Adam Bluemner is the Project Specialist Manager for Find Accounting Software, a service providing free software selection assistance. Over the last decade Adam has spoken with over 10,000 companies, helping them achieve business success through intelligent software investment. Adam writes extensively on ERP and business software.
Adam Lovelock is a Co-Founder of Astonish Email, the quick and easy email marketing system built especially for small business owners. He has spent the past six years working with hundreds of small businesses, helping them build valuable relationships with their contacts through email marketing. You can email Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org or try Astonish Email for free at www.astonishemail.com.
Alex Morris is a Copywriter and Social Media Manager for the award winning Soap Media. He has also worked as an SEO Executive and Digital Marketer for a leading small business in the UK, and has been a business writer and blogger since completing a Masters Journalism degree in 2007. He spends his spare time developing a satirical blog whilst working on a debut novel.
Allie Gray Freeland is a freelance Marketing Consultant based in Kansas City, KS. She specializes in content marketing, public relations, and digital strategy. Allie is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and has a decade of experience. She contributes to various business, marketing, and tech publications. Follow her at @AllieGrayFree.
Amanda Han is a managing director of Keystone CPA, Inc., a firm which specializes in comprehensive financial and tax strategies for business owners and investors. Extensive experience has allowed Amanda to take top-notch tax and financial strategies that are traditionally only available to Fortune 500 companies and bring them to the small business owners' community. Amanda is a frequent contributor and educator to some of the nation's top investment companies and is a leading expert on retirement investing.
Andrew Cravenho is the CEO of CBAC Funding, an innovative invoice finance company. As a serial entrepreneur, Andrew focuses on helping both small and medium sized businesses take control of their cash flow.
Andrew McDermott is the co-author of Hook: Why Websites Fail to Make Money and the co-founder of HooktoWin.com. Subscribe to his 5-day mini course and you'll learn how to attract and convert website visitors, automatically.
As the founder of Petra Coach, Andy Bailey can cut through organizational BS faster than a hot knife through butter, showing organizations the logjams thwarting their success and coaching them past the excuses we all use to avoid doing what needs to be done. Andy learned how to build great organizations by building a great business, which he started in college, then grew into an Inc. 500 multi-million dollar national company that he successfully sold and exited. He founded Petra to pass on to other entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders the principles and practices he used to build his successful enterprise, which are rooted in the Rockefeller Habits methodology. Andy currently serves as president of the EO Nashville Chapter, named one of the fastest growing EO chapters in the world. He is a two-time finalist for Nashville Executive of the Year and has been honored as Nashville’s Volunteer of the Year.
Dr. Ann Gatty is a business learning specialist, author, and keynote speaker. She is the co-founder of www.StrategicPeopleSolutions.com, an organization that helps businesses develop strong leaders while creating a culture where self-improvement is an intrinsic part of the organization’s value system. With over 30 years of organizational management and teaching experience, Ann has designed the Business Sphere of Excellence® to help businesses create strategic business plans that provide profitable, sustainable results.
B.J. Hinshaw is a freelance writer based in Davis, California. He holds MAs in cultural geography and creative writing, and has previously been manager of a small business in London, England.
Barbara Swenson has several years work experience in the areas of accounting, real estate investing, marketing, financial management, insurance, and independent book publishing. She’s written numerous articles for AllBusiness.com, and is a Contributing Writer for Retailing Insight. She was also a Contributing Editor for the international magazine Magical Blend, and has penned articles for Aquarius and NAPRA Review magazines. She has written and published 25 personal transformation books in the last twenty years. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Arts from California State University Sonoma (with honors), and a Masters Degree in Science from California State University Sacramento (with honors). She lives in the Sierra foothills with her husband and son, two huge white dogs, and four cats.
Ben Baldwin is the founder of ClearFit, a job matching service used by thousands of companies who want an easy way to find and hire the right employees. He’s a patent holder, Wall Street Journal Startup Mentor, business advisor, and speaker. Donald Cowper is a best-selling author and head of content marketing at ClearFit. Connect with Ben on LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter.
Bob Voss has been starting and growing businesses for the last 35 years. He is the holder of two patents for Optical Code Technology and has raised over $8,000,000 for the companies he has started. In 2002 he was given the opportunity to start a Business Entrepreneur Certificate program at Dakota County Technical College in Minnesota. In 2006 he was awarded the Instructor of the Year at the college and in 2008 was awarded the National Business Entrepreneur Instructor of the Year for NACCE (National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship). His advice and counsel has helped hundreds of business start successfully. If you have a question for Bob, he can be contacted at email@example.com.
Brandy Wilson is an online strategist and serves as community manager for CMS’ eight internal social media networks, oversees and consults on social media campaigns for national brands. She has expert-level skills in most social networking technologies and practices and in social media strategy and management.
Brenda S. Stoltz is the CEO and founder of Ariad Partners and has over 20 years of experience in helping companies from Fortune 100 to startup, generate leads, increase sales and accelerate value. Get more expert advice about inbound marketing, SEO, lead generation and sales and marketing alignment on her blog.
Best-selling author and entrepreneur, Brian Horn, helps professionals leverage their knowledge to gain authority status in their industry, then uses authority marketing to get them national media exposure. His unique method has been talked about and covered on "The Howard Stern Show", Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Perez Hilton, CBS, Forbes, Advertising Age and dozens of other media outlets. Inc Magazine even named Brian an "emerging business leader to watch." You can learn more about Brian at AuthorityAlchemy.com
Brian Patterson is a partner at Go Fish Digital, an online marketing firm based in the Washington, D.C. area. Brian practices and writes extensively on the topics of Online Reputation Management and Search Engine Optimization. His experience ranges from helping small businesses beat out national brands for top industry keywords to helping Fortune 500 companies protect and defend their online reputations.
