2011 Small Business Influencer Champions Honored at Awards Ceremony

New York and Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) October 25, 2011

The 100 finalists of the 2011 Small Business Influencer initiative were honored in New York City on September 13, 2011 at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. Out of 520 applicants, the finalists, called Champions, were chosen by community voting as well as a panel of small-business judges.

The Champions are business owners, authors, speakers, bloggers and thought leaders. They come from a wide background: from solopreneurs to corporate executives. But they have one thing in common: supporting small businesses. Through the voting period, more than 125,000 votes were cast by the small business community.

The Awards event in New York City drew over 220 guests. Champions were recognized with a crystal award, acknowledgement of their achievements, and an evening of networking with their peers.

These days, its even more important for small businesses to have resources and support, said Anita Campbell, CEO of Small Business Trends and co-founder of the Small Business Influencer Awards, We wanted to recognize those companies and individuals who are helping small businesses succeed on every level.

Campbell launched the Small Business Influencer Awards along with Ramon Ray, Editor of Smallbiztechnology.

The 2011 Small Business Influencer initiative was sponsored by BlackBerry, InfusionSoft and Sage. The initiative was also a success, thanks to media partners Small Biz Lady, BizTech, Basic Blog Tips, Manta, Egg Marketing, Its Your Biz, BizSugar, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Smith and Keats, Adrians Network, Webgrrls International and Ultra Light Startups.

To learn more about the Small Business Influencer program, as well as to get involved with the 2012 program, please visit SMBinfluencers.com.

Here is the list of the top 100 Champions.

Abrams, Rhonda


America’s Small Business Development Center Network

Armstrong, Mario

Babson College

Ball, Alison

Barone, Lisa

Bates, Cindy

Bellamkonda, Shashi

Berry, Tim

Better Business Bureau

Black Enterprise

Blumenthal, Mike

Borders + Gratehouse

Brelsford, Harry

Brodsky, Norm


Citrix Online

Clark, Brian

Connolly, Joe

Constant Contact

Cornwall, Jeff

DeBaise, Colleen

Delaney, Laurel

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp

Eberson, Ilana


Emerson, Melinda


Fenn, Donna

Goltz, Jay


Greene, Patricia

Gregory, Alyssa


Hewitt, John T.

HP MagCloud


Inc. Magazine


It’s Your Biz

Jantsch, John

Kahn, Richard K.

Kerrigan, Karen

Kukral, Jim

Kurtz, Rod

Lawson, John

Lesonsky, Rieva

Levin, Robert


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