The Winners of the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards Are Chosen!

small business influencerOn July 1st we approached the small business community with a call for nominations for the Small Business Influencer Awards – those people and companies that have significantly impacted the North American small business market. Your response was overwhelming as we saw nominations for the top news outlets, corporations, journalists, leaders, experts and apps pour into the system.

Today, we are happy to announce the winners– the top Small Business Influencers of 2014, nominated and chosen by small business owners just like you.

This years Growth Story Champion was Abe’s Market, an online marketplace for natural products. With the help of All Inclusive Marketing (AIM) they created a successful affiliate channel that experienced a whooping 4400% growth in less than one year.

The award for Marketing Campaign Champion went to CruiseOne, a home-based travel franchise. The company identified shopping cart abandonment as a major issue, and launched a follow-up email marketing program targeting potential customers that did not complete their purchase. The program has been wildly successful, producing triple-digit sales revenue and high click-through rates.

In addition to these two grand champions, the voting round also produced a list of the Top 100 Small Business Influencers. The list includes business experts, apps, cloud-based software solutions, small business media publications and more. You can view the entire list of 100 winners – along with 5 Honorable Mentions – here.

The Small Business Influencers were chosen by both community vote and the Judging Panel, so there is an additional list of winners for 2014 Community Choice Honorees. These are the top 5 vote-getters in each category, chosen 100% by small business owners like you. You can view the list of Community Choice Honorees here.

Up next on the agenda is the Small Business Influencer Awards Gala, where hundreds will gather to honor the winners. The Awards Gala is taking place in conjunction with the 9th Annual Small Business Summit.

The Summit is happening on October 22 from 8:00am to 5:30pm and will include a variety of small business sessions, giveaways and networking opportunities. It’s a must-attend event for all small business owners, so if you’re going to be in the Manhattan area on October 22, register now so you won’t miss the fun!

All attendees of the Small Business Summit also get a pass to the Small Business Influencer Awards Gala, which starts at 5:30 – so not only do you get a day full of education and networking, you then get to mingle and celebrate with the TOP influencers in the small business world!

Join us on October 22 for the Small Business Summit and the Small Business Influencer Awards Gala – you can register by clicking the Register icon below.


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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.

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