Brian Spero is a New York-based contributing member for Money Crashers, a personal finance resource that covers important topics such as economic policy, small business, careers, and money management. The goal of the site is to help readers improve their "financial fitness" and features tips for saving on expenses, finding the best business credit cards, and building a solid team.
Brian Sutter serves as Wasp Barcode Technologies’ director of marketing, where he sets the strategic direction and oversees the tactical execution of the company’s marketing programs. This diversified role encompasses all aspects of marketing for Wasp, including brand management, direct and channel marketing, online & digital marketing, public relations, and social media. Sutter joined Wasp in 2006, with a focus on web presence, new product introductions, and brand awareness. During his tenure, Sutter has led Wasp through the launch of more than 20 new products, and he has been instrumental in securing various awards for the company, including the prestigious Inc. 500, Collin County 60, CRN 163 Emerging Tech Dynamos, CRN Channel Chief, ISTE Best in Show, and the Web Marketing Association.
Sutter is also a Small Business Marketing and Technology thought leader and contributes to a variety of publications including Forbes, Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, Washington Post, and Fast Company. He loves connecting with small business owners as well as like-minded individuals. He can be found at @SmallBizBrian, Google+, and LinkedIn.
Carrie Smith is the founder of www.carefulcents.com a site for like-minded solopreneurs who want to make a living from their craft and build successful businesses. In May 2013 she quit her full-time accounting job, and recently launched her new course, Solopreneur Finance: Managing Money On Your Own Terms. She's been featured in The Huffington Post, Kiplinger, Glamour Magazine and other financial websites. Find her on Twitter @carefulcents.
Charlotte is a corporate law partner at CKR Law LLP based in San Francisco. She represents companies in corporate formation, venture capital financings, and mergers and acquisitions. Charlotte currently serves as general counsel of a software company and is on the board of advisors of several Silicon Valley startups. She advises on market entry strategy, marketing strategy, corporate development, and branding for U.S. companies seeking access to the Chinese market and Chinese companies seeking investment opportunities in the United States.
Chris Gregory is a managing partner and director of SEO at DAGMAR Marketing, a leading local SEO and digital marketing agency in Jacksonville, Florida. Chris is a Market Motive-Certified Master SEO and SEO Mentor, and has an extensive business management background in the network communications and business directory publishing industries.
For nearly three decades, Chris Marentis, Founder and CEO of Surefire Social, has been responsible for driving innovation and sales growth for large media and e-commerce brands as well as start-ups. With a long-history of counseling local businesses about their marketing efforts, Marentis provides insight on what it takes for small businesses to succeed and thrive in today’s evolving digital environment. His notable career includes creating the foundational blueprints for online marketing, e-commerce and content branding for AOL's Interactive Marketing group, where he served as Senior Vice President. While CEO of Clearspring Technologies (now Add This), Marentis developed one of the most widely adopted venture-backed Web 2.0 content distribution technology platforms in the world.
Chris Warden is a seasoned entrepreneur and executive. Starting his entrepreneurial career at age 19, he has performed in numerous capacities owning and managing both offline and online companies. Chris now serves as CMO of Fox Powers, a San Diego-based investment banking firm. You can connect with Chris via Linkedin or Twitter @ChrisWarden_SE.
Christophe is the co-founder of GetApp, the #1 Cloud Business Apps Marketplace. In his blog he shares his opinion on cloud computing trends and provides tips on how businesses can benefit from cloud-based apps to improve their profit. He likes mountaineering, water sports and long-distance triathlons. He is a proud IronMan finisher! Christophe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Google+.
Connie Certusi is Executive Vice President and General Manager, Small Business Solutions of Sage North America. Connie leads the startup and small business solutions business, encompassing Sage One, Sage Accountants Network, and Sage 50 Accounting. She is also responsible for the Sage Employer Solutions products. With over 20 years of experience in the technology market serving small businesses, she has a passion for helping entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed. She lives in Atlanta and is known for liking fast cars and Aerosmith.
Dave is a seasoned marketer with experience spanning both B2B and B2C marketing. His resume includes extensive work for several high-profile brands including Salesforce.com, IGN Entertainment, and Myspace (remember that?). He loves his work and is fascinated by the ever-changing landscape of digital marketing. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, two daughters, and their crazy cat, Martin.
Dave Lavinsky is the president of Guiding Metrics, which develops metrics dashboards for organizations. He is also the co-founder and president of Growthink, a consulting and publishing firm that has helped more than 500,000 entrepreneurs and business owners to start, grow, or exit their companies. Growthink specifically helps clients develop business plans, raise capital, and implement executive dashboards to profitably grow their companies. Be sure to learn more about Guiding Metric's features and/or check out Dave's Growthink blog.
David A. Lipkin is the leader of the M&A practice in the Palo Alto office of Morrison & Foerster, representing both public and private acquirers and target companies in large, complex, and sophisticated M&A transactions, including SoftBank’s $21.6 billion acquisition in 2013 of a controlling interest in Sprint. Mr. Lipkin has been a leading M&A practitioner in Silicon Valley for 15 years, prior to that having served for five years as Associate General Counsel (and Chief Information Officer) of a subsidiary of Xerox. He also practiced general corporate law in San Francisco for 12 years. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and has served on additional educational and charitable boards.
