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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.

Alex Bard

63 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Alex Bard is the CEO of Salesforce Desk.com, an instant customer service help desk for small and medium sized businesses. Desk.com lets SMBs deliver personal customer service with a help desk that is…   Read More



Tory Johnson

22 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


After being coldly fired from a job she loved, Tory Johnson learned the importance of a self-directed career path—one that’s controlled by each of us and not reliant on others handing us what we want…   Read More



Raj Tulshan

15 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Raj Tulshan works as the Director of Business Development at Biz2Credit.   Read More



Sandy Carter

13 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Sandy Carter is Vice President of Social Business Evangelism at IBM. She is the best selling author of two books: “The New Language of Business: SOA & Web 2.0”, and “The New Language of Marketing…   Read More



Michael Alter

15 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Michael is the President and CEO of SurePayroll. In that role he is responsible for the overall business model development, strategic planning, and day-to-day operations of the company. Previously with…   Read More



Kevin Cochrane

14 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Kevin Cochrane is the Vice President of Product Strategy Marketing at Adobe. His resume includes positions at Day Software AG, as Chief Marketing Officer and VP Product Management at Alfresco. Kevin holds…   Read More



Joe Apfelbaum

288 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Joe Apfelbaum is the CEO and co-founder of Ajax Union. An approachable and enthusiastic marketer, Joe actively works with staff members and business owners alike to facilitate the success of his clients.…   Read More



"Zig" Ziglar

24 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Hilary Hinton "Zig" Ziglar is a well-known author, salesman, and motivational speaker born in Alabama as the tenth of 12 children. Before starting his career as a motivational speaker, Ziglar worked as…   Read More



Shonali Burke

17 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Shonali is a PR pro and communications consultant that has worked in Asia and North America helping small businesses, not-for-profits and corporations excel at delivering their message. Her outside efforts…   Read More



Chuck Blakeman

15 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Chuck started and built seven successful businesses in 25 years both in the U.S. and internationally, and now uses his leadership experience to help business owners create success. His company, The Crankset…   Read More



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