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The Leaders nomination category includes executives, academics, government officials, or key employees who are part of organizations serving the small business market.

Nominees for 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards in the category of business leaders.

Graham Lawlor

14 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Graham is the founder of Ultra Light Startups, a networking community for technology entrepreneurs. Ultra Light Startups runs monthly panel discussions and networking events on topics related to the technology,…   Read More



Karen G. Mills

17 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Karen Gordon Mills was sworn in April 6, 2009, as the 23rd Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration after being appointed by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S.…   Read More



Cynthia McCahon

15 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Entrepreneur and author Cynthia K. McCahon founded Enloop to provide an easy way for anyone to plan and forecast a business. After years of providing business planning and development services for private…   Read More



Ridgely Evers

17 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Ridgely Evers has been CEO of companies in the software, real estate, investment, and consumer products industries. He has also been a supporter of America’s small business community. He currently leads…   Read More



Mitch Jacobs

14 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Mitch Jacobs is CEO of On Deck, the technology company dedicated to changing the way small businesses access capital. Prior to starting On Deck Capital, Jacobs was the CEO and founder of Tranvia, Inc.,…   Read More



Arlin Sorensen

23 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Arlin graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Farm Operations, and in 1977 began raising crops. Then in 1982, Arlin purchased his first computer (an Apple II+) for use in his operation and…   Read More



Jeff Bezos

34 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


After a cross country drive from New York to Seattle, where Jeff Bezos came up with the idea for Amazon.com, he founded the site from his garage. As Amazon succeeded, Bezos became a well-known dot-com…   Read More



Scott Hintz

16 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Scott Hintz is the Vice President of Business Development and co-founder of TripIt, the leading mobile travel organizer that makes it easy for millions of travelers to organize and share trips, no matter…   Read More



Bill Peppler

13 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


By using optimal recruiting strategies, Kavaliro has provided employers with the most qualified and professional employees, who can staff both project and permanent positions that ensures the ongoing success…   Read More



Dan Gilbert

15 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Dan Gilbert is Chairman and Founder of Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s largest online home lender. He is also majority owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and the American Hockey League’s Lake…   Read More



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