David Worrell is a serial entrepreneur, consulting CFO and financial analyst. His new book, Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Statements, has been called "Mandatory Reading for Small Business Owners". David's tips and tricks for running a more profitable small business can be found here and on his business blog, www.FuseFinancialPartners.com.
Deborah Sweeney is the CEO of MyCorporation.com. MyCorporation is a leader in online legal filing services for entrepreneurs and businesses, providing start-up bundles that include corporation and LLC formation, registered agent, DBA, and trademark & copyright filing services. MyCorporation does all the work, making the business formation and maintenance quick and painless, so business owners can focus on what they do best. Follow her on Google+ and on Twitter @deborahsweeney and @mycorporation.
Denise O’Berry is a small business expert who’s been helping small business owners take action to build sustainable businesses since 1996. Denise has worked with hundreds of small business owners over the years and continues to be inspired by their enthusiasm and ability to overcome huge obstacles. You can connect with Denise at her website at www.DeniseOBerry.com, follow her on Twitter @deniseoberry, or connect on Facebook.
Diana Mackie is a writer and a believer in The American Dream—small business. Diana helps small businesses stay up to date on the latest news, best practices, and, most important, the top digital tools to increase efficiency and productivity. She also writes for Funding Gates, a company that produces a receivables management software that does just that. Check out the Fund Gates blog for daily advice and tools just for small businesses.
Don Sadler is a freelance commercial writer focusing in the areas of business and finance. He specializes in grasping niche business and financial markets and industries quickly and then writing high-quality content targeted specifically to these audiences. Don writes ghost articles, blogs, SEO website copy, white papers, case studies, magazine articles, brochures, and corporate collateral. Reach him at email@example.com or visit www.donsadlerwriter.com.
Doña Storey is the American Express OPEN Advisor on Scale Up, advising entrepreneurs on how to find rapid growth through corporate and government procurement as well as helping large organizations scale their entrepreneurial partners to better meet demand in both the commercial and government marketplaces. She is an entrepreneur herself with extensive experience running and scaling up a business. For more information, visit www.openforum.com/governmentcontracting.
Personalincome.org was founded by Donny Gamble, a published author and investor. He graduated from The Ohio State University and has a passion for teaching others about alternative investment and retirement strategies. He is also a contributor for Huffington Post and has been featured on Yahoo Finance as well as other personal finance websites.
Drake Forester is the chief legal strategy officer at Northwest Registered Agent Services. Drake guides the company and its clients through the vast world of bureaucracy we all deal with when running a business. He specializes in researching and understanding the complexities of business entity compliance and tax strategies.
Ellen Rohr teaches business basics. As a small business expert, she specializes in helping business owners put simple business plan together, how to make more money and how to stay focused and profitable. Ellen helps make ordinarily dry-as-dust business planning powerful, easy-to-do and fast-to-cash. You can create a profitable business – and you can do it in a weekend. Find Ellen on Facebook, Google+, or visit the contact us page at Bare Bones Biz.
Emily Moorhead is the Senior Marketing Specialist at InventHelp, specializing in content creation. She enjoys blogging about inventions, innovation, and technology and has worked in business, audio visual technology, nonprofits, and hospitality. Her passions include cooking, reading, camping, and curling up with her two cats.
CEO & Co-founder of Alignable, Previously at Constant Contact for 10 years where he led Sales, Business Development, and Strategy growing the business from startup stage to 400,000 customers and $200M in revenue. Groves authored The Word-of-Mouth e-book and The Constant Contact Guide to Email Marketing, and is recognized as an expert on Engagement Marketing, Email Marketing, and local business, appearing on MSNBC's Your Business, Small Business Trends, Fast Company and The Small Business Advocate. Prior to Constant Contact, Eric held various leadership positions in sales, business development, and mergers and acquisitions at AltaVista, iAtlas, InfoUSA, MFS Communications, SBC (AT&T), and Citigroup. Eric has served as a board member for LogoWorks, uTest, BigCommerce, and More Than Words. Eric holds a B.A. in Economics from Grinnell College and an MBA from the University of Iowa.
FounderSociety is an invitation-only organization comprised of ambitious startup founders and business owners. FounderSociety provides community to a membership base made up of young entrepreneurs under 40, from all across the United States in a multitude of industries and verticals.
Gail Gardner is the Small Business Marketing Strategist who founded and provides consulting at GrowMap.com. Gail is easy to connect with on all major social networks, Inbound and GrowthHackers as her username is growmap everywhere. Follow her on Twitter @GrowMap.
Gary Dek is a professional blogger, SEO expert, and freelance writer. He is the founder of StartABlog123 and specializes in content marketing, link building strategies, and helping entrepreneurs grow their online businesses. Previously, Gary was an investment banking and private equity analyst.
Gary Morgan is an avid blogger, outdoorsman, and car enthusiast. His day job is as a content manager and public relations specialist for a network of relocation websites, including CarMoves.com and TopMoving.com. If you have any questions or feedback, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his Google Plus profile.
Grant Davis is a Data Modeler by day and a writer by night. His passion for computers started when he discovered instant messaging in junior high school. When Grant isn't trying to climb through the computer screen he writes for BMC, a world leader in mainframe services.
