Once the nomination period ends, voting by the community – counting for 40% — will begin July 16 and run through August 5, 2012. After that a panel of expert judges will weigh in – the judges’ vote counts for 60%. The top 100 champions will be honored at an Awards Gala hosted in conjunction with the New York XPO Small Business Conference on October 17, 2012 at the Javits Convention Center in New York. In addition the top 5 popular votes getters in the six categories will receive a special Community Choice award. See Official Rules for more information.
The Small Business Influencer Awards are co-produced by Small Business Trends and SmallBizTechnology.com, with title sponsor support from BlackBerry, and support from Infusionsoft, GetResponse and Vocus. Organizational partners supporting the Awards include Vistage and PRNewswire.
“The Small Business Influencer Awards honor small business influencers across those organizations, companies and individuals who are influential to small businesses in North America through the products, services, knowledge or support they provide to the small business market,” said Co-founder Ramon Ray, Editor & Technology Evangelist of Smallbiztechnlogy.com.
“This is an Awards for the rest of us. You don’t have to be a celebrity to apply. Whether your company is large or small, whether you are a solo entrepreneur or a journalist or an executive in a Fortune 500 company – all are welcome to be nominated provided you have impacted the small business market in some meaningful way,” adds Anita Campbell, Co-Founder of Small Business Influencers 2012.
You can follow the social media action surrounding the Small Business Influencer Awards on Twitter, at: @SMBinfluencer or using the hashtag #SMBinfluencer. Or visit the website at: http://smbinfluencers.com.