Celebrating the Best of Small Business at the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards!

small business influencer awardsThe countdown is on for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards, a joint venture between Small Biz Technology and Small Business Trends. Now in its 4th year, this awards competition is a way to recognize the people who support and contribute to small business growth in North America.

The Small Business Influencer Awards have three stages. The first is the nomination period, which runs through August 29, 2014. During this period people can visit the website and nominate a person or organization located in North America that is involved in supporting, assisting, serving or enabling small business, either through products, services, information or expertise.

There are 6 influencer categories and two special categories for nominations:

  • News Outlets
  • Corporations
  • Journalists
  • Leaders
  • Experts
  • Apps
  • Special Category – Small Business Marketing Campaign of the Year
  • Special Category – Small Business Growth Story of the Year

It is free to nominate someone, so if you know a person or business that qualifies, honor them by placing your nomination today!

After the nomination round the voting round begins, which occurs in two stages. During August 29 through September 15, the nominees for Small Business Influencer Awards will be posted on the website and you can head over to vote for your favorites. You can vote for as many nominees as you want, but you are limited to one vote per nominee.

In the second stage the judges panel goes to work deciding who should win awards. Joining Ramon Ray on the judges panel are Anita Cambell, Ivanna Taylor, Susan Payton, Joel Libava, Melinda F. Emerson, Brent Leary, Rieva Lesonsky, Barry Moltz, Sabrina Parsons, Andrew Patricio, JJ Ramberg, Tina Stock and Doug Sleeter.

The final round of the Small Business Influencer Awards is the announcement of the winners and the ceremony. On the week of September 22, 2014, the Top 100 Influencer Champions will be announced, as well as the Community Choice Awards (the top 5 vote getters from each category, 100% chosen by popular votes). Then on October 21, 2014 the Small Business Influencer Awards concludes with an awards gala to celebrate the champions. Winners each receive one admission to the gala, but anyone who wants to attend can purchase tickets as well.

We want YOUR input in this year’s Small Business Influencer Awards! Make sure to place your nominations by August 29 and cast your votes by September 15 to make your voice heard. Then join us in October for a small business bash where we celebrate the top influencers in small business for 2014. We hope to see you there!

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About Jennifer Peaslee

Jennifer has a Masters in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. She is currently working as a freelance writer, editor, blogger and researcher.