Gregg Schwartz is the director of sales at Strategic Sales & Marketing, a leader among appointment setting companies, providing lead generation consulting to hundreds of businesses. To follow the latest discussions in best-practices for lead generation, join Gregg’s Linkedin Group with over 6,500 sales professionals and business owners, Manage Your Leads.
Haris leads the creative and SEO strategy at AdFicient, a full-service search engine marketing and business development agency, which specializes in PPC management, SEO, conversion rate optimization, phone call tracking, web design, and analytics. If you enjoyed this article, you can also follow Haris on Twitter.
Howard Yeh is a founder and president of HealthCare.com, a healthcare search and comparison website, and co-founder of ContactUs.com, a software-as-a-service for online customer acquisition providing advanced contact forms, lead capture and lead management solutions for small businesses. Howard Yeh has been in the online lead generation business for over a decade, as an investor (VantagePoint Venture Partners, PeopleFund), entrepreneur (HealthCare.com, BrokersWeb, ContactUs.com) and performance marketer. He co-founded ContactUs.com in 2012. He was previously co-founder and COO of BrokersWeb, an insurance-focused online advertising marketplace which was twice named to the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies in 2010 and 2011 until a successful sale. Read the ContactUs.com customer acquisition blog for more tips on converting your website traffic into leads and sales.
Ian Brodie is a marketing specialist who helps consultants, coaches and other professionals win more clients. Get a free copy of his 5 Simple Marketing Tweaks That Will Get You More Clients here >>. Ian was recently named one of OpenView Labs “Top 25 Global Sales Influencers” and as part of Salesforce.com’s “Social Business Dream Team.” For more of his articles and insights, check out his blog at www.ianbrodie.com.
Jaimie Yun has more than 15 years experience across financial sectors of public accounting, corporate finance, and more. She is on the advisory board of PayDemand.com, a credit card processing marketplace that allows businesses to compare multiple credit card processing rates and get the best offer while remaining anonymous to processors.
Jan Triplett, Ph.D., CEO of the Business Success Center, uses proven growth structures to build profitable, efficient businesses throughout the United States and abroad. She is an entrepreneur, speaker, author, and advocate. Her book, The Networker's Guide to Success, is now in its third printing. Her company has won national awards from the Small Business Administration and was recognized as a top Management Consulting Company by the Austin Business Journal. She was the Texas governor’s delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business, an NFIB delegate to the Congressional Summit, and selected as Texas Small Business Advocate. In addition to writing her own blogs on growth readiness, business improvement, small business advocacy, and networking at ownersview.com, she writes for the Business Bank of Texas Resource Center. She hosts BOSS-Talks, monthly webinar and meetup programs, to increase business owners success and 1st Looks & 1st Success, mentoring programs that have helped over 200 businesses in just two years.
Jason is a digital marketer and entrepreneur with experience in many different verticals. His imagination peaks at off-peak hours. He believes that martial arts are the greatest form of self-expression. Chips and guacamole are his demise and he will always believe that being an astronaut is the greatest job in the world. You can learn more about him at his blog jasondelodovici.com.
Jayson DeMers is the founder & CEO of AudienceBloom, a Seattle-based content marketing & social media agency. Jayson graduated from the University of Washington in 2008 with a degree in Business Administration, and immediately entered the field of online marketing. Since then, he has become a contributor to Forbes, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, and other major media publications. Jayson occasionally guest lectures for 400-level marketing classes at the University of Washington, and keynoted the 2013 "MarketingProfs University." He's a member of Entrepreneur.com's "Team Digital," which provides weekly marketing insight for entrepreneurs.
Jeff Smedsrud is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HealthCare.com, the leading search engine and comparison tool for healthcare insurance plans. In his 30-year career, Jeff has built and grown health insurance marketing and business companies, and served as a healthcare reform advocate. Previously, Jeff was Chief Marketing Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President of The IHC Group, a publicly traded insurance holding company. Today Jeff serves on many nonprofit healthcare boards, including the Coalition of Affordable Health Coverage, and is a regular contributor to Healthcare Demystified, the HealthCare.com Blog.
A Jersey Girl in Barcelona, using her passion for writing and marketing to help small businesses define their vision and brand. This eBranding Ninja has a special love for Spanish startups, SaaS, and any innovation that helps you grow your business.
Jeremy Miller is a Brand Builder, Keynote Speaker, and president of Sticky Branding — a brand building agency. Jeremy helps companies stand out, challenge the giants of their industry, and grow Sticky Brands. He is the author of Sticky Branding: 12.5 Principles to Stand Out, Attract Customers and Grow an Incredible Brand — it's your branding playbook. For more information or to connect with Jeremy, visit www.StickyBranding.com.
Jim Camp is an internationally known negotiation coach who has managed transactions worth billions for governments, corporations, and executives for three decades. He’s the developer of Negotiator-Pro.com, the leading negotiation training and execution platform. His two business bestsellers are Start with NO and NO: The Only Negotiating System You Need for Work and Home, both published by Crown Business.
Jim Hoffman is the author of the IT Due Diligence Guide. He has over twenty years of experience in technology companies in the healthcare, financial, and telecommunications industries. Throughout his career, he has been called upon to lead many due diligence efforts, including mergers & acquisitions on both the buy and sell side. He has held numerous senior management and executive positions, and is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Besler Consulting. Jim is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
The Franchise King®, Joel Libava, advises prospective franchise owners on how to carefully choose, and properly research a franchise. He wrote Become A Franchise Owner! The Start-Up Guide To Lowering Risk, Making Money, And Owning What You Do. Joel’s much-needed franchise advisory services come with a 100% money-back guarantee.
