Judges 2014

Anita Campbell is Publisher of Small Business Trends, reaching 5+ million small business owners and stakeholders annually, and BizSugar, a social media site for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Anita is on the Induction Committee of the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. She was an expert source for the Intuit Future of Small Business Report, and was a long-time board member of NEOSA, the technology network of COSE.org, and the University of Akron's Center for Information Technology and eBusiness. Formerly Senior Vice President and then CEO of a technology subsidiary of Bell & Howell Company, Anita is a frequent speaker who contributes writings across the Web. She is the author of Visual Marketing (Wiley 2011).

Ivana Taylor, Book Editor, Small Business Trends. Ivana is committed to small business growing enough to hire just one more person. She's accomplishing this mission through DIYMarketers.com, a popular online publication of small business marketing advice. She's the founder of Bizapalooza, a virtual event for small businesses and the co-founder of SmallBizOpinions.com, a site where business owner members can get access to data to run their business better. She is a contributing author to the American Express Open Forum and the co-author of Excel for Marketing Managers.

Susan Payton is the President of Egg Marketing & Communications, an Internet marketing firm specializing in marketing communications, copywriting and blog posts. She's also the founder of How to Create a Press Release, a free resource for business owners. 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, and BizLaunch.

Pierre DeBois, Associate Book Editor, Small Business Trends. Pierre is the founder of Zimana, a consultancy providing strategic analysis to small and medium sized businesses that rely on web analytics and social media data to optimize marketing and online presence. Pierre blogs about web analytics, social media, and related business examples at Zimana Blog.

William Bruce is an Accredited Business Intermediary assisting individuals in the valuation, sale and acquisition of privately held businesses. He currently serves as president of the American Business Brokers Association. He has authored many articles on the valuation and transfer of business ownership interests.

Daria Steigman Daria Steigman, founder of Steigman Communications, is a business and marketing strategist with a 20-year track record of helping companies and other organizations tell their story and achieve their business goals and objectives. She is the author of Independent Thinking, a blog which focuses on the business of running a business, entrepreneurship, communications, social media, strategic thinking, and what she calls "Independent Thinking." She created and wrote a business column for IABC's CW Bulletin, and has been a contributor to Workshifting.com and to Overdrive, the blog of the Entrepreneurs' Organization.

Kimberly Crossland the owner of The Savvy Copywriter, a digital marketing company dedicated to empowering businesses online through magnetic content and copy. She's ghostwritten and authored numerous books for small businesses, including her latest ebook titled Magnetize Your Website.

SCOTT G. WOLFE is CEO of zlien in New Orleans, LA, a platform that reduces credit risk and default receivables for contractors and suppliers by giving them control over mechanics lien and bond claim compliance. Scott is a licensed attorney in six states with extensive experience in corporate credit management and collections law, including the use of mechanic liens, UCC filings and other security instruments to protect and manage receivables. He is the founding author of The Lien and Credit Journal and has been notably featured in Bloomberg Law, Building Profits, Construction Executive, Supply House Times, and The New York Times.

Carla Jenkins is a Program Analyst with the federal government. Ms. Jenkins earned a BA in International Economics degree from Hiram College and a MBA from Cleveland State University. She also possesses Project Management Professional certification. A Cleveland, Ohio native Ms. Jenkins resides in Washington, DC.

Robert Brady is the head PPC wizard at Righteous Marketing, which specializes in managing pay-per-click campaigns on Google AdWords, BingAds, LinkedIn & Facebook. He frequently blogs on PPC for sites such as Small Business Trends, Search Engine People, the Clix Marketing blog, LinkedInPPC.com and FBPPC.com. He loves ultimate Frisbee, downhill skiing, and mountain biking.

Melanie Forman, CMP is the Creative Director and Founding Partner of Connecting The Dots Virtual Business Solutions, providing virtual administrative assistance, project management & event management services for individuals, small businesses & entrepreneurs. She is an award nominated Certified Meeting Professional who has strategically planned and coordinated events ranging from multi-day conferences, corporate meetings and non-profit fundraisers. She has been a featured blogger for The Hub Centers for Meeting and Collaboration. Melanie serves on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia chapter of Meeting Professionals International (PAMPI). She is an avid reader and collector of small business books and resources.

Simon Dunant is the founder of digital marketing consultancy New Rise Digital and has over 15 years experience of coaching and training businesses, creative artists and bloggers on web marketing across the UK, Europe and the USA. He also runs an independent publishing house The Dunant Press and he wrote one of the first and most successful books on digital music promotion during the new rise of independent musicians in the early 2000's

Brian Smith is Senior Managing Partner of Individual Advantages a management consulting company focused on helping small business succeed. He writes often and is regularly seen on BizSugar, EZines as well as at Chambers of Commerce and Industry websites and functions across the United States. Brian also writes regularly for his Blog at www.individualadvantages.com and www.yourbizdr.com.

