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The 2013 Awards Gala: a Night of Networking, Celebration and Inspiration

2013 Awards Gala 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 networking reception, where about 150 people mixed and mingled, and had the opportunity to meet new people and make new connections. Then the awards ceremony began, where the honorees were presented with a crystal trophy by the Awards co-founders Ramon Ray and Anita Campbell.

Champions came from all over the United States to participate. There was even a surprise visit by one enthusiastic supporter who came all the way from Pakistan.

Also on hand was Sage, sponsor of the event. Awards co-founder Anita Campbell pointed out that Sage is a company with a deep commitment to small businesses, and “puts its money where its mouth is” by buying from their small business customers. One of the items given out by Sage at the event was spray bottles of Lemongrass linen spray, made by Sage customer LimeGreen.

A few of the Small Business Influencers honored at the Gala included Ami Kassar, founder of Multifunding and a columnist on the New York Times’ You’re the Boss blog. Also on hand was Toffer Grant, the founder of PEX Card, Karla Campos of Social Media Sass, and Nick Chou, Head of Product Marketing for, as well as representatives of Xero and Hiscox Insurance.

Judy Hackett, the Chief Marketing Officer for Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., spoke about the many thousands and thousands of small businesses they reach through their credit services.

Some inspiring entrepreneurship stories were shared in remarks by honorees.

Larry Kim, Founder of Wordstream, noted as he accepted his award that he had started his business in his basement, and now had about 100 employees.

John Lawson (“ColderICE”) pointed out that he was a high school dropout, who had become successful in his career through entrepreneurship.

Kip Marlow, founder of the Entrepreneurs Club Radio, was there along with his son, and told how he had been successful in building a medical supply business that he sold but had his share of failure, too.

A representative of Paychex told the story of how Paychex was started four decades earlier by one entrepreneur.

Chaitra Vedullapalli, co-founder of Meylah, is an immigrant who spoke about Meylah’s commitment to help local small businesses grow sales by participating in e-commerce.

Lynn Bardowski, the "Million Party Girl" was on hand to inspire with her story of building a successful direct home sales business.

Several representatives of College Works were on hand, to share how they help student entrepreneurs get their first taste of business ownership by running a summer painting business.

Rounding out the evening were Judges Ivana Taylor of DIY Marketers, and Laura Leites, of L2Event Productions.

These and many more, along with friends and family, shared experiences in inspiring and moving ways.

Congratulations to all

Check out the photo gallery from the Awards Gala.

See the full list of the Top Champions, and Community Choice Honorees.

Go here for the official press release.

Don’t Miss The Influencer Awards in 2014

The Gala was an excellent opportunity for business owners like you to meet other entrepreneurs and notable individuals. We hope you’ll join us for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards next year!

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