John Foley joined AllBusiness.com in 2005, bringing with him an extensive body of communication, culinary, and business expertise. He is a successful entrepreneur whose interests focus on food, publishing, and communications. He has published weekly and daily newspapers and magazines, has owned and operated eight restaurants, and has begun two Internet companies. He honed his Internet development, sales, and marketing skills as Publisher of IzmoMedia, a Bangalore, India-based content provider. He is a noted culinary and business columnist whose work appears in the San Francisco Chronicle, Examiner.com, and a variety of other Internet sites. He has consulted on numerous restaurant, newspaper, and Internet startups. Foley recently joined crowdfunding company Foodie Tout to develop, launch, and publish FoodieDaily.com, a new Internet food site covering the who, what, where, and how in the world of food.
John Jantsch has been called the World’s Most Practical Small Business Expert for consistently delivering real-world, proven small business marketing ideas and strategies. John is a marketing consultant, speaker and best selling author of Duct Tape Marketing, The Commitment Engine and The Referral Engine. He is the creator of the Duct Tape Marketing System and Duct Tape Marketing Consulting Network that trains and licenses small business marketing consultants around the world.
John Rydell is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience starting and growing technology and telecom companies. John currently spends his time as president of Networx Online, a CRM-in-the-cloud business that provides online marketing solutions for network marketers. John is also president and co-founder of the sales automation tool PhoneBurner.com as well as the popular free online meeting provider MeetingBurner.com.
Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the Small Business Administration as an SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine‘s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007, and again in 2010 and 2013.
Jonathan Farrington is a globally recognized business coach, mentor, author and sales thought leader, who has guided hundreds of companies and thousands of individuals around the world towards optimum performance levels. He is the Senior Partner at Jonathan Farrington & Associates, based in London and Paris, and also the CEO of Top Sales World. You can visit his award winning daily blog here: www.thejfblogit.co.uk
Karen Leland is the president of Sterling Marketing Group, a branding and marketing strategy and implementation firm that helps CEOs, businesses, and teams develop stronger business and personal brands. She is the creator of the Brand Mapping Process©, which clarifies and strengthens 10 distinct areas of a CEO, personal, team, and business brand. Her clients have included AT&T, American Express, Marriott Hotels, Apple, LinkedIn, and Twitter, among others. Karen is the best-selling author of nine business books and a freelance journalist whose work has been published in Inc, The Los Angeles Times, Self, and others. Karen is a popular speaker for business groups including the Young Presidents’ Organization, American Management Association, and Direct Marketing Association. She has been featured in Inc. Magazine, Fortune, The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, and Oprah.
Katherine Kotaw is CEO of KOTAW Content Marketing, an international marketing strategy company headquartered in Los Angeles. KOTAW tells -- and sells – stories across multi-channel marketing platforms for SMBs and Fortune 500 companies as large as HBO, Disney and Mattel. Katherine teaches storytelling for the Content Marketing Institute. Connect with Katherine on social media or her website to learn more about personal and corporate branding.
Small businesses from Main Street, USA to corporate agencies have relied on Katie Hellmuth-Martin, Co-Founder of Tin Shingle, the national entrepreneurship and small business community and resource, for insight and forward-thinking approaches to using today’s technology to lock in online branding to increase sales. As lead producer and digital strategist at StudioPixelated, Katie has developed e-commerce and content-based websites, and devised SEO and social strategies for businesses of all types, including retail and service. Katie speaks and teaches SEO and online marketing, and has been featured in Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, New York Daily News, and other publications. At Tin Shingle, Katie and her partner Sabina Ptacin are growing one of the most widely depended upon editorial, PR and online marketing platforms for small businesses. Connect with her on Twitter via @KJPixelated, and with her at the Tin Shingle Twitter Tin Shingle @tinshingle. Join Tin Shingle's free newsletter, #SmallBizGoodness for more insightful resource articles you can use today to build buzz about your business.
Over the past 18 years, Kelly has successfully coached business leaders and people from all walks of life to reach their highest potential. With a Master’s in counseling, professional coach and mediation certifications, and 20 years of Human Resources experience, she has successfully helped others define their dreams and create pathways to success. She is the creator and owner of 1 Smart Life, LLC a new style of personal coaching with a team of experts in all of life’s challenging areas. And creator of 1 Smart Career, with a focus on the special needs of Executives and leadership development.
Ken Lyons is an online marketer with a nine-year track record of driving qualified traffic and leads to websites. He specializes in SEO and strategic content marketing initiatives. He also co-founded Cornerstone Content, a free digital resource for content marketing education.
W. Kenneth Yancey, Jr. currently serves as CEO of the SCORE Association, a position he has held since 1993. During his tenure with SCORE, Mr. Yancey has been responsible for developing SCORE into one of the most efficient, effective job creation and business formation engines in the nation. Prior to joining SCORE, Yancey served as Executive Director for the National Business Association. He is recognized as one of the nation's leading advocates for small business and represents SCORE nationally before the media, industry leaders and in Congressional testimony. He speaks across the country on the topics of entrepreneurship and small business trends and serves as a member of the HuffPost Small Business Board of Directors.