Steve Sipress is a best-selling author and Publisher of Money-Making Magazine and the RhinoDaily.com entrepreneur blog. Steve is also the Dean Of NewBusinessAcademy.com. He is one of the highest-paid and most-respected direct response marketing consultants in the United States, and has hosted over 200 live events for entrepreneurs, small business owners and sales professionals, featuring some of the world's top business-building experts. He is a lifetime learner who has over 18 bookcases full of business-building books and other resources in his ever-growing collection.

Christina Bouza is the Cofounder & Director of Content for CJ Creative Solutions, a content marketing company that specializes in content production, curation, and social media moderation. She produces the company's weekly blog and maintains Catch1121, the company's curated magazine on digital marketing & social media.

Shelley Webb is the President of On The Webb Social Media, a media firm specializing in reputation management and social media for the senior services industries. She is a Registered Nurse, Geriatric Care Manager and an Amazon Best Selling author. You can also find her blogging at The Intentional Caregiver, She Owns It, Consumer Affairs and Dr. Mommy and Friends.

Deborah Carney is the founder of BookGoodies.com, a website to help authors get their books in front of readers plus educate authors on best practices. She has authored several business books and has podcasts for authors, affiliates and entrepreneurs. She is a frequent speaker at Affiliate Summit on topics related to marketing and working from home.

Dustin Luther is the Director of Engagement at Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp, where he oversees the content, event and social teams to develop campaigns that will engage and educate business owners on how to leverage their business credit to grow their business. An avid reader, long-time business blogger and student of quality storytelling, he is always on the hunt for insights he can share with the business community.

Martin Lindeskog is the owner of Egoist International Business Coordinator, working as a social media evangelist and trader in matter & spirit. He is providing moral and practical support on new media and business philosophy to sole traders, entrepreneurs and business-minded individuals. He is a numismatist, coin dealer and content creator at Objective Argentum, a blog for coin collectors, gold bugs, numismatists, precious metal traders and silver preppers. Martin is an avid book reader and is writing a book on tea.

Doc Kane lives in Chicago, and is the Marketing Communications Manager for RevenueWell, a software firm operating in the dental sector. Aside from his work as a medical writer, and ghostwriter, Doc is an historical researcher and recently completed all of the archival film and audio research for History Channel's six-part film, "Vietnam in HD." A veteran of the music industry, Doc is also a music producer and author of the "The Music Business Guidebook - a clear guide to getting a job in the music business. . .fast!" currently being revised and expanded for its second edition.

Lisa Dilg is the Director of Community Relations for the Better Business Bureau of Eastern Michigan. She has 15 years of experience of marketing experience working with small and medium sized businesses. Prior to working at the BBB, Lisa was a Director at a high-tech public relations and marketing firm based in Boston where she represented emerging start-ups as well as international companies.

Claire Boyles helps people transition from employee to entrepreneur; building profitable businesses doing what they love. She registered her first business in 2007 and now enjoys helping others avoid the mistakes that cause 90% of start up businesses to fail.

Having created success in her own business effectively using social media marketing, and having worked on social media campaigns with some of the biggest entrepreneurs in the world, she very much enjoys helping others understand the psychology and strategy of successful marketing campaigns.

To find out more about Claire and how she supports small business owners see: www.success-matters.com

Dale Anne Potter is a Textile Mixed Media Artist, Teacher, Coach, Speaker living in SW Saskatchewan, Canada who enjoys Spreading Positive Creativity worldwide!

Dale's passion is to show people that when they continually work on seeing the POSITIVE in their lives, more POSITIVE comes to them in abundance.

Dale is on the final edits of her first book: My Creative Road Map, a Path to True Happiness.

Dale's artwork has been exhibited locally, nationally in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario; as well as internationally in Florida, California, Wisconsin, Vermont, and Washington; and is in private collections worldwide.

Carla Holland
Carla Holland has been an advocate for small business owners for over 10 years. After several years of assisting over 305 entrepreneurs, I decided to create my own business that specialized in Leadership and Marketing. It is important for small business owners to shift their mindset to embrace change in the market place. I assist entrepreneurs to manage and grow a successful business. I currently work with University of Delaware's Small Business & Technology Development Center as Business Advisor.

Carla has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Masters of Divinity Degree.


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