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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.

"Jill Salzman" Named A Top 100 Champion

17 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Jill Salzman is currently growing her third entrepreneurial venture, The Founding Moms, the world’s first and only kid-friendly collective of monthly meetups for mom entrepreneurs. A graduate of Brown…   Read More



Fred Wilson

14 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. He currently is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures and also founded Flatiron Partners, another NY based venture capital firm. Fred has…   Read More



Laura Thomas

71 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Laura Pevehouse Thomas was profiled as one of five “social media mavens” in the March 2009 issue of Austin Woman Magazine and named an AdWeek’s TweetFreak Five to Follow. She has worked in and around…   Read More



Cathy Horton

18 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Cathy B. Horton, Esq is an accomplished and versatile businesswoman who has successfully built several flourishing enterprises during her career. Her ventures include Nutek Green, an environmentally conscious…   Read More



Ellen Rohr

16 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Rohr started Bare Bones Biz- a venture capital and consulting company – in 1995, to help folks of all ages turn their big ideas into successful businesses. She is a columnist for PHC News, Business Journals,…   Read More



Greg Gianforte

12 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


An engineer by training, Greg Gianforte founded RightNow in 1997 and took the company public in 2004. He also founded Brightwork, a pioneering developer of network management applications, in 1986. With…   Read More



Mike Muhney

71 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Mike Muhney is the CEO & Co-Founder of VIPorbit Software International, Inc., a software developer focusing on the Smartphone and Tablet marketplace. Prior to co-founding VIPorbit, Mike worked as a Senior…   Read More



"Nancy Ploeger" Named A Top 100 Champion

16 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Nancy Ploeger is the President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. Enhancing New York City's economic growth and advocacy for small businesses has been Nancy's goal for the past 16 years. Since joining…   Read More



Christian Taylor

14 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Christian Taylor the CEO and founder of Payvment, the leading social commerce platform and the #1 eCommerce solution on Facebook. Before starting Payvment, Christian founded X Creative, a company focused…   Read More



Gina Alagata

32 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Gina Alagata is the Founder and CEO of Wink, Women Inkorporated. Wink is a women-only networking company that officially launched in April 2010 and is headquartered in San Diego, CA. Wink offers meeting…   Read More



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