Larry Alton is an independent business consultant specializing in social media trends, business, and entrepreneurship. In addition to writing, he’s also active in his community and spends weekends volunteering with a local nonprofit literacy organization and rock climbing. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Leah Goold-Haws is currently the Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade & Logistics, in Far North California as part of the Doing What Matters Initiative. This initiative, of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's office is part of a state-wide effort for jobs and the economy. Leah is part of the CITD (Centers for International Trade Development) network and consults with businesses involved in global trade, promotes international business courses on behalf of the community college system, assists small business in developing global entry strategies, and increases exposure to global trade and logistics opportunities throughout the region. You can find out more about this initiative at http://doingwhatmatters.cccco.edu. Connect with Leah at http://www.exportnorcal.com or on LinkedIn.
Logan Abbott is a personal finance and consumer electronics expert with over 10 years of experience writing about small business finance, credit cards, mobile phones, business and residential VoIP phone service, and anything else related to finance and technology. Logan is also the editor of MyRatePlan.com, a leading comparison resource for small business and consumer products and services.
Inspiring business owners to take the shackles and restrictions off of their mindset to encourage maximum growth is what he does, hence Lyndon is the Founder and CEO of SunZu.com, a business social network based in the UK, with an emphasis on trading, sharing and learning -- not forgetting that people run businesses. SunZu is a business community with over 500,000 members worldwide. A lot more than a faceless social site, as he says himself. And after 22+ years of working with and inspiring entrepreneurs he has published and shared his knowledge in his book Diary of a Fortune Hunter. Lyndon setup his first business at the age of 19 in August 1990 at the start of the big recession with zero capital and no qualifications after leaving school at the age of 14, and has built his insurance business Constructaquote.com and Moorhouse Group to be a UK top 100 insurance broker specialising in the SME market both online and offline. Lyndon still owns 100% of the business today.
Marco Carbajo is a nationally recognized expert on building business credit and consumer credit restoration. He is founder of the Business Credit Insiders Circle, the nation's leading step-by-step business credit building system providing access to vendor lines of credit, fleet cards, business credit cards, funding sources and lenders that report to all the major business credit agencies. Marco has been featured in FOX Small Business, AllBusiness, Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corp, the SBA Community, American Express Small Business, Business Week, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Tribune and Entrepreneur Connect.
Maura Schreier-Fleming is president of Best@Selling, a sales training and sales consulting company. She works with business and sales professionals to increase sales and earn larger profits. She is the author of Real-World Selling for Out-of-this-World Results and Monday Morning Sales Tips. Maura focuses on sales strategies and tactics that lead to better sales results. Maura is a sales expert for WomenSalesPros. She is part of their group of top sales experts who inspire, educate, and develop salespeople and sales teams.She speaks internationally on influence, selling skills, and strategic selling at trade association and sales meetings, demonstrating how her principles can be applied to get results. She successfully worked for over 20 years in the male-dominated oil industry with two major corporations, beginning at Mobil Oil and ending at Chevron Corp. She was Mobil Oil’s first female lubrication engineer in the U.S. and was one of Chevron’s top five salespeople in the U.S. having sold over $9 million annually. Maura writes several columns to share her sales philosophies. She's been quoted in the New York Times, Selling Power, and Entrepreneur.
Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com, which helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide. She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources and business news. Megan has several years of experience on the topics of small business marketing, copywriting, SEO, online conversions, and social media. Megan spends much of her time establishing new relationships for ChamberofCommerce.com, publishing weekly newsletters educating small business on the importance of web presence, and also contributes to a number of publications on the web. Megan can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChamberOnline or @MeganTotka.
Meredith Wood is the Editor-in-Chief at Fundera, an online marketplace for small business loans that matches business owners with the best funding providers for their business. Prior to Fundera, Meredith was the CCO at Funding Gates. Meredith is a resident Finance Advisor on American Express OPEN Forum and an avid business writer. Her advice consistently appears on such sites as Yahoo!, Fox Business, Amex OPEN, AllBusiness, and many more. Meredith is also the Senior Financial and B2B Correspondent for AlleyWire.
Michael Boyette is the Executive Editor of Rapid Learning Institute’s e-learning site and is the writer of the Top Sales Dog blog. Michael formerly managed marketing and PR programs for DuPont, Tyco Electronics, and US Healthcare. Contact Michael via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @TopSalesDog
Michael Evans is Managing Director for the Newport Board Group, a partnership of board directors and senior executive leaders with deep knowledge of business strategy, operations, and capital markets. Previous to Newport, Michael L. Evans had been with Ernst & Young since 1977 and served as a partner since 1984. During his 34 years with the firm, he served as a tax, audit and consulting services partner, specializing in real estate companies and publicly traded entities. Michael served as the firm’s Global Director of the Real Estate and Construction Industry from 1988 to 1998, serving many of the largest international real estate organizations in the U.S. and the world. Michael is a frequent writer on business topics and has authored two books. He can be reached at (415) 990-1844 or via email at email@example.com.
Michel Theriault is an author, speaker, and consultant focusing on topics relevant to Managers and aspiring Managers in businesses of all sizes who want to get results, get attention, and get ahead. He is the author of Write To Influence (from the Quick Guides for Managers series), Win More Business – Write Better Proposals and Managing Facilities & Real Estate. Write To Influence is currently available as a free download in ebook and audiobook format. As the founder of Success Fuel for Managers, Michel’s work includes training, consulting, seminars, and business-oriented books. Connect with Michel or read his blogs about management and leadership on his site at www.successfuelformanagers.com.
