Judges 2015

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Professor M.S.Rao is the Father of 'Soft Leadership'. He is an International Leadership Guru and an internationally acclaimed leadership educator, executive coach, speaker, and consultant. He has 34 years of experience, and the author of 30 books including the award-winning 21 Success Sutras for Leaders. He has been honored as an upcoming International Leadership Guru by Leadership Gurus International and listed as one of the leading achievers around the world in Marquis Who's Who in the World in 2013. He serves as an Advisor and Judge for several prestigious international organizations including Global Leadership Awards, Malaysia.

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