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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 the Influencers were as conference attendees huddled around them, asking questions and sharing successes, tips, and strategies for small business. While their pride at being honored for this prestigious award was obvious, they were also extremely humbled.

After a buzzing reception, which included cocktails and light snacks, attendees (which included notable journalists, small business leaders, authors, and speakers) gathered to celebrate the Champions, Community Choice, and Honorable Mention honorees for this year’s Influencer Awards.

The Small Business Influencer awards celebrate the people and businesses who are making a positive impact in the small business community. The Top 100 Champions are chosen by an elite panel of judges, and the Community Choice winners voted on by the community.

Honorees were presented with a beautiful jade crystal award by Influencer co-founders Anita Campbell and Ramon Ray. Honorees were invited to say a few words of thanks, which, says Geno Prussakov, a Top 100 Champion, were a highlight for him:

"I utterly enjoyed my first ever Small Business Awards Gala. One of the highlights of the ceremony for me were the mini-speeches that many of the winners delivered after receiving their award. Moving, uplifting, and motivating (to press on)!"

Each honoree also had a picture taken by a professional photographer accepting the award from Anita and Ramon.

An Inspirational Gathering of Entrepreneurs

For many, what was more beneficial than walking on stage and receiving an award was simply the camaraderie that the Summit and Gala provided. Many of us don't get the opportunity to network with other small business owners often, and this day provided ample opportunity to do so.

"I had a blast at the Gala. I met so many people who, like me, are passionate about helping small businesses. It loved hearing about their own approaches and takes on the problems they solve for small businesses - it was a real eye-opener and learning experience," said Matt Mansfield, a Honorable Mention Honoree.

Congrats to This Year’s Honorees

Check out the photo gallery from the Awards Gala above.

See the full list of the Champions, Community Choice, and Honorable Mention honorees.

Will We See You Next Year?

We're already planning the 2015 Small Business Influencer Awards and Gala. Stay tuned for details, and hopefully we’ll see you then!

-Susan Payton

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