Miguel Salcido is a veteran search marketing executive with a focus on SEO and link building. He has provided SEO consulting to enterprise brands such as McDonald's, State Farm, Chicago Title, Expedia, Qualcomm and others. In his 11+ years in the industry Miguel has built and led large search agencies, holding executive and VP level positions. He is currently providing SEO consulting services to select clients via his boutique SEO agency, Organic Media Group.
Mike Bal is the Director of Social Media & Content at Single Grain where he works with Fortune 500 companies and well-funded startups to grow their business through modern marketing. He specializes in brand architecture and digital identity as well as community development and management.
Mike is currently writing and curating a collaborative book project with some of the most insightful and successful people in business and marketing today. The book is called Marketing Apocalypse: The Brand Survival Guide and will provide entrepreneurs, marketers, and brand architects with the ideas, strategies and insight they need to survive in the modern and chaotic marketing landscape. To contact Mike, visit his website or follow him on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
Mike Kappel is president of Patriot Software, Inc., a developer of online accounting software and payroll software for U.S. small businesses. Patriot Software is one of five successful small businesses he has launched in nearly 30 years. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, and shares advice for small business owners in his blog, Small Business Expert. For more information, please visit www.PatriotSoftware.com.
Mike Wood is an online marketing expert and owner of Legalmorning.com. He specializes in reputation and brand management, article writing, and professional Wikipedia editing. He has written for many online publications that have included AllBusiness, Business Insider, Business2Community, and Social Media Today among others.
Mindy Thomas is a cutting-edge career consultant, professional résumé writer, professor, and entrepreneur. Through her company, Thomas Career Consulting located in Philadelphia, she leverages her 25-year business background with a solid foundation of career solutions for challenging times. Email Mindy at firstname.lastname@example.org , follow her on LinkedIn , and visit her website to learn more about her expert career consulting services.
Miranda is a financial journalist. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, online and off, and been mentioned by the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR, and Consumerist. Miranda is a contributor to U.S. News & World Report, and writes at the blog Planting Money Seeds. She is also a panelist for the Money Mastermind Show, a LIVE web show that airs every Thursday at 10 p.m. Eastern.
Murray Newlands FRSA is an entrepreneur, investor, business advisor, and speaker. He is founder of Due, an online invoicing company based in San Francisco that helps 75K+ businesses. Newlands is also an advisor to the Draper Nexus Network of Things Fund that invests in IoT companies. He advises entrepreneurs and startups on various subjects, from funding to growth strategies. He is the author of Online Marketing: A User’s Manual published by John Wiley & Sons. Murray regularly contributes to Forbes and Entrepreneur.
Neil Hare is president of Global Vision Communications, an agency specializing in strategic communications, marketing, and advertising for trade associations, nonprofits, coalitions, and corporations. Neil is a writer, creative think tank member, and expert on communications and business strategy. He is a sought-after speaker at business events on marketing and communications, both inside and outside the Beltway. Neil is the author of two novels, An Animal Cries and God in Hell’s Kitchen.
Nellie Akalp is a passionate entrepreneur, small business expert, speaker, author and mother of four. She is the Founder and CEO of CorpNet.com, an online legal document filing service and recognized Inc. 5000 company. At CorpNet, Nellie and her team assist entrepreneurs a across all 50 states start a business, incorporate, form an LLC, and apply for trademarks. They also offer free business compliance tools for any entrepreneur to utilize. Connect with Nellie on LinkedIn.
Nick Armstrong is unapologetically awesome at making marketing FUN for small business owners, helping them swear less and profit more. He rocks at explaining difficult-to-grasp marketing and web technology concepts, making them much less scary.
The Personal Branding Blog offers branding and career advice from Dan Schawbel and his team of experts. The blog helps professionals learn how to build a powerful brand that they can use as their competitive edge while searching for a job, advancing at work or with their own businesses. With thousands of articles, it has helped millions of readers since 2007. The blog was named by Forbes in both 2012 and 2013 as a "Top Website for Your Career" and it made CareerBuilder.com's "6 Job Blogs You Should Be Reading."
Rebecca Mazin creates usable solutions for employers to meet increasingly complicated human resources challenges. Her Recruit Right consulting, training, and writing produces consistently measurable results in organizations from small startups to industry giants. Rebecca is the author of First Time Firing, The Employee Benefits Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide for Managers and Business Owners and co-authored The HR Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide for Managers and Human Resources Professionals. Follow Rebecca on Twitter @thehranswer.
Rich Ellinger is a serial software entrepreneur with a passion for investing. His latest company, Wealthminder, strives to help do-it-yourself investors create a workable financial plan and then marry that plan to a sensible investing strategy, all online. You can read more of his work at The Enlightened Investor.
Richard Harroch is a Managing Director and Global Head of M&A at VantagePoint Capital Partners, a large venture capital fund in the San Francisco area. His focus is on investing in Internet and Digital Media companies. He is the author of several books on startups and entrepreneurship. He was also the founder of several Internet companies. He is the co-author of Poker for Dummies and a Wall Street Journal bestselling book on small businesses. He was also a corporate partner at the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, with experience in startups, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, and venture capital.
Richard L. Weinberger, PhD, CPA has over 30 years experience as a financial and management consultant dealing exclusively with small businesses. Dr. Weinberger currently serves in the capacity as the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants. In addition to his business experience, Dr. Weinberger has been a full-time and adjunct professor. He holds a PhD degree in organization and management, an MBA in management, a BBA in marketing, and a BBA degree cum laude in accounting. He is also the author of the best selling book Propel Your Small Business to Success: Accelerated Actions to Maximize Profit.
