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Melinda Emerson

Nominated for the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards in:

Melinda Emerson, the "SmallBizLady," is a seasoned entrepreneur, professional speaker, social media strategist and small business coach.

Emerson focuses on helping would-be entrepreneurs start their first business, grow it, and use social media and blogging to market it.


Melinda has lectured on small business at The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Rosemont College and for clients including: IKEA, Verizon, GlaxoSmithKline, National Association of Women Business Owners, PA Governor’s Conference for Women, International Association of Business Communicators, the Small Business Administration, and the Center for Women’s Business Research.

Melinda's weekly small biz chat (#SmallBizchat) on Twitter was one of the earliest Twitter chats for small business. She is a frequent speaker and writer on the topic of helping small businesses grow their businesses. She also is the author of Succeed as Your Own Boss.


Website @smallbizlady

Nominated by Susan Payton


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