to support you in… Read More
  • Another BlackBerry PlayBook Giveaway - Through August 1st
    UPDATE AUGUST 6, 2011: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. WE HAVE 2 WINNERS IN OUR RANDOM DRAWING FOR THE PLAYBOOKS. CONGRATULATIONS TO @ChellyElite AND @inkscrblr -- THE WINNERS! It's so exciting! There are now more than 65,000 votes for 520 Small Business Influencer nominees as of July 27 -- thanks to YOUR support. And in honor of the great response, we're giving away another two BlackBerry PlayBooks. The PlayBook is a new compact tablet, and we have… Read More
  • Join Us On July 25 For a Twitter Chat - #BBSMBchat
    Twitter chats are a great way to share ideas and tips -- and also make new connections on Twitter. Mark your calendar for Monday, July 25, 2011. Ramon Ray and Anita Campbell, Co-Founders of Small Business Influencers, will be chatting with you online at Twitter. The chat, called #BBSMBchat, will be from 7:00pm - 8:00pm Eastern time. This chat is hosted by BlackBerry, and the @BlackBerry4Biz Twitter team will be moderating and asking questions. We also hope to have some of the nominees,… Read More
  • 520 Is the Final Nominee Count
    We're delighted to announce that the final nominee count came in at 520 nominations. We did a final once-over for any duplicates. Despite our best efforts to check everything during the nomination period, a couple of duplicates had managed to get through until we did our final review of them. Also, we removed any nominations that did not meet the eligibility criteria. For example, we received several nominations of people and companies from outside of North America, and so we had to disqualify… Read More
  • Announcing The Winners Of BlackBerry PlayBooks
    Wow! We're delighted to announce the two winners in our BlackBerry PlayBook giveway. This was a Twitter contest and the Twitter screen names of our winners are @dianetowin and @bigvincec. Diane, @dianetowin, is from Pennsylvania and in her profile she says "I like to tweet, I like to learn about new products and yes, I would like to win things occasionally. :)" Li, @bigvincec, is from Kentucky and according to his profile, he likes sports and vg. Thank you to all of you who participated… Read More
  • Win a BlackBerry Playbook!
    THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING - THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER. WE HAVE TWO WINNERS AND WILL BE ANNOUNCING THEM SHORTLY. We're giving away 2 exciting new BlackBerry Playbooks. To enter for a chance to win a Playbook, all you have to do is tweet and show your support of Small Business Influencer 2011! The Playbook is a compact tablet from BlackBerry. Thanks to our sponsor, BlackBerry, we have two 16 GB Playbooks for a random drawing. About the BlackBerry Playbook The Playbook is BlackBerry’s… Read More
  • Launch: we have lift off!
    Woo-hoo! The Small Business Influencer awards has kicked off. Nominations are now being accepted. And the excitement builds! Read More
  • #SMBinfluencer on Twitter
    You can keep tabs on who is being nominated, via Twitter. Just search for the #SMBinfluencer hashtag on Twitter. Read More





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