Small Businesses’ Most Influential Champions Honored At The Small Business Influencer 2013 Awards Gala – Small Business Trends

Cleveland, OH, October 23, 2013 – The top 100 Champions of the Small Business Influencer 2013 Awards (#smbinfluencer), were honored last Thursday at an Awards Gala at CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. In addition to the 100 Champions, Honorable Mention and Community Choice honorees were also celebrated, reinforcing the importance of those who work within the Small Business community.

The Small Business Influencer 2013 Awards honors small business influencers across organizations, companies and individuals who are influential to small business in the United States and Canada through the products, services, knowledge or support they provide to the small business market.

“The Award recognizes those organizations and individuals who play crucial roles within small businesses, but are often in the background,” adds Anita Campbell, CEO of Small Business Trends and co-founder of the Awards. “With small businesses being such a significant part of our business environment, its wonderful see so many individuals and different types of organizations working with the small business market,” adds Campbell.

“The Award is important as the winners and honorees are chosen by the small business community and then an expert Judging panel,” adds Ramon Ray, Editor& Technology Evangelist for and co-founder of the Awards. “To be an influencer size does not matter. You could be a journalist, a boutique consulting firm, small tech company, author or a multi-national Fortune 1000 company. What matters is your impact on small businesses.”

“What we as business owners are doing is very important,” says John Lawson, a multiple Top 100 Winner and CEO of ColderICE. “It’s important as we grow our businesses, to look behind us and help the next generation of small business owners see the path to their success.”

The Small Business Influencer Awards are co-produced by Small Business Trends and, with title sponsor support from Sage and PR Newswire.

To learn more about the Small Business Influencer 2013 Awards, visit the website or follow us at @SMBinfluencer.

About educates small business owners and entrepreneurs how to strategically use technology as a tool to grow their businesses. is the leading resource dedicated to technology for growing businesses.’s Editor & Technology Evangelist Ramon Ray, is a best seller author, event producer, journalist and national speaker and educates hundreds of thousands of business owners each month.

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