Rick has significant legal and business experience in contracts, financings, institutional lending, international business transactions (with an emphasis on China), venture capital and mergers and acquisitions. Most recently, he was the VP of Business Development and Legal Affairs for Globitech, Inc., a semiconductor manufacturer, and prior to that, a partner in venture fund KLM Capital Group. Previously, he served as the general counsel of Talegen Holdings, Inc. (1993–1998), the former holding company for the insurance operations of Xerox. Rick has also served as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar (1991–1992) and was a corporate and banking partner at the law firm of Pettit & Martin (1981–1993).
Rieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media and custom content company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship. Email Rieva at email@example.com, follow her on Google+ and Twitter @Rieva, and visit her website SmallBizDaily.com to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.
Rohit Arora, CEO and co-founder of Biz2Credit, is one of the country’s top experts in small business finance. He has extensive experience in global financial services and issues facing startups and growing companies. In 2011, he was named New York City's “Top Entrepreneur” by Crain’s New York Business and meets regularly with top executives from the Federal Reserve, SBA, and the White House on topics related to small business finance. Rohit is frequently quoted about small business lending topics in media such as Bloomberg, The Wall St. Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Entrepreneur, American Banker and others. He frequently writes about small business finance.
Sam Meenasian is the Operations Director of USA Business Insurance and BISU Insurance and an expert in commercial lines insurance products. With over 10 years of experience and knowledge in the commercial insurance industry, Meenasian contributes his level of expertise as a leader and an agent to educate and secure online business insurance for thousands of clients within the Insurance family.
Sarah Dalton is the founder of Able Mind Able Body, a Portland-based company offering corporate wellness services and online personal training & nutrition coaching. She takes an integrative approach to healthy living, and educates others on the benefits of fitness, nutrition and self awareness. Visit www.ablemindablebody.com for more information.
Sarah Santacroce helps small business owners get clients online. She will teach you how to increase your online visibility so you can quit chasing clients and get found; how to tap into the power of social media to increase your leads; and how to understand and master the intricacies of Internet marketing. LinkedIn is her favorite platform & she helps businesses & entrepreneurs to use it in order to capitalize their growth. Sarah's expertise and eagerness to share her knowledge with others have made her an in-demand expert and a sought-after presenter at numerous workshops and webinars. Sarah lives & works in beautiful Switzerland but works with people from all over the world. Click here to subscribe to her mailing list & receive her '21 Ways to Increase Your Website Traffic' E-book
Susan Payton is the President of Egg Marketing & Communications, an Internet marketing firm specializing in marketing communications, copywriting and blog posts for the software industry. She’s written three books: DIY Press Releases: Your Guide to Becoming Your Own PR Consultant, 101 Entrepreneur Tips and Internet Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs, and has blogged for several sites, including The Marketing Eggspert Blog, as well as CorpNet, Small Business Trends, Chamber of Commerce, and ScheduleBase. Follow her on Twitter @eggmarketing.
Sylvia F. Dion, CPA is the Founder and Managing Partner of PrietoDion Consulting Partners LLC, a tax consulting firm specializing in providing State & Local Tax and Employment Tax Consulting Services. Sylvia is also a speaker and tax writer whose articles have been published in the Journal of Accountancy, Bloomberg BNA’s Multistate Tax Report and in other leading professional journals. Sylvia is also avid blogger, speaker and recognized authority on state tax issues whose work has received favorable mention in Forbes.com and is often quoted on taxes in media reports, such as Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Sylvia is also a proud Latina, is fluent in Spanish and was recently named a top 50 Accountant on Twitter (@SylviaDionCPA).
Tom is a financial analyst and personal finance blogger. His personal finance expertise has been sought out and featured on Forbes, Globe and Mail, Mint, WiseBread, Bargaineering, and Consumerism Commentary. He can also be found on his own sites, including Canadian Finance Blog and Personal Dividends.
Tom Panaggio, author of The Risk Advantage: Embracing the Entrepreneur's Unexpected Edge, has enjoyed a 30-year entrepreneurial career as co-founder of two successful direct marketing companies: Direct Mail Express (which now employs over 400 people and is a leading direct marketing company) and Response Mail Express (which was eventually sold to an equity fund, Huron Capital Partners). As a result, he can give a true perspective on starting and running a small business. His practical approach to business concepts and leadership is grounded in the belief that success is the result of a commitment to embracing risk as a way to ensure opportunity. Today Tom lives in Tampa with his wife, Shemi. When he's not speaking or advising entrepreneurs and small businesses, he's spending time with his family -- his three daughters, Ashley, Christine, and Elizabeth, are all pursuing their college degrees -- or he's out on a racetrack. For more information please visit http://theriskadvantage.com.
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Urmas Purde is co-founder of Pipedrive, maker of popular web-based CRM software. Urmas has more than 15 years of experience as a sales trainer and software entrepreneur.
Yaniv Masjedi is the vice president of marketing at Nextiva (@Nextiva), a leading provider of cloud-based, unified communication services. In his role, Yaniv manages the firm's marketing and branding efforts by working to create strategies that drive awareness, strengthen the Nextiva brand and share the story of the company's unique customer-centric culture (dubbed "Amazing Service"). His responsibilities also include brand management, demand generation, advertising, marketing communications, nurturing programs and thought leadership. Prior to joining Nextiva, Yaniv led teams at IPOWER and the Endurance International Group. He studied political science and history at the University of California, Los Angeles. Keep up with Yaniv on Twitter @YanivMasjedi.