"Because it is so new; I'm in shock that Small Biz Diamonds has been able to place third in the top five for it's category," commented Ashley Neal, publisher/ editor/ writer of SmallBizDiamonds.com. "When I found out we were nominated I was extremely happy to be apart of something so big in the small business community. To be recognized by the small business community as a Community Choice Honoree is truly an honor! I'm still pinching myself."
The Small Business Influencer Awards honor those who are influential to small businesses in North America, through the products, services, knowledge, information or support they provide to the small business market.
The Awards are designed to recognize the unsung heroes of small businesses - those who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful.
There are two different Award designations within the Small Business Influencer Awards: (1) Community Choice, and (2) Top 100 Champions. The Community Choice designation recognizes those whose communities have supported them with top votes.
Says Anita Campbell, CEO of Small Business Trends and one of the co-founders of the Awards, “Influencers are those who play crucial roles in the small business ecosystem, but who often are in the background. Many of the Community Choice honorees are themselves small business owners, entrepreneurs or small businesses.”
Awards co-founder Ramon Ray of SmallBizTechnology.com notes, “Being recognized by the community as a Community Choice honoree also reinforces with employees that their dedication and hard work has paid off. The Awards are intended to provide that added boost in motivation and morale that can make a big difference in results.”
BlackBerry is the title sponsor of the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards. Other sponsors who leant their support include Infusionsoft, Vocus and GetResponse.
About the Small Business Influencer Awards
The Small Business Influencer Awards, now in their second year, enable the small business community to nominate and show their support for those that influence and support them. The Awards have an open nomination period, followed by community voting, and then a judging period by a group of industry-knowledgeable judges.
The Small Business Influencer Awards initiative is produced by Small Business Trends, an award-winning online publication, serving over 4,000,000 small business owners, stakeholders and entrepreneurs annually, and SmallBizTechnology.com, a media company that produces online content and live events educating small and mid-sized companies on how to strategically use technology as a tool to grow their businesses. The Awards can be found on the Web at: SMBInfluencers.com.
Anita Campbell, CEO
Small Business Trends LLC
Twitter hashtag: #SMBInfluencer